Xbox Live Will Expand to Android and iOS Devices

Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android games

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

With the launch of a new cross-platform SDK, Microsoft is allowing developers to integrate Xbox Live functionality in their games.

Earlier today, Microsoft announced a new cross-platform mobile software development kit (SDK) for game developers to build Xbox Live functionality into their mobile games. This will ensure that your scores, achievements, and other stats are synced with and to your Xbox One.

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Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live will be making its way to iOS and Android, following last month's GDC 2019 event itinerary from the platform-holder, stating that it would be unveiling the service for mobile platforms and Nintendo Switch. As The Verge reports, this means a single sign-in to a Microsoft account for access across all a player's devices. "If you watch what we've done, especially with Minecraft, over the past few years we've taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is on as possible".

According to Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Gaming Cloud, "Our goal is to really unite the 2 billion gamers of the world and we're big fans of our Xbox Live community".

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Today, Microsoft unveiled a suite of new tools for game developers under a new Azure product called GameStack, bringing together live ops systems for service-type games such as PlayFab, middleware engines like Simplygon and Havok, as well as new features like PlayFab UGC, which allows developers to set up user-generated content storefronts similar to that seen in Minecraft.

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