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Microsoft officially announce Xbox Live for iOS and Android games

16 March 2019
Microsoft officially announce Xbox Live for iOS and Android games

For Xbox Live specifically, a new Software Development Kit (SDK) is being introduced to allow for iOS and Android games to plug into the wider Live community and capabilities.

As can be seen above, this new SDK will allow developers to implement Xbox Live, Azure PlayFab, Direct X, Mixer and more on Android and iOS devices. That includes includes a trusted identity network based on Microsoft accounts, a frictionless integration for developers (Xbox Live-enabled games were notoriously hard to develop in the Windows 8/Windows Phone era due to Microsoft's strict guidelines), as well as many ways to keep mobile gamers engaged with achievements, crossplay, and more. They'll also be able to do it through a single-sign on to a Microsoft account, and build in safety features, such as blocking, muting, and account permissions-all features found in games already part of the subscription-based gaming network.

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"The goal of Game Stack is to help you easily discover the tools and services you need to create and operate your game", said Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's head of gaming in a blog. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

Last month it was suggested that Microsoft was preparing to expand the reach of Xbox Live to include many more platforms, including those of its competitors.

Well, GDC won't kick off until next week but Microsoft has just made official its ambitious plans for Xbox Live. However, if you are a Nintendo Switch gamer, then you may have to wait a little longer as Choudhry has also confirmed that it doesn't "have any specific announcements as it relates to Switch" but who knows what the future will hold.

That said, Microsoft doubled down on its platform agnostic stance with Xbox Live in the same interview.

As of now, I am not too optimistic of game developers rushing to integrate Xbox Live in their iOS games.