Xbox Live cross-platform gaming coming to iOS and Android

05 February, 2019, 10:41 | Author: Sharon Yates
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Something to look forward to: Microsoft is getting ready to expand its Xbox Live cross-platform support, bringing more features to Android, iOS, and Switch users. This Microsoft Panel, "Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across Platforms", is about teaching developers how they can take advantage of future features in the service. You already have to log into the service to play games like Minecraft on other systems, but this seems to be far more wide-reaching.

The page notes that the new development kit will let players take their "gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to nearly every screen".

"Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger", the GDC 2019 listing said. But if true, the upcoming developer's kit may one day enable true cross-platform play across different gaming hardware.

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In short, the new platform will allow developers to add Xbox Live support for Switch and smart devices in games more easily, outside of games like Minecraft and Rocket League that now support cross-platform play. On the surface this allows for the implementation of cross-platform stats and achievements, as well as cross-play, but there's likely more to it than that. Rocket League, Fortnite, Paladins, and SMITE, just to name a few games, all either have crossplay as of this writing, or intend to roll out the functionality soon.

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