Microsoft’s Xbox Live can soon work in any Android game

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

Fitting with the company's overall push to make its apps and services work across a variety of platforms, including rival offerings, Microsoft Game Stack will work for developers building games for any type of device, as well as other cloud platforms.

Microsoft is launching a new cross-platform SDK for mobile devices that'll allow game developers to tap into Xbox Live's functionality. Despite previous mentions, Nintendo Switch has not been included in the scheme right now, meaning either plans have changed, or it's a bit too early to be talking about that platform yet. While Microsoft is interested in bringing Xbox Live integration to PS4 games as well, Sony is not really welcoming of this.

As insane as it might sound, would you like to see Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch? The goal is that by using Xbox Live services, the mobile developer will be able to easily tap into the already established Xbox community to drive more adoption of the new application.

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Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's gaming cloud chief said, "We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community. Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".

"Over the past 16 years, Xbox Live has become one of the most vibrant and engaged gaming communities in the world. Mobile developers will now be able to reach some of the most highly engaged and passionate gamers on the planet with Xbox Live", explained Choudry.

The Xbox Live developers kit will allow game makers to select features they want to integrate into their games, including friend lists, club membership, and hero stats. 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. "Phil [Spencer] has been very proactive on issues like cross-play, cross-progression, and uniting gamer networks, and we're willing to partner with the industry as much as we possibly can".

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