Microsoft is doubling down on gaming inside its cloud division, bringing together several developer tools and services under one umbrella and introducing new capabilities from a key acquisition made a year ago. "Our vision [is people] should have the freedom to play the games that they want on the devices that they want with the people that they want".
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. It will also include the likes of DirectX, Havok, Mixer, Xbox Game Studios, Simplygon, and the aforementioned Xbox Live. It forms a part of what's being described as a Microsoft Game Stack, allowing developers to use all of its tools and services for game development.
In the immediacy, Microsoft has announced that its new SDK will be made available to allow game creators for iOS and Android to integrate Xbox Live core functionality.
"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", Microsoft's CVP of Gaming Cloud, Kareem Choudhry said at a briefing. 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.
"Over the past 16 years, Xbox Live has become one of the most vibrant and engaged gaming communities in the world". Today we got the official announcement. but Nintendo Switch support is mysteriously missing. Nintendo's Switch even uses Xbox Live to enable that game's "Better together" cross platform multiplayer. "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.
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