A session description from the 2019 Game Developers Conference seems to have leaked a big upcoming Microsoft reveal: Xbox Live is heading to mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch.
The information comes from the GDC 2019 scheduling website, which goes on to describe Microsoft’s future plans for Xbox Live. As well as this Microsoft also has plans to leverage its PlayFab suite of backend tools as part of this package, which will be aiming to streamline the process for developers building live games across multiple platforms.
“Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.
Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK.
Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.
Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen.
This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.
I couldn’t find any mentions of when the launch window but the panel aims to explain how the XBL will work on multiple devices. The plan seems to be to make friends lists, clubs, achievement histories, “and more” available to XBL subscribers when they’re not on their Xbox or PC. I am more interested in what exactly the “and more” will entail.
While XBL is currently only on Microsoft platforms, (Xbox and PC), Microsoft has shown interest in collaborating with the competition for since 2017. Microsoft has already enabled cross-platform play on games such as Fortnite, Rocket league, and Minecraft. It would appear that Microsoft is on a mission to make cross-platform play more of a thing in the soon future.
I am very interested to see how this all unfolds. I think this could benefits us gamers in a few ways. What do you think?