As Microsoft pushes further into bringing Xbox to everyone, they announced a new SDK (Software Development Kit) today which will allow developers the ability to utilize Xbox Live while on an IOS or Android device.
Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft VP and Cloud Gaming Chief, had the following to say:
“We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community. If you watch what we’ve done, especially with Minecraft, over the past few years we’ve taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is on as possible. Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers.”
As of right now, there are no specific plans for the Switch or PS4, though Choudhry did say that their approach is inclusive and they are open to the idea.
We’ve been discussing it for a while here at SG, but it’s clear that Microsoft is following through on their commitment to going all-in on gaming. They are opening the doors on so many fronts, it’s almost difficult to keep up at this point in time. Between hardware innovation in next generation consoles, Live pushing across platforms, opening crossplay, Project XCloud, Microsoft Game Stack, and a wealth of investment in new first party studios, they are playing for keeps.