Microsoft Expanding Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch and Mobile

05 February, 2019, 10:43 | Author: Leah Owens
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Xbox Live has always been a fixture of the Xbox and Windows space, but it looks like Microsoft has its sights on making the service even more widely available. Major game publishers are still competing with each other, of course, but more and more they're finding ways to cooperate and work together.

GDC 2019 is next month, and in preparation for the event, the official schedule has been made available on the GDC Conference website. However, this event will see Xbox Live players being able to take their Xbox "gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to nearly every screen".

In a blurb for their upcoming appearance, Microsoft states that Xbox Live has grown to be one of the leading gaming social communities. That will expand the potential audience for Xbox Live from 400 million gaming devices to over 2 billion, by Microsoft's count-the service now has 68 million active players, Microsoft says.

Fortnite has already shown the success of cross-platform play.

Microsoft is now gearing up to release an updated version of its Xbox Live SDK.

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It does make sense, however, when viewed in conjunction with other initiatives like Microsoft All Access. The company is looking to bring Xbox Live to Android, iOS and even Nintendo's Switch.

The news underscores Microsoft's focus on bringing its services to multiple platforms. You could probably get a pretty good game of multiplayer Halo 5 or Sea of Thieves going on a Switch. That being said, if Microsoft can prove to devs that integrating the Xbox services into their game will increase monetization and user retention, it could benefit everyone involved.

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Xbox Live is one of the best console gaming networks out there, offering plenty of social tools and pioneering those ever-popular achievements.

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