In a bold step, it seems like Microsoft wants to bring its Xbox Live app on nearly every platform imaginable. This news is coming from the fact that Microsoft will be announcing this in one on of their publicized plan, and the plan will revolve around the Xbox Live online gaming service making its way to platforms.
Now this is where things get really interesting; as far as the platforms are concerned, iOS, Android, as well as Nintendo Switch are in line to get this app. The news arrived from the GDC 2019 panel by Microsoft.
What this basically means is that Microsoft is creating a software developer kit (SDK) for game and operating system developers so they can incorporate and integrate Microsoft’s Xbox Live service into their products. The purpose of this is to allow the developers to integrate the Xbox Live suite of game achievements, along with other features such as match making, social systems, and a lot of other features that are going to be integrated with their games, as well as their devices.
The SDK by Microsoft will also include the PlayFab collection of back end tools that are there to help the developers speed of up the process of games that have online play.
While it may not seem like much, the news is actually huge for the online gaming community, however, it is not something we had not already speculated. With cross-platform play between games becoming more common, it was more than likely to happen in near future. Gaming on both PCs and phones is growing, especially when you consider online play. Now with Microsoft lighting the fire, and bringing Minecraft to iOS, Android, as well Nintendo Switch, one can only imagine just how effective this planning and strategy is going to be.
This cross-play talk has been around for some time now, especially when you look at Microsoft, and with Sony and Microsoft making jabs at one and the other, it is only makes us wonder how the future is going to be for both the platforms. However, did you notice how Microsoft shows no plan as of now to bring the Xbox Live app to the PlayStation? I think at this point, it is rather an obvious choice.
Needless to say, Microsoft decision’s to bring this is certainly something that has managed to create quite a lot of buzz in the industry. This is great because GDC does not start for a whole month. Yes, it is starting next month, so, needless to say, Microsoft is creating a lot of buzz.
Do you agree with Microsoft’s decision of bringing the Xbox Lie to the majority of platforms available in the market, or do you think that they should not do that and let things stay the way they are? Let us know your thoughts.