14 March 2019
Microsoft is expanding the Xbox Live to other platforms and the plans on the same are revealed in a description for an upcoming session at GDC (Game Developers Conference). The description only teases about it and we will hear more in detail in March when Microsoft will hold this conference.
So the plans on this expansion are evident and this move will allow the game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs as well. This will happen via new cross-platform XDK that will expand the potential of Xbox Live for everyone.
Until now, Xbox Live was reserved for Microsoft for its platforms but now, it will expand from 400 million gaming devices to over 2 billion, by Microsoft’s count.
The expansion will help the gamers to take their “gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more” to games on the Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms. Also, it appears, that Xbox Live expansion will not apply to Sony PS4. On the contrary, Sony did enable Fortnite cross-play as a beta last year across Microsoft Windows among other platforms.
The details on the Xbox Live expansion are pretty scant at this time, but at least we get an insight into one of the biggest announcements that will be going to happen during the GDC 2019 in March.