Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox Live to other platforms including the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. In the near future, the tech giant plans to release a development kit (SDK) that will allow developers to add Xbox Live into a variety of games and systems.
Microsoft teased this expansion of Xbox Live in a description for their upcoming Game Developers Conference, where they plan to reveal more details on the project. The session is titled, “Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and PC (Presented by Microsoft)
The entire description of the event reads:
“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.”
This expansion seems like the natural next step for the company as Microsoft has been talking for years about expanding cross-play to a variety of systems as well taking several major steps in the “games as a service” direction.
It’s interesting that the service is coming to the Switch of all platforms, considering that Nintendo already has their online service, Nintendo Switch Online. Despite how friendly Microsoft and Nintendo have been lately in regards to cross-play with games like Minecraft and Fortnite, the move is still unprecedented, as Nintendo tends to be very strict about letting outside developers gain access to their platform.
Microsoft knows where the future of the gaming industry is headed, and they are gearing up for the next generation like never before. They have invested heavily in cloud computing, allowing users to stream games to multiple devices as well as purchasing 7 first party studios to develop exclusive games for the next generation of Xbox. I think the company has realized that being able to play with your friends and have access to the online features you pay for in your Xbox Live subscription, regardless of what system you play on, is going to become the standard practice.
We will likely learn everything Microsoft has planned for this expansion when the Game Developers Conference kicks off on March 18th. What do you think Xbox Live on the Nintendo Switch will be like? Let us know in the comments below!