Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

Starting today, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to additional platforms. That means you'll eventually see things like Xbox Live achievements, Gamerscore, clubs, and more on updated and new Android and iOS games.

For more than a decade, when you think about Xbox Live, you are likely thinking of a black box that sits in your living room that connects to an online service. The goal is that by using Xbox Live services, the mobile developer will be able to easily tap into the already established Xbox community to drive more adoption of the new application. Instead, they can select the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games. Regardless of which features game developers pick, the features will be enabled through a single sign-in to a Microsoft account.

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"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", Microsoft's CVP of Gaming Cloud, Kareem Choudhry said at a briefing. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers". Today we got the official announcement. but Nintendo Switch support is mysteriously missing. Microsoft didn't announce which partners (if any) would be using Xbox Live on mobile devices, however, and considering third-party support on Windows-based phones and tablets was pretty weak, it remains to be seen whether or not developers will actually use it.

A GDC session description last month foreshadowed the expansion of Xbox Live, and it also included the Nintendo Switch console as one of the platforms set to become compatible with the service.

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