Microsoft has something big planned for mobile devices

Xbox Live is coming to Android and iOS devices, as well as to the Nintendo Switch

Where it was intentional or not, Microsoft has let the cat out of the bag. It appears that the software giant is bringing Xbox Live to mobile and other platforms and its cross-platform solution could be available as soon as next month.

Windows Central picked up on a software development kit (SDK) being introduced by Microsoft that will allow Xbox Live games to be integrated into virtually any device – Android, iOS, Xbox, PC and even the Nintendo Switch. Put a different way, the SDK will allow for Xbox Live to be included in any video game, making it possible for developers to offer their titles for almost all gaming platforms.

There is already some cross-integration between Xbox Live and Android and iOS devices, but it is limited to titles from Microsoft Studios. The new development is much larger and will see Xbox Live expand “from 400 million gaming devices and a reach to over 68 million active players to over 2 billion devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK.”

The platform will allow developers to include friends lists, achievements and multiplayer functionality to existing mobile games. It is all part of Microsoft’s plan to expand beyond traditional markets and allow access on rival platforms. Also involved in that plan is a new xCloud game streaming service being developed by the company that will allow Xbox games to be streamed to consoles, mobile devices and PCs. That platform is expected to be ready before the end of this year.

Microsoft’s mission is to become the Netflix of video games. It has already started to make that happen with its subscription-based Xbox Game Pass, and the inclusion of the SDK, if accepted by developers, will further enhance its goal.

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