What this announcement makes no mention of is Nintendo Switch support for Xbox Live, which was mentioned in Microsoft's initial tease of the GDC 2019 panel discussion regarding this Xbox Live expansion. Why?
Redmond-based Microsoft has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons in the world of console and mobile gaming by announcing a cross-platform SDK created to bring Xbox Live features to games running on mobile platforms like iOS and Android. "Our vision [is people] should have the freedom to play the games that they want on the devices that they want with the people that they want".
The new Microsoft Game Stack unites services such as Xbox Live, Azure, Visual Studio and PlayFab, the Seattle startup Microsoft acquired past year.
Microsoft has been pretty clear about its intentions to turn Xbox into more of a platform than a standalone console. When I inquired about the timeframe for Nintendo Switch support, Microsoft said it has nothing to announce at this time except that the company's philosophy is to bring its tools to developers wherever they want them.
Using Xbox Live will provide several benefits for game developers.
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Unveiled for GDC, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to Android by way of a new SDK. "Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers".
As reported by The Verge, that means mobile devs will be able to imbue their games with features like achievements, gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, hero stats, and some family settings.
Speaking about the new initiative at a media briefing this week, Microsoft's cloud gaming chief Kareem Choudhry said the tech giant has ambitions of uniting players around the world - irrespective of their platform of choice.
It's worth noting that a few games on mobiles already use Xbox Live for multiplayer - like Minecraft. "Mobile developers will now be able to reach some of the most highly engaged and passionate gamers on the planet with Xbox Live", explained Choudry. Today we got the official announcement. but Nintendo Switch support is mysteriously missing.