It appears Microsoft wants to spread the Xbox Live love to other platforms as Gamespot.com reports that Microsoft’s agenda for this cross-platform initiative’s 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.”
Apparently, this information comes from Microsoft’s upcoming GDC session’s description, where Gamespot.com believes this business endeavor will be explained in more detail. According to the GDC conference schedule website, Microsoft’s session’s titled, “Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across Platforms (Presented by Microsoft),” and this is where there they will go in-detail about this business move.
Gamespot.com cites Microsoft stating, “the expansion (…) will take Xbox Live to ‘over 2 billion devices with the release of our new cross-platform Xbox development kit.'” Then Microsoft discusses how engaged and active Xbox and PC players are now. However, Microsoft (via Gamespot.com) argue that with this cross-platform endeavor, their current Xbox and PC consumers will be able to “take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen.”
Though this news sounds like a wonderful idea, Gamespot.com states there’s no other details on the matter as we’ll have to wait until March 18th to the 22nd to truly know what Microsoft plans to do with this ‘Xbox Live cross-platform initiative.”
Based on this information, it seems Nintendo and Microsoft’s relationship’s building as time progresses. This observation comes with current cross-platform play between Xbox and Nintendo consumers with titles like Fortnite, Minecraft, and several others. Though I don’t expect Microsoft to willingly share this feature with PlayStation 4 owners, based on the information shared by Gamespot.com, it’s great to see opposite companies like Microsoft and Nintendo coincide with each other.
We’ll be sure to update you all when Microsoft discusses more about Xbox Live’s expansion to Nintendo Switch, IOS, and Android devices when the information’s publicly available.
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