Over the past couple of months, there have been countless rumors and speculation about Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass coming to other platforms. A lot of those questions now have answers as today, Microsoft reveals Xbox Live for iOS and Android Devices.
Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President of Gaming Cloud at Microsoft, provided an update today on how Xbox Live will function on iOS and Android, as well as Microsoft’s plan to provide the support services developers need. All these varying services have been consolidated under something now called Microsoft Game Stack. This includes game engine tools like Havok and Simplygon, as well as servers with Azure PlayFab, since Microsoft acquired PlayFab last year.
“There are 2 billion gamers in the world today, playing a broad range of games, on a broad range of devices. There is as much focus on video streaming, watching, and sharing within a community as there is on playing or competing,” Kareem wrote in his post. “As game creators, you strive every day to continuously engage your players, to spark their imaginations, and inspire them, regardless of where they are, or what device they’re using. Today, we’re introducing Microsoft Game Stack, to help you do exactly that.”
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While we are seeing Xbox Live for iOS and Android devices, there is no explicit support for Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4 at the moment. Microsoft is holding an event at GDC to talk about Microsoft Game Stack and how it is useful for developers.