At GDC 2019, Microsoft is all set to debut a new cross-platform play which will expand Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS in addition to PC and Xbox.
Xbox Live To Nintendo Switch, Android And iOS
As of now, players are using the most updated version of Minecraft on PC which can be played on another platform via Xbox Live support. It requires players to login into their Xbox Live account on Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch. Now, Microsoft is all set to bring Xbox Live cross-platform to facilitate the cross-platform gaming via Xbox Live. All achievements and history of the game will carry over to the other platform like Fortnite.
At GDC 2019, Microsoft will host a developer session to reveal the Xbox Live SDK featuring cross-platform play. The information went live earlier on the GDC 2019 scheduling website.
“Get a first look at the SDK 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.” it reads.
Microsoft is also planning to get more hold on its powerful PlayFab gaming services to streamline the developing process for developers to build the live games.
Fortnite, PUBG, and Minecraft have already closed the gap between PC, Mobile and Console gamers. Now, Microsoft is strengthing the bridge that these games have made between different gaming platforms.
The session doesn’t mention PlayStation among the platforms that will support the upcoming SDK. It highlights how much the rift between Mircosoft and PlayStation has grown up. But it is a big move from Mircosoft’s side.