Microsoft bringing Xbox Live to Switch, iOS and Android

A GDC teaser reveals that the Xbox online service is expanding to other platforms

No, it isn’t April 1.

Microsoft has plans to bring Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, Apple’s iOS and the Android mobile platform soon.

This is according to a panel description that will be held at the company’s Game Developers Conference session. The 2019 GDC takes place March 18-22.

According to GameSpot, the description says that this will, “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.”

The best part for longtime Xbox Live subscribers is that this will allow users to “take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen,” GameSpot pointed out.

Engadget mentions that the panel will be a “first look” at the service, so it’ll likely be quite a while before this functionality is implemented and regularly available.

The PlayStation 4 is not included in Microsoft’s plans since Sony has been vocally against cross-platform gaming. Though that could change as Fortnite was recently allowed to play across other systems and is currently in a cross-play beta. Rocket League was also added to that beta recently.

Published by Daniel Wilson

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