They're releasing a new SDK for developers that will allow Xbox Live to be added to Android and iOS apps.Xbox Live is a major component of a whole new initiative, Microsoft Game Stack, which brings together Microsoft's development tools and services to help companies bring their games to Microsoft platforms. Xbox Live support on mobile devices will be possible through Xbox Live SDK, a new cross-platform mobile software development kit created by Microsoft.
Hints of this move, which will let Xbox Live players take their groups, achievements, friends lists, games progress, and more to their smartphones, first surfaced in February. Instead, they can select the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games.
"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", Microsoft's CVP of Gaming Cloud, Kareem Choudhry said at a briefing. Today we got the official announcement. but Nintendo Switch support is mysteriously missing. Couple this new SDK with Game Stack, that was also announced today, means that Microsoft is providing new front-end and back-end solutions that they hope will attract developers, large and small, to its online suite of services. It's worth noting that Xbox Live support does already exist for Android and iOS titles, but it's been limited to Microsoft Studios games. For that to happen, we need to see cloud gaming becoming more popular as it would then allow users to continue playing a game on their iPhone which they initially started playing on their Xbox console.