The migration of Xbox Live to new platforms has officially begun, as Microsoft announced on Thursday that it will launch a new software development kit (SDK) for developers to include the functionality of Xbox Live in their mobile games on iOS and Android. According to The Verge, this includes features such as achievements, Gamerscore, friend lists, clubs and family settings. Developers can choose and choose the elements they want to add.
However, despite the developers decided to integrate Xbox Live into their games, users will be able to access all of them with a single login to the Microsoft account. Microsoft will use the same identity network that it uses on other platforms to support privacy, security and allow users to set up child accounts for underage players.
“We firmly believe in the community, and Xbox Live really is at the heart of our gaming community,” Microsoft Gaming Cloud CVP Kareem Choudhry said at a meeting. “If you look at what we’ve done, especially with Minecraft, in the last few years we’ve taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is activated as possible, really uniting all those communities with a unique and consistent experience for those players.”
As The Verge explains, some Microsoft Studios titles on iOS and Android already have Achievements, but this SDK will open the online social platform to all developers who want to incorporate it into their applications.
As to whether Xbox Live could or could not get to Switch and PS4, Microsoft will not make any promises yet. Choundry says the company’s goal is “to unite the 2 billion players in the world,” but now there are no announcements to be made regarding any of the other major players in the world of home consoles. However, Microsoft is ready and willing to partner with anyone who wants to work as a team.