Information coming from the new cross-platform development kit that Microsoft plans to unveil was spotted on the schedule of 20the19’s Game Developer’s Conference event by Twitter user Avers and Windows Central.
The event titled “Xbox Live: Growing and Engaging your gaming community across IOS, Android, Switch, and PC.” Presented by Microsoft, the event is being touted as a success for Xbox Live so far. It has been said that Microsoft is planning to make use of the service even more widespread by giving developers the tools to connect players on different devices.
The GDC listing said, “Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400 M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK.“
Continuing on with the preview and a software development kit which will allow developers “to connect players with IOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft store on Windows PCs.” It goes onto say that Xbox Live users are already engaged on Xbox and PC consoles from things such as Listed Achievements, Online friends lists, and clubs are among features listed as the perks of having Xbox Live support on non Windows devices.
“Game services engineers are looking to save time & expand their customer base by letting Microsoft managed game services handle things such as social, communication and multiplayer interactions across billions of screens.” As the listing read, regarding their target audience for the event.
Microsoft already expanded Xbox Live to some games on other platforms so this initiative seems to be that on a larger scale by bringing Xbox Live itself to these devices. If you recall, Minecraft is one of the first games that comes to mind when it comes to mind that makes cross-platforming compatible and even unlocks achievements on Xbox Live when playing on Nintendo Switch.
Sony has been making progress with cross-platform plans by allowing PlayStation 4 users to play some games such as Fortnite and RocketLeague with others on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. GDC 2019 is scheduled for March 18th and will be going on until March 22nd.