Microsoft delivers social features from Xbox Live to Android and iOS games

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

Microsoft also revealed it would extend Xbox Live to the iOS and Android mobile platforms.

There are some iOS and Android games which already come with Xbox Live Achievements, but this feature is only available in titles from Microsoft Studios. Of course, this will also bring the infamous Gamerscore and Xbox Live achievements to iOS and Android games. Bringing Xbox Live to mobile games should probably have happened much earlier, and we've actually been hearing that it was coming since 2014. If you've taken a closer look at their progress, you could have seen the Minecraft game, and its popularity over the past few years. There are a lot of exciting possibilities here, and it won't be too long before developers actually start using Game Stack to make them a reality. Though Microsoft cloud gaming boss Kareem Chodhry hinted at a potential announcement for the latter in the future.

While none of these services are new and have been previously available either separately or in their own bundles, they're now available in a single, easier-to-use bundle that's aimed at every type of game developer. "Developers don't really have time to go searching for tools, and we know it's been hard to navigate and take full advantage of everything we have to offer".

Game Stack's one-stop-shop value proposition may help Microsoft gain an edge over rivals such as Amazon Web Services Inc.in this segment.

Microsoft officially reveals Xbox Live for Android and iOS, but not Nintendo Switch

Microsoft faces competition in the game space from Amazon, which acquired gaming video service Twitch to let gamers watch each other battle online and GameSparks to provide back-end services to game makers.

This suite includes the various tech and services the company has been busy snapping up and developing over the years. We first saw this change with the integration of Xbox Live and Windows 10, along with Play Anywhere.

These announcements are all part of Microsoft's mission to make Azure the "cloud of choice" for game developers around the globe, Azure Corporate Vice President Julia White said.




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