Microsoft is teasing that Xbox Live Support will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android bringing Xbox features to other platforms for the first time.
Microsoft is teasing the full reveal for GDC 2019, but apparently, it’ll bring features such as Xbox Live achievements, friends, clubs, and game history to Nintendo Switch and mobile.
“Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger,” Microsoft’s description reads (via Windows Central). “Xbox Live is expanding from 400m gaming devices and a reach to over 68m active players to over 2bn devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK.
“Get a first look at the SDK to 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.”
Microsoft has since removed this information from the GDC Sessions page, which suggests that they’re wanting to at least keep this info under wraps until the event next month.
While this is definitely a good move for Xbox players, it could open up more possibilities for non-Xbox players too. Fortnite on Switch will now not only allow other Switch players to party together, but they’ll be able to invite their Xbox friends list, too.
As more and more games have cross-network capabilities, it seems Microsoft is hoping that Xbox Live will be your one-place for gaming, but as Sony is still sort-of playing hard-ball I find it unlikely that Microsoft will be able to dominate the gaming scene just yet.
GDC 2019 begins on March 18 through to March 22.