Forums - Nintendo Discussion - Microsoft Considering Expanding Xbox Live to other platforms including Nintendo Switch

“Developers will be able to bake cross-platform Xbox Live achievements, social systems, and multiplayer, into games built for mobile devices and Nintendo Switch, as part of its division-wide effort to grow Xbox Live’s userbase.”

Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.

Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B 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."

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Obviously, there is already Xbox Live tied in with Minecraft on Switch, but this is pretty big

 

Source
https://schedule.gdconf.com/session/xbox-live-growing-engaging-your-gaming-community-across-ios-android-switch-xbox-and-pc-presented-by-microsoft/865429
https://nintendoeverything.com/microsoft-interested-in-expanding-xbox-live-cross-platform-gaming-on-switch/



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Whoa!



Didn't Microsoft already do this with Minecraft? I wouldn't be surprised if Xbox game pass is on Nintendo Switch via streaming soon.



I mean, it's a service that probably will be limited to compatible software across all platforms like Minecraft, cuz honestly Nintendo will never accept to engage with an active competitor on their own platform, they hae the NSO already. Idem with Sony.



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If that were to happen it might make the switch actually worth buying for me.

Microsoft, doing what Nintendon't!



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Ka-pi96 said:
If that were to happen it might make the switch actually worth buying for me.

Microsoft, doing what Nintendon't!

That press release reads like it's a done deal. Of course it's not Xbox Live as Switch's online service, but only affects cross-platform games.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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MS and Nintendo don't need to co-produce a console to achieve both of their aims.

MS would much rather give a slice to Nintendo than Sony/Apple/Google.

All MS/Nintendo have to do now is license Switch to dock to the Nextbox.



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Pyro as Bill said:
MS and Nintendo don't need to co-produce a console to achieve both of their aims.

MS would much rather give a slice to Nintendo than Sony/Apple/Google.

All MS/Nintendo have to do now is license Switch to dock to the Nextbox.

This is a good point.  I keep wondering how this helps their console, but really they are looking to help the PC platform.  All of this cross platform stuff makes the PC more attractive as a universal platform compared to a mobile device.  It will be interesting to see if they start doing cross play on games that don't translate to mobile very well.



So will we get achievements in Nintendo games now? Or how does this impact us?



If MS worked out a deal with Nintendo to put Xbox Live features including Achievements into all Switch games, that would be epic for me personally as an achievement whore. Doubt it will happen though sadly.