Microsoft brought the Xbox Live network to iOS and Android devices. The software giant is launching a new cross-platform mobile software development kit (SDK) for game developers to apply Xbox Live functionality to games running on iOS and Android. Xbox Live features, such as achievements, game cores, hero data, friends lists, clubs, and even some family settings, can be used on iOS and Android.
All this is part of Microsoft's greater efforts to make its Xbox games and services available across multiple platforms. Gamers will be able to select and integrate part of Xbox Live into the game, and all of this will be enabled through a login to Microsoft's account. Microsoft is using its identity network to support login, privacy, online security and child accounts.
Microsoft wants game developers to take a similar Minecraft approach and bring Xbox Live to more mobile games. Some iOS and Android games have made Xbox Live a success, but at present they are only available in Microsoft Studio games. This new SDK will open Xbox Live for more games.
If you want to see Xbox Live on the Nintendo mainframe, you may need to wait longer. Microsoft says its goal is to truly unite 2 billion players around the world. It seems unlikely to run Xbox Live on PlayStation 4, but Microsoft is willing to accept the idea if Sony wants to.