Most people love cross-platform gaming, especially in the wake of Fortnite’s massive success, but it looks like Microsoft may be going one step further as it is reportedly looking at bringing some form of Xbox Live to other platforms, including Nintendo Switch.
This is all coming about due to Microsoft’s plans for GDC 2019, as it plans to detail a new SDK that will enable developers to “connect players across platforms.”
“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.”
This could potentially be a game-changer, especially following Minecraft’s massive cross-platform initiative, so we’ll keep you updated on any developments when GDC 2019 takes place from March 18th.