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Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has really been pushing its Xbox brand as something that’s inclusive, with titles like Minecraft being cross-play across multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. Soon, the company will be going even further.

During their panel at GDC next month, Microsoft will be discussing how Xbox Live will be getting further implementations on other platforms. As the schedule puts it:

“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.”

While Minecraft players do currently have the ability to log into Xbox Live on Switch, this new implementation will seemingly allow games to incorporate more features, like Achievements and Friend Lists.

We’ll find out more once GDC 2019 is underway between March 18-22 in San Francisco.


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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.