Microsoft announces the first mobile game with Xbox Live support
Cross-platform gaming is becoming a growing trend. Mainstream titles like Apex Legends, Fortnite, and PUGB have pushed its development further until the industry leaders took notice.
Microsoft already revealed they created an Xbox Live Software Developer Kit(SDK) for mobile in March.
Now, Microsoft’s Xbox Live, their central online service, is receiving Android and iOS titles by famous mobile developers Gameloft. Gameloft is the studio behind the Dungeon Hunter Saga.
Gameloft is preparing games with Xbox Live support
The video-game studio announced some of their flagship titles are receiving Xbox Live integration. The games are:
Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Dragon Mania Legends
These three games are free on the Play Store and the App Store. However, Gameloft is known for substantial pay-to-win features.
Microsoft’s SDK gives developers the ability to pick Xbox Live features so they can incorporate into their games.
Gameloft explains their mobile games will give players the ability to unlock Xbox achievements, use their Xbox friends lists to chat and play together, check Xbox leaderboards, and more.
Furthermore, the developer indicates the upcoming three games with Microsoft support aren’t the only games with Xbox Live support by Gameloft. We can expect further Microsoft features working together in the coming years.
Cross-gaming in the current-gen consoles
Cross gaming means titles you can play on any console while keeping the same account. Games like Fortnite and developers like Psionyx -Rocket League creators- pushed Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo towards the new trend.
For example, it wasn’t until February 2019 until Sony allowed players to carry their mobile, Nintendo, or Xbox account into their PlayStation platform. Of course that’s only useful if you have Fortnite’s in-game currency for any other collectibles in your account, but still.
Sony opened PlayStation for Fortnite games on 2018. They remained relentless because of their ongoing competition against their rivals — recent changes by the company area leading the way to more open next-gen consoles.
Cross-gaming unto next-gen consoles
There’re rumors the PlayStation 5 will feature backward compatibility, which is something the PS4 lacks but the Xbox One rocks. Cross-platform gaming for both the PS5 and the Xbox Twocould mean you could carry accounts from any game across both consoles and mobile devices. Exclusive games would be of course the exception and, as always, the big differentiator between the alternatives.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is working on a single Xbox Live experience for both the Xbox consoles and Windows Computers. It means there would be an only Microsoft online digital store for games, a separate account, and a more natural way to carry your saved games from the PC to the Xbox and vice-versa.
As for PC, we can’t still be sure about what will happen as the competition between the Epic Store and Valve’s Steam is ongoing.