Xbox Live has only been seen on Xbox and Windows, but it looks like Microsoft are wanting that to change, by making the service more widely available. In a now-deleted description for a Game Developers Conference 2019 panel, Microsoft seemingly let slip that Xbox Live is heading to Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms.
The listing page for the GDC panel presented by Microsoft has been largely deleted after the leak, that Polygon was able to capture before it was swiftly removed, it states the current title “Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across Platforms” and went on to include “Across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and PC. 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.”
While the old panel info didn’t provide any launch date or in-depth details (surely planned for the panel itself), it did mention how users will be able to view their Xbox Live achievements, friends lists, clubs, and more from their Switch or their phones.
“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,” it stated. At the moment, it seems like the cross-platform version of the app would be mostly limited to social features, rather than any gaming platform.
Microsoft has supported cross-platform play in the past, for third-party multiplayer games like Fortnite, Minecraft, and Rocket League. Microsoft and Nintendo even teamed up recently for last year’s “Better Together” Minecraft trailer, which showed the romance between the pair, when Sony were still not happy to jump into the cross-platform pool.