Microsoft hasn’t exactly been shy about its ambitions for Xbox-as-a-platform. The company made it clear that it wants Xbox games to be available on all kinds of devices, from consoles to smartphones, when it announced Project xCloud in October 2018. Now a Game Developers Conference (GDC) session listinghas revealed that it wants Xbox Live to power multiplayer gaming across iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PC devices.
Saying that’s a significant expansion of Xbox Live would be an understatement. The platform is currently a one-stop-shop for multiplayer gaming on Xbox; it enables multiplayer in most games, offers leaderboards, and provides various social tools as well. It even has companion apps for smartphones and PCs. But it’s still primarily meant for Xbox consoles; the expansion outlined in the notes for this GDC session would change that.