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Incase you missed it: Xbox Live Coming To Nintendo Switch
Posted: Posted February 6th by Q


Xbox Live Coming To Nintendo Switch, iOS, And Android, Microsoft Confirms

Microsoft plans to expand Xbox Live to other platforms, including Nintendo Switch and mobile. The company says bringing the network to more consoles will "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."

The move was teased in the description for an upcoming session at GDC, where the plans will presumably be revealed in more detail. The session, titled Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and PC (Presented by Microsoft), will include details on the expansion, which Microsoft says will take Xbox Live to "over 2 billion devices with the release of our new cross-platform Xbox development kit."

The description continues: "Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen." Further details are scant at present, but we'll learn more during GDC, which takes place from March 18-22.

While this news doesn't necessarily concern cross-play directly, Microsoft has been talking for years now about connecting rival platforms, like PS4 and Xbox One. Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously explained that success to Microsoft involves more than just sales of Xbox One. In fact, GameSpot's discussion with him back in late 2017 is quite telling and makes this Xbox Live news sound like something it's been contemplating for years.

"I think about how successful Xbox has been, and what I think about is how many people are in engaged with something to do with Xbox, playing our games, watching things on Mixer, on Xbox Live, on our console," Spencer said. "But I look at those in aggregate, and so it's not actually about how many Xbox One Xs do I go sell, or how any Ss do I sell, or even how many of one individual game that I go sell. I look at, are we growing the number of people who have a relationship with Xbox in some way? [It] could be an Android customer in China playing Minecraft, but that's a person who's connected to our platform who's able to use Mixer, who's able to connect to Xbox Live, meet their friends online. That's really the metric for growth right now.

"I think if you get so focused just on hardware sales at this point, as gamers, we lose sight of what's going on around the console business. Console's important. I love the console space, but it's part of the gaming business, it's not total. So I just don't define success by any one individual version of our console and how many we sell. Are we growing the business? Are we growing the number of customers?"

Taking Xbox Live to other consoles seems like the natural next step after the cross-platform play that exists within certain games, such as Fortnite or Minecraft. Sony has been less cooperative when it comes to cross-platform play and allowing other services on to its PlayStation Network, and it appears this Xbox Live expansion will not apply to PS4 as yet. However, Sony did enable Fortnite cross-play as a beta late last year, so perhaps further integration of the major gaming platforms will become a possibility down the line.
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-live-coming-to-nintendo-switch-ios-and-androi/1100-6464772/


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Why Xbox Live Coming To Nintendo Switch Isn't Surprising

Yes, you read that right. Microsoft has announced plans to bring Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, with more details coming in a GDC talk next month. The company says bringing the network to more consoles will "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."

Until the publisher reveals more at GDC, we're not entirely sure what the move will involve, precisely. What we do know is Microsoft wants us to take our Xbox profile, including our Achievement history, friends list, clubs we're in, and more, to every screen--even rival consoles.

That ties into a wider recent Microsoft strategy to get its services on as many devices as possible. Gone are the days when it only wanted you to buy an Xbox One to be your "all-in-one" entertainment solution; now the company wants you to buy a Switch and play with your Xbox friends on it. Trying to pressure everyone into buying a Windows Phone didn't work--and was costly, thanks to the $6.2 billion (£4.7bn) acquisition of Nokia. Now, Microsoft Office runs on iOS, with a subscription fee for professional use. Instances like ex-CEO Steve Ballmer calling open-source OS Linux a "cancer" are in the past; instead, current chief executive Satya Nadella declares the company's "love" for Linux. It only makes sense for this platform-agnostic approach for Microsoft as a whole to involve Xbox. Sure enough, it's possible to play a huge selection of Xbox games on PC with Play Anywhere, and taking Xbox Live to other platforms seems a natural next step.

"I think if you get so focused just on hardware sales at this point, as gamers, we lose sight of what's going on around the console business," Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GameSpot in 2017. "Console's important. I love the console space, but it's part of the gaming business, it's not total.

"I look at those in aggregate, and so it's not actually about how many Xbox One Xs do I sell, or how many Ss do I sell, or even how many of one individual game that I sell. I look at, are we growing the number of people who have a relationship with Xbox in some way? [It] could be an Android customer in China playing Minecraft, but that's a person who's connected to our platform who's able to use Mixer, who's able to connect to Xbox Live, meet their friends online. That's really the metric for growth right now."

Ultimately, the real metric for growth is money. Microsoft's latest financial report states the company's revenue has increased 12%. Profit has increased by 18%. The company's share prices have tripled in the five years since Nadalla took over and began implementing this collaborative strategy.

In that sense, it seems an obvious move to bring Xbox Live to other consoles and to mobiles: it gets the Xbox brand to, potentially, an additional 2 billion devices by Microsoft's calculations. Nintendo in particular are the gateway to gaming for millions of children around the world--Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida once said the games industry "needs Nintendo to be very successful" for this very reason. Those children will soon possess not only a gateway, but a direct pathway to the Xbox ecosystem.

But there's an elephant in the room: Sony is, thus far, not mentioned anywhere in Microsoft's plans for Xbox Live expansion. Whether that's because the PlayStation-maker wasn't asked, or because it didn't agree with Microsoft's collaborative strategy, isn't clear. What is clear is that the Japanese company has been less willing when it comes to joining forces than its competitors: it resisted the temptation of cross-play, for example, for many years, saying the PS4 was the best place to play and that's the end of it. It finally succumbed to the pressure, but only in Fortnite at first, and only in beta form.

What's odd is that Sony was once the frontrunner in this space: Portal 2 on PS3 allowed cross-play with PC players through Steam. More PlayStation games have allowed limited cross-play functionality since then, but only Fortnite and Rocket League allow full cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One. At least that's some sign of progress, though, and if Xbox Live on Switch is a success, more pressure will mount on Sony to follow suit and allow Microsoft's service on to PS4.

When I was growing up, the thought of playing Call of Duty or FIFA with my other-console-owning friends was a mere dream. With Microsoft's plans to bring Xbox Live to competitors' consoles, that dream is a step closer to becoming reality.

"When you look at Twitch and you look at Steam, look at PUBG, look at Minecraft," says Spencer. "People on Minecraft on Switch are playing with people on an iPhone. They don't own a Windows machine or an Xbox, but they own our game, and they're using Xbox Live across multiple devices. That's what gaming in the future's about, right?"
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/why-xbox-live-coming-to-nintendo-switch-isnt-surpr/1100-6464821/



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TL;DR -
XBOX Live is coming to Switch and other devices. Mainly to give support for friends lists, achievements and better crossplay environments. Sony has not been announced to be part of this which is honestly not that surprising.


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Open your arms Nintendo. This is one area you can really stand to improve. Take the Metroid Prime 4 approach and just scrap your current system.

Posted February 6th by Vandy

Could this mean Master Chief and Marcus Fenix in Smash Bros?

I think this would be great for the switch I would love to be able to earn achievements and interact with my XBOX Live friends on the go.

Posted February 6th by Q
Q
 

I could see Master Chief on there. Marcus Fenix not so much. (I cant see Nintendo Allowing Fenix to run around trying to take a chain saw to Marios face) ((I would love that though))

Edited February 6th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

" (I cant see Nintendo Allowing Fenix to run around trying to take a chain saw to Marios face)"

I mean when you put it that way Nintendo probably wouldn't approve. How about Conker and Banjo-Kazooie instead then?

Posted February 6th by Q
Q
 

That would be neat. or even battle toads. This is good news for both companies. Nintedo Sucks with the Online stuff and Microsoft sucks at making platformers. I can see some sort of collaboration for some new RARE sequels/ remakes/ what have you.

Posted February 6th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

I forgot about the battle toads, they'd be perfect for Smash Bros.

Posted February 6th by Q
Q
 

yeah people have been taking it as support for the idea of Unspecified Microsoft Character being part of the Smash DLC, most likely Banjo & Kazooie or [that non-character from a certain open world blocky building game whose name I am omitting because it's such a shitawful idea for a DLC fighter]

Posted February 6th by Pirate_Ninja

Joanna Dark for smash.

Posted February 6th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

I'm not sure how I feel about this.. Competitors don't usually do this without some ulterior motive. Crossplay is one thing.. But this is taking it a bit further from cross progression. Obviously Nintendo has minecraft already, and they did publish ms games on the DS in the past (like diddy kong racing ds). But I feel like its one step closer to something more sinister?

This benefits Nintendo, but maybe MS more so. Nintendo is filling its own niche in the market as a hybrid console, but fact of the matter is that it is competing against MS and Sony still, no matter how many times they say other wise. Or perhaps MS and Sony see the Switch co existing and hope it gets used as a secondary console of some sorts.

MS would benefit either way without Sony on this, and it could give more people an incentive to have an xbone and nintendo switch together vs ps4 and switch.

Posted February 7th by ShadowFox08

I'm not sure how I feel about this.. Competitors don't usually do this without some ulterior motive. Crossplay is one thing...........But I feel like its one step closer to something more sinister? "

The ulterior motive here is that MS can get the XBOX Live service on more devices and thus get more people to get an XBOX Live account.

"This benefits Nintendo, but maybe MS more so. Nintendo is filling its own niche in the market as a hybrid console, but fact of the matter is that it is competing against MS and Sony still, no matter how many times they say other wise."

I feel like both companies would benefit almost equally. Could you imagine the Switch with XBOX Live style online service? It would be perfect. it would make playing games cross platform so much easier. And Nintendo is also not losing any profits and people will still be spending money on the console itself along with the games.

"MS would benefit either way without Sony on this, and it could give more people an incentive to have an xbone and nintendo switch together vs ps4 and switch."

I think you nailed it on the head with this statement. If MS and Nintendo team up they can match SONY's install base with the PS4. This could possibly get PS4 owners to get a XBOX someday as they might have a switch and get an XBOX Live account to cross play with friends who are on a X1.

Edit: Here is an article on IGN discussing what it means to have XBOX Live on other systems such as the switch:
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/02/04/what-does-xbox-live-on-switch-mobile-actually-mean

Edited February 7th by Q
Q
 

I have said before it makes sense for Nintendo and MS to just straight up have an alliance. Nintendo has the bulk of the IPs and MS has the best service. Halo or Forza on the go would be sick too.

Edited February 9th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

Word.

Posted February 9th by Q
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