This week, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to more platforms, Google teased its announcement at GDC, and Microsoft if bringing its iconic Halo series to PC.
Microsoft announces Xbox Live for any iOS or Android game
Microsoft announced it’s launching a new cross-platform mobile software development kit (SDK) for game developers to bring Xbox Live functionality to games that run on iOS and Android. The move comes as part of its larger Microsoft Game Stack initiative to expand the offering of cloud-based tools for game developers. Venturebeat expressed disappointment that the initiative hasn’t been announced for other platforms yet, stating, “sadly, the rumor that Xbox Live was coming to Nintendo Switch isn’t yet happening.” Other sites that covered the news include The Verge, TechCrunch, PC Mag, Fortune, and more.
Google Set to Unveil Vision for Future of Gaming at GDC
In a video released Tuesday, Google asks viewers to join them for the 10 a.m. PT keynote next Tuesday as the company “unveil Google’s vision for the future of gaming.” Though there is no definitive answer to what the exact reveal is, many press have various speculations. Variety stated, “it’s rumored that Google will be showing off a new game streaming device tied to the company’s Project Stream as well as its Project Yeti hardware.” Ars Technica believes the reveal is Google’s hardware due to the company’s senior vice president of hardware Risk Osterloh promoting the event. The Verge stated, “it’s all shaping up to be one of the biggest announcements Google has ever made at the conference.” The video was also covered by PC Gamer, BGR, Inquirer, and more.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming to PC
Microsoft is bringing its classic Halo game collection to PC, and adding Halo: Reach to the entire Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The games will be available on both the Microsoft Store and Valve’s Steam store, allowing PC gamers to grab them from their preferred store of choice. Instead of a full package, Microsoft will be releasing these titles one at a time to ensure proper optimization, beginning with Halo: Reach. Forbes’ Erik Kain stated that the “bad news” for customers is that cross-buy will not be supported. This means that players who purchased the collection on Xbox One will have to purchase it again on PC. The news was covered by Venturebeat, The Verge, Polygon, and more.