TECH NEWS – On this year’s Game Developers Conference, the Redmond-based company is planning to announce a jaw-dropping developer kit.
We have heard multiple times that Microsoft is supporting cross-play (they even made a joint advertisement with Nintendo for Minecraft!), and on GDC, they are about to step up to the next level. Here, they plan to show a new XDK (Xbox Software Development Kit) that would bring together the Xbox One (or even the next Xbox model(s?) and the PC with the Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS platforms.
Microsoft’s goal with this move (as well as with the Project xCloud streaming service) is to reach the „two billion players” that the Xbox-boss Phil Spencer has previously mentioned. The new XDK will be shown at the GDC by Jeffrey Shi (Principal Program Manager of Team Xbox at Microsoft) and Ramsey Khadder (Software Engineer of Team Xbox at Microsoft).
„[…] Xbox Live is about to get much bigger. 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. […] Xbox Live players […] can now take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen. This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun,” GDC‘s website reads.
We can’t wait to see this XDK. Sony is not on this list, mind you!