This is so neat.
Ahead of a GDC talk, Microsoft has detailed its Microsoft Game Stack service, one that’s “device agnostic” and bundles services like Xbox Live and Azure computing.
“Game Stack brings together all of our game-development platforms, tools, and services—such as Azure, PlayFab, DirectX, Visual Studio, Xbox Live, App Center, and Havok—into a robust ecosystem that any game developer can use,” Microsoft said of Game Stack. “The goal of Game Stack is to help you easily discover the tools and services you need to create and operate your game.”
With rumours swirling that Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox Live and perhaps even Xbox Game Pass to platforms like Switch, iOS and Android, it seems that Game Stack is the way it will happen.
“It’s important to call out that Game Stack is cloud, network, and device agnostic,” the Game Stack page continues. “And we’re not stopping here.”
Another part of Game Stack is PlayFab, a technology that provides back-end support for online games, including multiplayer. PlayFab is already avaialble on iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox and PlayStation.
Microsoft hasn’t confirmed rumours it’s bringing Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass to Switch, but we’re expecting something from GDC. We’ll keep you posted.