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When is Xbox Live coming to Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android?

Published: 4/Feb/2019 17:03 Updated: 15/Mar/2019 9:15

by Connor Bennett

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Microsoft have done their best to incorporate cross-platform play into a wide variety of games in the last few years. Now, they may have a plan to take that one step further and make Xbox Live available on a number of other devices.

Utilizing cross-platform play is a difficult thing to do as a number of parties have to agree and the technology has to be available to make it work.

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Games like Fortnite and Rocket League have shown the success of allowing games to be cross-platform but Microsoft is perhaps looking to innovate further. Now, taking a massive new step, they’re looking to go beyond just the normal cross-platform play.

MicrosoftMicrosoft will soon have a new Xbox console – but what new tech will follow?

How can you use Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android?

Microsoft is releasing a software development kit (SDK) which will allow game developers to integrate Xbox Live into titles across multiple platforms, according to a statement released by Microsoft on March 14. 

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The statement details just how it will be possible, as the company creates ‘Game Stack,’ which puts together all it’s key tools and resources, including Xbox Live, Mixer and Azure – with Azure being a key player in the cloud-based service. 

As and when your favorite game will be playable through Xbox Live on your handheld device will somewhat rely on the developer’s own embrace of the new technology from Microsoft – but the Xbox creator has made some huge steps forward in the process. 

Epic GamesFortnite has already shown the success of cross-platform play.

Will there be Xbox Live cross-play between Xbox, Switch, iOS and Android?

Just because Xbox Live is coming to Switch, iOS and Android, doesn’t necessarily guarantee that cross-platform play will be available for all applicable games. However, it does make it a lot more likely.

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Conference attendees will get an early glimpse of the new SDK technology that will open up the world of cross-platform play even further – allowing titles from Xbox to be played on other devices like the Nintendo Switch and an iPhone and vice versa. 

Microsoft have been pushing for more and more cross-play opportunities, even voicing ambitions to pair up players on their rival console, PlayStation 4. With Xbox Live coming to more devices, Microsoft are sure to at least attempt to push more cross-play, which they believe will drive more engagement with players.

Will Xbox add more than just Live to Switch, iOS and Android?

It looks possible. According to a report from Direct Feed Games, Xbox are gearing up to add it’s Game Pass subscription service to the Switch – handing over access to a huge library of games, including some of their own exclusives. 

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The report adds that Xbox games would have port versions for the Switch, with a title such as Ori and the Blind Forest mentioned by name. 

Xbox’s own Gears of War title has a mobile version – Gears POP! – in the works, making it possible that the spinoff game could be headed for the handheld console. However, there is no word on if the service would also be transferred over to iOS or Android. 

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A further report from GTPlanet states that there may also be a Forza Mobile game in production. Turn 10 Studios, the developers of Forza, are not slated to release a console game in 2019 – instead, looking at their options for a mobile title that could be ported to iOS and Android devices.

Update: Journalist Brad Sams, who has been privy to some interesting Xbox related scoops, said the following in regards to Xbox Game Pass coming to the Nintendo Switch, “There has been a lot of talk out there about Game Pass on the Switch. I’m hearing from multiple sources that is not happening. Let me qualify, that is definitely not happening in the near term. I can’t ever say never, because Microsoft wants Game Pass on TV’s, they want it on PC’s, they want it on Xbox, they want it everywhere with their XCloud stuff, but as of right now I am hearing from multiple people that it isn’t coming to the Switch. Obviously things could change and all that good stuff, but yeah don’t expect Game Pass on the Switch anytime soon. At least that is what I’m hearing.

The video of Sams discussing this and more can be seen below. Game Pass is discussed at 8:03.

MicrosoftA POP! version of Marcus Fenix could be on the Switch

Rumors around the next Xbox console release – codename Scarlett – have suggested that a diskless version may be on the way, utilizing a cloud-based streaming system to run games instead – which would also make it possible to have Live products on other devices. 

While it’s not yet confirmed if Microsoft is planning to release a console without the ability to use discs, there may be a demonstration of how it could work at the GDC. 

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FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale

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With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.

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As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

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Nathan Ake Manchester City FIFA 21
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Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.

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Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

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A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.

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We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.

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Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.


In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.