Universal Windows Apps coming to Xbox One this summer

Windows 10 logoWindows developers will be able to build Universal Windows Platform apps for the Xbox One this summer, Microsoft finally confirmed at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today.

One way or another, Microsoft has been telling Windows developers to think about running apps on a TV screen using an Xbox for more than seven years now, first as part of the "three screens and a cloud" vision and more recently as part of the Universal Windows Platform. Microsoft also said that the Windows Store and Xbox Store would be merged.

Developing for phones, desktops, and tablets has always been more or less open, with even the gatekept phone platform easy to access with no particular entry requirements. But the Xbox has always been treated differently. Building traditional Xbox games meant buying expensive Xbox development units (which aren't available on the open market), with Microsoft exercising tight control over the finished game and being deeply involved in things such as the delivery of patches.

Universal Windows Apps coming to Xbox One this summer

Programs to court independent developers opened up the platform to make it easier to create games, but writing more general purpose applications remained off-limits to most developers, with only special partnerships (such as the Google partnership that yielded the Xbox's YouTube app) permitted. However, the implication was that one day the Universal Windows Platform would include the Xbox One. Now it's actually happening.

We expect more details to come at Build later this month.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: game consoles, Microsoft, Windows 10, Xbox One

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