At the GDC 2017 event at the Moscone Convention Centre in San Francisco, Microsoft revealed some new plans to help Xbox developers and gamers to create content for Xbox Live.
This is with their new Xbox Live Creators Program, which Microsoft aims to use to allow anyone to rapidly publish Xbox Live-enabled games on the Xbox One and on Windows 10 PCs.
With it, anyone will be able to create a UWP game and then add in Xbox Live sign-in and social features, with minimal development time, or as according to Microsoft’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb.
Major Nelson continued to talk about it with the following statement:
With the Creators Program, anyone can integrate Xbox Live sign-in, presence, and social features into their UWP games, then publish their game to Xbox One and Windows 10. This means their title can see exposure to every Xbox One owner across the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio this holiday, as well as hundreds of millions of Windows 10 PCs, and millions of folks using the Xbox app on mobile platforms.
The Creators Program offers a straightforward way for developers to address a huge audience across Windows and Xbox One, with minimal additional development time. An important element is that developers can continue using the tools they’re already using today to create UWP games. Game engines with “out of the box” support for UWP games include Construct 2, MonoGame, Unity, and Xenko. The program works with retail Xbox One consoles, so you won’t need a dev kit to get started. For developers who want access to more Xbox Live capabilities and to gain additional development and marketing support for their game, they can enroll in the [email protected] program – even after their game ships.
On Windows 10 PC, games from the Creators Program will be available in the Windows Store. Xbox One offers players a more curated store experience, so games from the Creators Program will appear in a new, distinct Creators games section in the Store. This gives the best of both worlds – the curated store experience console players know and expect, and the opportunities that a totally open store experience offers as well. I’m stoked to see what developers create and offer the Xbox community with the Xbox Live Creators Program!
You can read more about the new Xbox Live Creators Program at the source link below.
Source: Major Nelson