On March 1 2017 at Game Developers conference, Microsoft announced the Xbox Live creators program; which could soon see an influx of games on both the Xbox One and Windows 10. This program means people can “rapidly publish Xbox Live enabled games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC’s”.
This means Microsoft will allow anyone to create Universal Window Platform (UWP) games, and easily include Xbox Live content – except Achievements. These can then be published onto both the Xbox One and Windows 10 store, and Xbox One owners will be able to find the content on a new section on the consoles store.
Chris Charla, director of Microsoft’s independent developer program, ID@Xbox explained;
“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”
He also added that this will result in a “minimal development time”, and means developers wont need to start using new tools if they are already working on UWP games. This will also work with retail Xbox Ones, meaning people developing on this, will not require expensive development kits.
They will also be offered the option of enrolling on the ID@Xbox program if they want access to more Live capabilities and development/marketing support – this can be done once the game has been launched.
At this moment in time the Creators Program launching as a limited preview to some developers.