Microsoft’s ID@Xbox program is celebrating third-anniversary. The program allows indie developers to develop and publish games on Xbox One and Windows 10.
In addition, Game Preview will be coming to Windows 10 later this year, with Everspace from Rockfish as the debut title, revealed Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox.
In a post Charla notes, this year’s Gamescom marks three years since the ID@Xbox program was announced.
Adding. “the program enables independent developers to self-publish games on Xbox One, and later Windows 10 with Xbox Live.”
Further, he note that on developers demand they’ve added free dev kits, free access to Unity middleware, game-creation ability on retail Xboxes for app creators and hobbyists.
Alongwith, whole new programs – like Game Preview, which enables players to buy and play games while they’re still in development and offer feedback directly to the dev team when it counts.
Additionally, the company said that while it’s working with independent developers to take full advantage of other gaming features such as Xbox Play Anywhere, Clubs, Looking for Group, Xbox One S, and the upcoming Project Scorpio console, it has no intention of slowing down.
The company has also stated that there are “way more than 1000” games currently in development for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Microsoft went on to say that:
The company plans to share more information about these new games and the Game Preview program soon.
Microsoft has also outlined its plans to build an integrated ‘ecosystem’ of wireless accessories for gaming, not just for its Xbox consoles, but also for Windows 10 PCs.
Since the launch of the Xbox One, gamers could use their accessories wired or wirelessly with their console, but Microsoft expanded to Windows PCs with Xbox Wireless Adapter, and more recently, the new Xbox Wireless Controller with built-in Bluetooth.
Now, today, the company has unveiled first ever PC with integrated Xbox Wireless—the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube.
With built-in Xbox Wireless, “this PC supports all Xbox One wireless accessories — such as the Xbox Wireless Controller — straight out of the box, without needing any additional adapters or wires,” the company stated.
Microsoft says that it’s simply built in the Xbox Wireless Adapter “inside the physical chassis of the PC”, the first time this has ever been done officially.
Later in the future, they plan to “enable direct integration of Xbox Wireless into PC motherboards with hardware partners.”
Owners of existing PCs can simply buy an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.
Microsoft explains that Xbox Wireless offers “a best-in-class wireless gaming experience across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs”. Additionally it offer numerous advantages compared with other connection methods, such as:
- Low-latency and high-quality wireless gameplay for up to 8 devices at once
- Cross-platform use across Xbox One and Windows PCs
- Wireless support for stereo sound through a headset
- Eliminating the need for multiple adapters or wires for each device
Going forward, you should expect to see both new PCs and new accessories that support Xbox Wireless as the company is currently working with other partners such as Astro, PDP, Turtle Beach, and many more.
Today, to experience EA SPORTS FIFA 17, a new Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundles is unveiled.
“One S FIFA 17 Bundle comes with a full-game download of FIFA 17, three Ultimate Team Loan Legends, one month of EA Access and either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive (1TB version also includes an Ultimate Team Rare Player Pack) to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history, at $299 USD and $349 USD respectively,” the company announced.
In addition, you can play over 100 console exclusives on the highly-anticipated and newly designed Xbox One S, added Microsoft.
For those not aware “Xbox One X features one of the top 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players on the market, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming.”
For pre-order Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle, and other details, you can check here.
Here is the latest Xbox One S commercial: