The Xbox Live Creators program goes live Thursday, with first wave of games and allows any developer large or small to quickly and directly publish their games to Xbox One consoles and Windows 10, with a simplified certification process already in place for any app or game in the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) ecosystem—and no concept approval required.
In other words, with just a Dev Center account, developers can publish games to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Creators Program, is an open program and provide access to a large set of Xbox Live services, limite to features such as "sign-in and presence, use of Gamertag, leaderboards, access to Activity Feed, Game Hubs, Clubs, Party Chat, Game DVR and broadcasting on Mixer." While, services like Achievements, Gamerscore or internet multiplayer, are not available, however, through ID@Xbox program incorporating these features is possible.
And, of course, there's a path for games to move from Creators Program to ID@Xbox during development or even after they reach the Store. "While ID@Xbox was designed for professional game developers who wish to use the full set of Xbox Live features through a full certification process," explains the team, "the Creators Program gives all the other developers a "right-sized" set of Xbox Live services."
Once any Creators Program game publishes on Windows 10 Store, they get listed in the Games category. And, on the console, these can be easily discovered from a special section called "Creators Collection."
Additionally, the team also announced the Dream.Build.Play contest, that provides developer incorporating Creators Program with an Xbox One category to have their game on the console first time, while also a chance of some cash money.
To get started with Creators Program, follow these simple steps:
- to build a game utilizing UWP and Xbox Live SDK, use tools like Visual Studio, game engines like Unity, Construct 2, MonoGame and Xenko – and combine them with a retail Xbox One console and a Dev Center account.
- grab a free Dev Mode Activation app from Xbox Store, but then you're just a few button presses away from converting that retail machine into something ready for your development efforts.
- then get started for Xbox Live integration, by checking out Creators Program page and Xbox Live Creators Program step by step guide.
Here's a quick look at the first titles available today: "Animal Rivals, Blue Sunset Games, Crystal Brawl, Studio Mercato, Derelict Fleet, Bionic Pony, ERMO, Nonostante, GalactiMAX!, ONLYUSEmeFEET, kubic, Pixel Envision Ltd, Space Cat!, GershGamesLLC, Stereo Aereo, The Stonebot Studio."