Microsoft offers ID@Xbox program for indie developers on Xbox One

With every Xbox One retail console also being a development kit, Microsoft announced a new ID@Xbox program for indie developers to get ahead with producing games for the platform. Full details below.

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Microsoft’s Independent Developers @ Xbox (ID@Xbox) program will help make Xbox One home to the best and broadest selection of games, with an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative titles. The Xbox team is committed to helping independent developers bring great new games to Xbox One, where every game will be easy to find in the new Xbox One Store – whether it’s the biggest blockbuster from a team of hundreds or a creative new title from an individual.

New features for Xbox One will bring games to the forefront, no matter who they are developed by:

 

  • Trending will show what your friends and the community are playing
  • Recommendations will highlight new games you may like, based on what you like to play
  • Spotlight will showcase Editor Picks for great games across the entire store
  • With Game DVR and Upload, gamers can instantly capture their favorite moments and edit and share them with their friends around the world
  • Achievements and Challenges enable developers and the community to create special events out of games

The ID@Xbox program will offer game developers the same great benefits that existing Xbox developers have today, including the full power of the console, cloud services, Kinect and the Xbox Live toolset such as Xbox SmartGlass, multiplayer, Achievements, Gamerscore and more.

A global support team, forums and local events will provide education and assistance to foster creativity and help developers with getting their games published on Xbox One quickly and easily. More info from the ID@Xbox leader, Chris Charla, and commentary from independent developers, available here.

Written by: Rob Cram

Rob Cram has hundreds of video game reviews, thousands of articles under his belt with years of experience in gaming and tech. He aims to remain fair and free from publisher/developer influence. With his extensive knowledge, feels his gaming opinions are valid and worth sharing. Agreement with his views are entirely optional. He might have a bias towards cyberpunk.

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