Microsoft To Unify PC and Xbox One Platforms

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Microsoft To Unify PC and Xbox One Platforms

Postby lcocea » 2016-03-02 22:43



"...the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), a common development platform that allows apps to run across PC, Xbox, tablets and smartphones, would be central to the company’s gaming strategy... Now it seems Microsoft’s plan is to shift the entire development model towards universal applications that run across PC and console – indeed any machine that’s compatible with the Universal Windows Platform. This could have radical implications for the console model"

"Update: we asked Microsoft whether UWAs would be a closed platform, with only licensed developers able to develop for games. A spokesperson told us: “Any developer can create UWP games using tools available at http://dev.microsoft.com, and load those apps on their computer or send them to others to side-load. To widely distribute UWP apps, developers currently have to register to sell through the Windows Store and follow the store guidelines to make their app available. However, there is no approval process to obtain development tools or develop UWP apps."

Looks like we will need just one export profile/ShiVa engine for all Windows 10 platforms, supporting DirectX 12.
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Re: Microsoft To Unify PC and Xbox One Platforms

Postby broozar » 2016-03-03 23:34

there's actually a little more involved on the shiva side, we need to recompile and adapt the engine to make it work. so if you hoped that you can just take the latest engine and publish your game using VS2015 and UWP, you won't be able to do that. but this whole story is indeed something we are keeping an eye on, and an engine adaptation for UWP will eventually come - just not in the immediate future.
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