Surviving as an indie developer is hard.
What makes it even harder though, is the fact that you normally need to be accepted into special developer programs to be able to work on and test your game. This is an issue for many developers because sometimes someone with no name recognition could be the genius of a company that hasn’t been born yet, and it’s often nearly impossible for that person to gain access to the resourses they need to succeed. In the past, Microsoft led a program called [email protected], which allowed developers to receive special developer versions of Microsoft’s XBOX hardware to test and develop on. The catch, unfortunately, was that to get into the program, you needed to first be certified by Microsoft as a “Registered Developer”, which created a developmental hierarchy favoring those who already had successful games on the market. Imagine if Bungie was not able to get certified for such a program before the release of HALO. What then? What can new, fresh developers do to get their software into the hands of consumers?
Fortunately, today Microsoft announced the release of the XBOX dev app, which allows anyone who wishes it to have the ability to use any XBOX One console as a full development box. With the platform shifting to Windows 10, it no longer made sense to keep development boxes separate from regular XBOX consoles. Now, Microsoft is letting anyone who wants to be able to test and develop XBOX games right on their system. With Microsoft moving towards the idea of user based content filling the market, it only made sense for the team to make such a transition. Jason Ronald, Group Program Manager for the XBOX team had this to say about the move:
We are all about making it easier for game developers to bring their games to the platforms where their audiences are. As a kid, the number one thing I wanted to do was to have my app or game appear on my television screen. Few things are more magical than seeing something you created in the real world, and I am very excited bringing that experience to a greater number of amateur or hobbyist developers.
In July, Microsoft will roll out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which will push both support for the XBOX One development environment, as well as introduce Cortana, Microsoft’s Virtual Assistant onto the console. Though the voice-activated Google Now and Siri competitor was originally scheduled to be released in last year’s fall update, the initiative was pushed back, and it seems only fitting that she should be released with the rest of the content, as part of a larger package.
Are you looking forward to be able to develop on your console at home?
Time to start learning.
via: Tech Crunch
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