Microsoft showcases Xbox Live Creators Program at GDC


Microsoft announced a new program at GDC 2017 that lets developers publish to Xbox One and Windows 10.

Under the Xbox Live Creators Program, qualified game developers can integrate Xbox Live into their games and directly publish to Xbox One and Windows 10. The Creators Program will coexist alongside the indie developer support system, ID@Xbox.

According to Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox, games developed with the Creators Program will bypass concept approval by Microsoft and be directly released on Xbox One and Windows 10.

It should be noted that games made with the Creators Program won’t have access to Xbox Achievements, Gamerscore, or multiplayer matchmaking features, with the exception of leaderboards and chat. A hardware-based SDK is required to get the full use of Xbox One, including Project Scorpio, which means that developers will have to go through either ID@Xbox or publishers. It’s possible to develop with the Creators Program first and then switch to ID@Xbox at a later time.

There is no yearly fee for the program. Instead, a one-time registration payment of between $20 to $100 will be set in the future.

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