After what seems like forever, Microsoft is finally living up to its promise of transforming all consumer Xbox One consoles into a developer kit. The company first made this announcement three years ago when the console was first announced, but the feature was delayed to the point where some folks believed it would never come.
What’s interesting about developing video games on Xbox One is the fact they will be universal, meaning they should theoretically be able to be played on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile with ease. “Windows is the best platform for the vast community of game developers,” according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. “Windows is and will continue to be an open development ecosystem where anyone can build, deploy, and service their games and applications.”
To make things better, developers will be able to use a consumer Xbox One to optimize their apps, so this move is not just about video game development but also app development as well. When the Xbox One Anniversary update ships later this summer, each consumer Xbox One will have a “Dev Mode” for users to play around with. The Xbox One’s new Dev Mode will be available today for preview testers.
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