Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Microsoft announces the Xbox Live Creators Program

Microsoft announces the Xbox Live Creators Program

Several publishers are involved with the service, including Bandai Namco and Codemasters, and more games will be added to the line-up in the coming months. For $10 a month, Xbox Game Pass lets you access a library of about 100 games, both from the Xbox 360 library as well as newer titles for the Xbox One.

As someone who grew up with a Sega Genesis dreaming of the day that the Sega Channel would become a thing near me, this is something of a nostalgia bomb, but we'll see how it appeal to modern-day games when the service launches later this year.

As revealed on Xbox's official website, among the hundreds of titles that will be made available are dozens of triple-A titles such as "Halo 5: Guardians", "NBA 2K16", and more.

Long story short, you career in game development is now leaps and bounds easier with Microsoft's Xbox Live Creators Program.

Microsoft recently announced a brand new gaming subscription service for owners of Xbox One known as Xbox Game Pass Subscription Service. The games range from backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games to more modern Xbox One games, and accessible across Xbox One and the upcoming Scorpio console. Business Insider speculated the likely arrangement will be for GameStop and other retailers to sell prepaid cards for Xbox Game Pass similar to how Netflix and Hulu sell subscriptions at cash registers.

The certification process will be simplified and games so published will be featured in a "Creator's Store". According to a statement, the console will be launched along with a number of games that can take full advantage of its hardware. As of now, Construct 2, MonoGame, Unity, and Xenko are the different game engines that will be supported when the creators program begins.

First, we are opening publishing to the Xbox One console.

In addition, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will receive discounts when purchasing games or add-ons for games now in the Xbox Game Pass catalog. Microsoft also reserves the right to remove your game from the store if it has "harmful or inappropriate content", as the company won't be binding any devs with non-disclosure agreements or concept approvals.

Phil Spencer, of Xbox, said: "At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of everything we do and remain committed to giving you the freedom to play the games you want, with the friends you want, on the devices you want". Once your game is certified, it is good to go on Xbox Live.

Second, we're making it easy to integrate with Xbox Live using the Xbox Live Creators SDK.

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