Windows 10 gets Xbox Live SDK, Xbox One wireless controller, accessories

By Scorpus ยท 6 replies
Mar 5, 2015
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    Yesterday at the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft held a keynote that included a number of details on how the company will improve the gaming experience in Windows 10.

    The first big update is the integration of Xbox Live into Windows 10. While this isn't new information - Microsoft pledged to bring Xbox Live to Windows back in January - today the company announced that an Xbox Live SDK for Windows 10 is already in the hands of select partners and game developers.

    The Xbox Live SDK will allow developers to integrate nearly all of the services currently available on the Xbox One into their Windows games. Xbox Live in Windows will be integrated into the Windows Store, and use a shared set of APIs that will be familiar to console developers.

    In the coming months, the Xbox Live SDK will be available to a wider range of developers. Microsoft plans to make Live services accessible to developers of all size, and a "new tier of Xbox Live" will be introduced to make this happen. On top of this, ID@Xbox, Microsoft's indie games program, will also be expanding to include Windows 10.

    Microsoft is also bringing support for the full collection of Xbox One accessories to Windows 10 (and possibly older OSes). Some of the wireless accessories, such as the Xbox One controller, will require a wireless adapter that Microsoft will release later this year.

    The final piece of news is that Microsoft will support cross-buy on Windows 10, allowing gamers to buy a game once and play it on both PC and Xbox One. This is a continuation of Microsoft's one store approach, which already allows you to buy games and play them across phones, tablets and PCs.

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  2. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I though you could connect and use the Xbone controller through it's usb cable?
  3. So Windows Store, Steam and Origin will have to coexist together? Can PC players play against Xbox One players in games like CoD?
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    you can. And I do. this is WIRELESS support its adding.

    Heres to hoping the wireless adapter is more like a nano receiver or something than the giant bulky mess from the Xbox 360 adapter..
  5. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +241

    Yeah, but now is wireless. A cousin has been playing that way with a 3m cable and it's quite uncomfortable for him.
  6. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    This "allowing gamers to buy a game once and play it on both PC and Xbox One" is actually good news, too bad I'll never buy and Xbone or games through the Windows market place thing. I have too many games on Steam to ever switch, as with most people on Steam, or who have been using Steam for the last 10+ years, it's almost ludicrous of Microsoft or EA to expect gamers to just switch to their service with absolutely zero incentive, well Microsoft has one now, but EA is still crap master with Origin. Watch Microsoft use the same adapter as the one used by the 360 controller, just change the internals, maybe a new color. A nano adapter a-la Logitech is too much to ask for.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,145   +911

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