Microsoft is at the Games Developer Conference talking about the future of gaming on Windows 10, and Xbox head Phil Spencer is on stage revealing the new details.
The first big announcement is that Microsoft is planning on bringing the “full power” of Xbox Live to Windows 10. Microsoft will do this by introducing the Xbox Live SDK for Windows that will support the same API set across both the PC and the console. Microsoft wants to ensure that Xbox Live is accessible to all Windows games, regardless of how small or big those games are.
This supports what Microsoft announced during its January Windows 10 event, where the software giant announced that the new Xbox Live app for Windows will be able to record in game content even on existing games. The SDK will give developers even more control of what the Xbox Live app is able to access in their games.
The Xbox Live Preview SDK is going live today and game developers can start playing around with it on the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Having full Xbox Live on both Windows and the Xbox will usher in a new era of cross-platform gaming, one that is long overdue since the ‘Games for Windows – Live’ days.Further reading: Gaming, GDC 2015, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, Xbox, Xbox Live