Windows 10 Universal Apps coming to Xbox One

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Over at the Game Devlopers Conference in the States, Xbox head Phil Spencer has announced a bunch of new developments regarding the Xbox One and gaming on Windows.

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Perhaps most significantly, Spencer confirmed that the Windows 10 “Universal Platform” will be coming to Xbox One when Windows 10 launches later this year. This is a development framework which enables developers to write code that will run on a wide range of Windows devices, including Windows Phone, Windows 10 and now Xbox One. This could conceivably mean we could start seeing more non-game apps coming to Xbox One.

Going in the other direction, Spencer confirmed that there would be new Xbox Live APIs for Windows – enabling Windows 10 games to use the Xbox One platform, and integrate with the Microsoft store.

On the hardware front, apparently from now on all Xbox One accessories will also work on PC – with a wireless dongle coming soon to enable Xbox One controllers to hook up to your computer.

So it sounds like Microsoft is pushing ahead trying to create a more integrated platform – it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of it.

James O’Malley