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#1 Showan

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:40


Remember when Microsoft was teasing that developers might be able to run Windows 8 games on the Xbox One due to the similarities in their interfaces? Well it turns out that it’s very much a possibility and requires very little extra work, according to Naoyuki Isogai, who is the Director of Xbox Marketing Group in Microsoft Japan.
Speaking to Game Revolution about the ability to turn any Xbox One into a development kit and about how big this would be for Japanese developers, Isogai stated, “Yep, I think it will be pretty big. This is a new system that will attract Japanese independent developers. Because, as I said, users can put something different than games on the right hand side of the screen, and this area not only gaming or video or music, but wide variety of apps could be posted in here. So they can try new things with Xbox One.
“And the apps posted in here are not only here, but could be expanded to full screen as well. It’s using Windows, so the development technology used for that is about the same as Windows 8. Windows apps are basically developed in what’s called Visual Studio. Furthermore, if anyone develops a game for Windows 8, they can take that game with almost the exact same code, to the Xbox One. It’s up to the developer if they want to or not.
When asked the follow-up question if a developer could really create something for Windows 8 and get it running on Xbox One using almost the same code, Isogai responded, “Yeah, almost the same code.”
Given the relatively larger selection of apps across Windows 8, this would give the Xbox One an even bigger edge in the casual market, something aided further by the use of Kinect and other multimedia functions. In fact, if developers create games for Windows 8, it will take virtually nothing to port said titles over to the Xbox One (like Halo Spartan Assault, for example). Will it help push the Xbox One past the PS4 when both consoles release this November? Stay tuned.

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#2 spenser.d

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:02

Kinda makes Steambox pointless :laugh:

This was pretty expected imo. I dunno how it'll play out but it could have a pretty big impact.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:30

I was thinking so small about the Xbox One...

Xbox One (powered by Azure), is Grand Central Station, for Microsoft.

#4 JonnyLH

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 17:18

Important point is by Windows 8, they mean metro. Although, this is still excellent but a given considering the announcements around it.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:05

Kinda makes Steambox pointless :laugh:

This was pretty expected imo. I dunno how it'll play out but it could have a pretty big impact.

 

Except I'm pretty sure the article is referencing metro apps/games and not traditional games.   :rolleyes:



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:12

Except I'm pretty sure the article is referencing metro apps/games and not traditional games.   :rolleyes:

 

So what?



#7 TheExperiment

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:12

Except I'm pretty sure the article is referencing metro apps/games and not traditional games.   :rolleyes:

Steambox could be said to reference Linux apps/games and not traditional games.

 

So...your point?



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:12

Really good news but not surprising.  What I want to know is if you buy a digital copy of a game, whether or not you can move it between PC and X1 without having to repurchase.  That would be a really good incentive to move away from discs.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:15

Good for smaller titles.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:31

Steambox could be said to reference Linux apps/games and not traditional games.

 

So...your point?

 

That's an intellectually dishonest comparison and you know it.



#11 vcfan

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:44

Really good news but not surprising.  What I want to know is if you buy a digital copy of a game, whether or not you can move it between PC and X1 without having to repurchase.  That would be a really good incentive to move away from discs.


they are unifying the wp and windows store, so I don't see why this would not be included. the goal is to unify everything. one app runs on all windows devices.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:54

Does this along with the fact that their using the X86 architecture mean we will get homemade Tower "Xbox Ones"? I mean sure they probably couldn't play online, but this system is sounding easier to emulate by the day.



#13 trooper11

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 03:20

The whole Steambox thing and MS' goal to unify devices under the same core got me thinking about a possibility.

 

MS' end game for the xbox brand may be the same as Valve's push with its SteamOS:  Move away from xbox tied to a single box built by MS and instead an Xbox OS that could be used on boxes made by other oems and perhaps integrated into Windows on the pc side as a gaming focused OS.  Or they could continue building a stand alone system, but would bring pc gaming into the mix by integrating into desktop Windows systems.

 

I mean think about the X1, its already able to seamlessly run Windows 8 and the Xbox OS thanks to Hyper V.  To the user, its as if the X1 is just a single system, when in fact its two.

 

What if you took this idea and moved it over to the pc.  All it would take would be MS building the Xbox OS into Windows along with the Hyper V bits and suddenly any desktop pc can be a console (i.e. a system focused on getting the most performance for gaming).  Like Linux, the Xbox OS would be very lightweight and would maximize hardware usage.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 03:41

Except I'm pretty sure the article is referencing metro apps/games and not traditional games.   :rolleyes:

Metro apps can be full blown DirectX games. What's your point?

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 03:54

That's an intellectually dishonest comparison and you know it.

I should know these things I know, shouldn't I?

 

If only I did.