Microsoft to share details on developing UWP apps for Xbox One "later this month"

Over the weekend, Microsoft rolled out the Anniversary Update for the Xbox One (which, confusingly, it also refers to as both the 'Summer Update' or the 'August Update'). The new update brings a wide range of new features and improvements that are also available on the new Xbox One S, which was released today.

One of the most intriguing additions is that of support for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, downloadable to the console from the Windows Store. Various examples have already appeared on the Xbox One, such as Netflix and Hulu, and more are on the way, including the popular VLC media player.

So far, though, the only examples of UWP apps available on the Xbox One have been selected by Microsoft; while the company has provided dev kit functionality for existing consoles, it hasn't yet opened the floodgates to allow its global developer community to actually release their Xbox apps on the Windows Store.

But along with the announcement of its new Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK today, Microsoft also said that it will soon provide information for developers hoping to get their apps onto the console:

Later this month, we’ll have a post on new Dev Center features and will share more detail on getting Xbox apps targeting the Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK into the Windows Store.

Microsoft began accepting apps targeting the Anniversary Update SDK to the Windows Store today for PCs, phones and HoloLens, including Win32 desktop apps using its Project Centennial 'Desktop Bridge'.

With more information coming in the next few weeks on bringing UWP apps to the Xbox One, it shouldn't be too much longer before more developers can offer their software on Microsoft's consoles.

Source: Microsoft

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