Developing Games for
Xbox One and Windows 10



ID@Xbox for Xbox One

The ID@Xbox program helps qualified game developers self-publish on Xbox One. Developers accepted into the program are provided two Xbox One development kits at no cost, and have access to the Xbox One XDK, developer documentation, private forums, free middleware, and more. ID@Xbox game developers have full access to the Xbox One platform, including Xbox Live, Gamerscore, achievements, challenges, SmartGlass, and Kinect.

Windows 10 game development

Xbox is coming to Windows 10 in a major way with the addition of great gaming features like the Xbox app, cross-device multiplayer, and Xbox Live for Windows apps. With the new Windows universal app platform, game developers can target all Windows 10 devices including phones, PCs, and Xbox One consoles. Windows 10 introduces Direct3D 12, the next version of the Direct3D graphics pipeline. Direct3D 12 enables the performance of a console-like API and is faster and more efficient than ever before. Your game can feature richer scenes, more objects, more effects, and make full use of modern graphics hardware.


Publishing your game with Microsoft Studios

Xbox games

Microsoft Studios is a leading publisher of games on Xbox, including Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Fable Journey, Kinectimals, Dance Central, and more. Xbox Games Store, our digital marketplace, publishes hits like State of Decay, Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition, Limbo, and World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition.

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Windows games

Microsoft Studios publishes top-rated games on the Windows platform that feature Xbox Live integration and connected experiences across Windows devices. As a game developer, Windows gives you an amazing opportunity to reach millions of people worldwide who use Windows every day to have fun and be creative and productive. If you’re interested in working with Microsoft Studios to publish your game on Windows, contact us at windowsgames@microsoft.com.

MSN web and casual games

The Xbox Live Web Game platform enables distribution of free-to-play web games on Xbox.com and Bing. The platform includes Xbox Live integration and connected experiences across Windows devices, including phones, PCs, and Xbox consoles. If you’re interested in working with Microsoft Studios, contact us at webgames@microsoft.com.


Tools and middleware

The Xbox One Tools and Middleware Program licenses Xbox One development kits to professional developers of game tools and middleware. Developers accepted into the program can share and distribute their Xbox One XDK technologies to other licensed Xbox One developers.

Kinect for Windows development

The Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK provide the tools you need to develop innovative applications that recognize speech and human motion. Kinect for Windows gives you the power to create entirely new and exciting interactive technologies.