Just a few weeks ago, at the Windows Developer Day event, Microsoft highlighted how deeply interconnected Xbox One and Windows 10 are when it comes to games and apps. The Unified Windows Platform is finally shining in all its glory, bringing Windows 10 apps to the Xbox One.
But, there’s more to it. The UWP framework isn’t just about apps – it’s also about games.
Valve’s Steam is the leading gaming platform on PC, but most of its success is fuelled by the thousands of indie titles that it distributes. The AAA titles are great to have, but the indie titles are what makes Steam so popular.
Microsoft is planning on stealing some of that sunshine by extending the ID@Xbox program. If a game uses UWP, it can publish to Xbox One and Windows 10 via the Windows Store by going through the ID@Xbox certification. PC and Xbox become a single platform, for all practical purposes.
Today, Microsoft highlighted 22 such titles coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 via the ID@Xbox program. Here’s the list:
- Aven Colony by Team17 Software Ltd. for Xbox One
- Beat the Game by Worm Animation for Xbox One and Windows 10
- Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition by Tantalus/Paradox Interactive for Xbox One, Windows 10
- Etherborn by Altered Matter for Xbox One
- Fable Fortune by Flaming Fowl Studios for Xbox One and Windows 10
- Full Metal Furies by Cellar Door Games for Xbox One and Windows 10
- Graveyard Keeper by Lazy Bears Games/tinyBuild for Xbox One and Windows 10
- Inner Chains by Telepaths Tree for Xbox One
- Mages of Mystralia by Borealys Games for Xbox One and Windows 10
- Moonlighter by Digital Sun Games for Xbox One
- >observer_ by Bloober Team for Xbox One
- Ooblets by Glumberland for Xbox One and Windows 10
- Path of Exile by Grinding Gear Games for Xbox One
- Ruiner by Reikon/Devolver Digital for Xbox One and Windows 10
- Snake Pass by Sumo Digital Limited for Xbox One and Windows 10
- Songbringer by Wizard Fu/Double Eleven Limited for Xbox One
- Super Mega Baseball 2 by Metalhead Software for Xbox One
- Tacoma by Fullbright for Xbox One
- The Church in Darkness by Paranoid Productions for Xbox One
- The Way of Life: Definitive Edition by CyberCoconut/Hexagon Hive for Xbox One
- Tokyo 42 by SMAC Games for Xbox One
- Tower 57 by Pixwerk for Xbox One and Windows 10
You can read more about these games over here. Microsoft didn’t announce these titles today, most of them have been around for a few months now.
But, just by merely highlighting these titles, Microsoft is helping these indie titles reach the further.