There are still a lot of questions swirling about the Xbox One, but one thing seems clear: it’s got a lot in common with a powerful Windows PC. And Microsoft wants to make sure that software developers know it, as Microsoft’s Steve Guggenheimer told an audience at the company’s Build Conference last week that they could get some good Xbone practice if they work on creating Windows 8 apps.
Here’s what he said about the forthcoming console:
“Xbox One has two engines; it’s got a gaming engine and it essentially has a Windows 8 engine. […] Nothing to announce today, but when I talk about that common core you’re seeing that common core in action, being able to target other devices over time that run the Windows 8 engine. […] If you want to know about how to get a head start about thinking about developing for Xbox One, the logical thing to do is go build Windows 8 applications.”
This is hardly surprising. Microsoft’s betting pretty hard on Windows 8, and given all the bells and whistles the Xbox One has going for it, it makes sense to make sure that the device is going to play well with gamers’ PCs as well. The fact that there might be shared apps between the two is really a no-brainer. And finding a way for interesting, seamless integration between he Xbox One and the PC might be Microsoft’s best chance to entice gamers who’ve been turned off to the console since its botched debut in May and subsequent waffling afterward.
Does the prospect of Windows 8 apps on the Xbox One hold any appeal for you?
[Via the Verge]