Today, the director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla at the Game Developers Conference sent out a letter that probably has most Xbox gamers in the world excited (or not considering the rivalry between XboxLive and PSN fans), but will also change the future of gaming.
First, in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.
It will be up to game developers to support this feature, and Xbox Live players will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players. ID@Xbox also confirmed that Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well.
Other exciting news from the GDC:
Microsoft’s XNA programming framework isn’t supported natively on Xbox One, but there’s an open source solution for developers called MonoGame. This news is a little overdue, but we’re stoked that MonoGame support will be coming to Xbox One soon, thanks to Tom Spilman and our friends at Sickhead Games.
Continuing Xbox Game Preview
We’re also really excited about Xbox Game Preview, which we launched last year at E3. Many ID@Xbox games, such as Ark, The Long Dark and Layers of Fear have participated in the program, and the success developers have had there is great to see. As a player, getting to play and offer feedback to an in-development game is a pretty cool experience – especially when you see a feature you requested make it into the game!
ID@Xbox on Windows 10
Last year at GDC we announced that we’d be extending ID@Xbox to Windows 10, to support developers who want to include Xbox Live in their Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games. You can already play some great games from ID@Xbox developers with Xbox Live on Windows 10 now (check out Oxenfree, Pinball FX 2, Fire: Ungh’s Quest and Stealth Inc 2), and we’re excited that hundreds of developers have committed to shipping on Windows 10 with Xbox Live. And we’ll see the first titles with cross-play between Xbox One and Windows coming soon.