Microsoft’s latest announcement can become a surprise for all the gamers. During Microsoft’s annual developer conference, Build 2016, the firm declared that every Xbox One console can be turned into a development kit for free.
Gamers can obtain Xbox Dev Mode through the Xbox One Preview Program. Using this mode anyone can build, test and experiment with the Universal Widows Program (UWP) development. No special equipment or fees are required to convert a console to Dev Mode.
However, the user will have to create a Dev Centre account for “one-time” fee of $19 by which, the user will gain full access and submit an app to Microsoft marketplaces including the Windows Store and the Xbox Store.
“Now the Xbox isn’t just for playing, but also for creating awesome content. We’re excited to open the Xbox One to everyone so anyone can get started developing,” said director of ID@Xbox (Microsoft’s indie game developer program), Chris Charla to Polygon.
Currently, Xbox Dev Mode provides access to 448 MB of the Xbox One’s 8 GB of RAM. Developers can enjoy the access to the full 1GB of RAM supported for UWP Xbox games when the company makes it available to the public.
NDTV notes that Microsoft has made the smart move to a larger section of gamers to use the Xbox One. This means smaller studios and independent developers, who had problems getting the developer kits, now can start developing games with their own retail units.
This would make a quicker publishing process for Microsoft don’t have to distribute specialised developer kits which are expensive than a regular Xbox One.
Gamers who are planning to experiment on themselves will have to note that they will have to be a member of the Windows Insider Program, a PC with Windows 10, a wired connection between their PC to Xbox One. Furthermore, they will need to have the latest version of Visual Studio 2015 and Windows builds along with at least 30 GB free in Xbox One.