Build 2016 Introduces the Announcement of UWP and Xbox Dev Mode

Build 2016

Microsoft’s 2016 Build Development Conference is taking place in San Francisco this week and shedding light on key plans for Xbox One and Windows 10. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer discussed the two main topics including Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Xbox Dev Mode.

Spencer discussed that Windows 10 UWP is a completely open platform for developers to work their magic on. UWP allows multiple methods for developers to deliver their Win32 games as well as their UWP titles. The Windows Store is just the beginning of what is available to developers when it comes to distribution. Microsoft is calling it open distribution allowing distribution in any store and from any deployment mechanism.

The benefit of UWP for consumers is the advantage that more games and apps are available on more devices and screens. This is the first step in something most consumers have been asking for because it allows a broader access to games.

Ashley Speicher, a Software Engineering Lead for Xbox then took the stage with Spencer and introduced Xbox Dev Mode. Developers will now have the help of Xbox Dev Mode to create games or apps for Xbox One. Developers can now preview Xbox Dev Mode if they are curious but it is recommended that only experienced developers attempt to preview it. The Xbox Dev Mode app could be found in the Xbox Store and will officially be released with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer.

The other big news is that along with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows Store and the Xbox Store will be combined into a single store to allow more efficiency. Cortana will also be appearing on Xbox One after the Anniversary Update along with Background Music.

With the new additions announced at the Build 2016, things are looking up for Microsoft with its Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Source: Xbox Wire

Xbox One Dropping to $299 During a Week of Game Deals

Xbox One Price Drop

Losing an hour of sleep is not very fun, but with the Xbox Spring Sale beginning March 20th, fun could continue. The biggest deal of the sale is the temporary price drop of the Xbox One to $299. The Xbox Spring Sale also includes a couple of Xbox bundles if that is what you happen to be searching for. The Xbox One bundles included in the sale are the following:

Xbox One Tom Clancy’s The Division Bundle

Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle

Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle

The second part of the Xbox Spring Sale begins March 22 and includes amazing deals on digital Xbox games, PC games and Movies and TV from the Xbox Store. The discount on new games is 40 to 60 percent with a couple games listed at more than 60 percent from the retail price. Some deals to look out for are sales on Fallout 4, Halo 5, Black Ops III, Far Cry Primal, Rainbow 6 Siege, Fallout 3 and Just Cause 3. If you are into shooting games, this is the perfect time to cash in.

If you are in need of renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership, now is the best time because you will also save an additional 10 percent discount on the game deals. It almost makes me want to renew my Xbox Live Gold membership early to score on these great deals!

Source: Xbox Wire