Xbox Live's first batch of homebrew indie games has arrived

Xbox One Update Available Soon With Important Changes

The program is designed as a separate platform within the Windows and Xbox Stores where indie developers can publish their creations with a minimum of fuss.

Ybarra talked to Windows Central and YouTuber Rand al Thor 19 about some of the "bold" changes the development team at Xbox has in mind.

Microsoft invented the modern Achievements concept when the feature launched with the Xbox 360, and we've seen those little pop-up badges show up everywhere since. The Redmond Giant has continued with the Live Tiles on its Windows 10 and Windows Phone and is in plans of introducing the Live Tiles for Xbox One users. We'll let you know when more is known, including a changeover date if applicable.

"Somebody who only plays multiplayer in Halo 5 at a professional level, maybe they only have 2000 Gamerscore", Ybarra said, "[but] you want to be able to celebrate that person. The old navigating menus or home screen are a pain to move through and access whatever you want. That way, someone who intentionally plays a lot of games with easy achievements just to boost their gamer score won't have a tremendous advantage over someone who has dedicated themselves to the mastery of a few games.

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Microsoft is actually working on "something" right now that will end up changing the company's approach to achievements.

Microsoft has announced that it will be simplifying the user testing tiers in its Xbox Insider program. There used to be a time when Gamerscore mattered, a time when achievements themselves mattered, but that time has passed. "We previously increased the number of rings and changed the names of the rings that provide Xbox Insider community members with a preview of updates", the post explains.

What do you think of Xbox Live Creators Program?

Building your game utilizing UWP and Xbox Live SDK, and for that, you can use the tools you're already using - Visual Studio, game engines like Unity, Construct 2, MonoGame and Xenko - and combine them with a retail Xbox One console and your Dev Center account.

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