Although Xbox One App development is still unclear, Microsoft at the Build developers conference in San Francisco teased that Windows 8 Apps could run on the upcoming Xbox One console.
Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism group stated:
Xbox one has two engines, it’s got a gaming engine and it essentially has a 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.
In addition, a new collaboration was announced with Unity Technologies, the provider of Unity multi-platform game engine and developer tools that will make it even easier for developers to bring popular games, entertainment and apps to all Microsoft platforms.
Guggenheimer also quoted:
Unity has established itself not only as an incredible development toolset and engine, but as a significant force for creative freedom and innovation in the games development community. With Unity’s commitment to support Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Xbox One and Xbox 360, Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem will benefit from the wealth of ideas and imagination flowing from the Unity games development community.
Expect a ton of weather, stocks, feed apps and social networking enhancement apps when Microsoft open the Xbox One App floodgates!
Via TheVerge & Xbox Wire
LOVEFiLM, has today announced the arrival of its new and improved LOVEFiLM Instant streaming application on the Xbox 360, marking the latest development in the ongoing rollout of the next generation app.
Features which will be made available on the games console – which has sold over 76 million units worldwide – as a result of the launch include an improved search function and recommendation engine, optimised user interface, and the addition of the popular Watchlist feature making it easier to watch TV online.
Revisiting content is also made simple with a homepage display that keeps track of what is currently being viewed and the last location reached in that video – making it easier to resume viewing from the same spot on any LOVEFiLM.com device.
The enhanced LOVEFiLM Instant streaming application for Xbox 360 is available to download on Xbox Live from today, and will soon be made available on all LOVEFiLM-enabled devices.
Hey UK gaming folk, this is a reminder that the biggest ever free Xbox LIVE Gold Unlock Weekend is coming this weekend! Look out for special multiplayer events including Double XP, prizes to be won and the chance to play against Rockstar devs!
This also means that existing Gold members can get in on the action too!
Here are the details:
Friday 8th March – Sunday 10 March
Multiplayer, plus entertainment apps (although some will require additional subscriptions)
If you already have Gold, what’s in it for you?
There are a number of game specific activities going on – for example, Double XP, opportunities to play with devs or avatar items awarded for playing during the weekend.
For full details, check out the official Xbox website:
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