A few weeks ago, we wrote that Microsoft was planning to make its Xbox One console an open platform, allowing developers to create games that run on the console and offer them on the platform as well.
This week, we have a big surprise: Microsoft is finally planning to let developers develop games for the console as well, according to a new report.
According to a report from GamesIndustry International, Microsoft will be launching an “open platform” that lets developers create games for its console as part of its Xbox Game Pass program.
GamesIndustie reported that Microsoft is planning to open up this new platform in March of 2019, a year after the company released its Xbox Scorpio console.
This means that Microsoft will finally be able to make the console a platform where developers can develop for it as well as for other platforms, like PC.
Microsoft is already planning to launch the Xbox GamePass program with Xbox One, and it will continue to expand that program as time goes on.
While this may not sound like a huge deal for the average gamer, there’s actually a lot to like about this news.
Microsoft has been making moves to make Xbox One a more open platform since the launch of the Xbox One S in December.
With the Xbox Scorpia console launching a month later, Microsoft could theoretically have more time to get its games onto Xbox One as well now that it has opened up the platform for developers.
In addition to letting developers develop for the Xbox platform, the new platform could help Microsoft expand its own ecosystem of games.
Microsoft could expand its library of titles on Windows, PlayStation, and Xbox Live to make it easier for gamers to find and purchase new titles.
Additionally, the console could also make it a lot easier for Microsoft to integrate its games into Microsoft’s online services like Xbox Live and Xbox Marketplace, giving developers a better way to monetize their games on the Xbox console.