Chris Charla, Director of ID@XBox had some major announcements today in a letter previewing this year’s Game Developers Conference. Cross Platform Compatibility has been a longtime wish list item for fans of all gaming platforms, and while Microsoft began addressing this by allowing Windows 10 and Xbox games to be cross-platform, Charla announced that one true cross-platform experience is coming to Xbox soon. Real, actual, cross-platform from PC to Xbox to PlayStation — as long as the game developers support that feature in their releases, Microsoft is going to be able to grant that wish and the first game to do this is none other than the breakout hit Rocket League from Psyonix.
We’re thrilled to confirm that Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well.
MonoGame support is another major announcement. For those of you less technically inclined, MonoGame is an open source code that is supported on iOS, Android, MacOS, Linux, Windows phone, Playstation, and now Xbox One. This will open up many games to the Xbox platform like Bastion, Infinite Flight, FEZ, and many more.
Additionally, after being launched at E3 in 2015, Xbox Game Preview is here to stay.
Many ID@Xbox games, such as Ark, The Long Dark and Layers of Fear have participated in the program, and the success developers have had there is great to see. As a player, getting to play and offer feedback to an in-development game is a pretty cool experience – especially when you see a feature you requested make it into the game!
Charla had much more to say including naming some of the games coming to Xbox One in 2016 and highlighting some other exciting happenings at the GDC this year.
We’ll be showing 40 different games from independent developers working with ID@Xbox this year at GDC, both at Media Showcase event, and the Microsoft Lobby Bar in Moscone South. If you’re at GDC, please swing by, check out some games, talk to your fellow devs, and say “hi” to the ID@Xbox team, who will be at the Lobby Bar, helping out and answering questions. And if you’re an Xbox player, thanks again for playing and supporting the amazing work that independent developers are creating today on Xbox One and Windows 10! You can read more about the games we’re featuring at GDC tomorrow here on Xbox Wire.
The world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event, Game Developers Conference is being hosted from March 14-18th at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA.
What do you think about finally being able to experience cross platform play between Xbox and PC and other consoles like the PlayStation 4? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Xbox Wire