ID@Xbox Developers Get Free Access to Unity
Written Tuesday, November 05, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
As Microsoft strives to bolster its support for indie devs with ID@Xbox - the platform holder's indie developer self-publishing initiative for Xbox One - today MS has announced that it'll be granting free access to Unity tools for independent studios.
This reduces the cost of developing indie games and means projects can get up and running much quicker on Xbox One, with less time required on building the technology required to create a game. Rather than Microsoft simply paying for Unity licenses for certain developers, Microsoft is aiming to serve all indie outfits equally.
"To us, ID@Xbox is about providing a level playing field for all developers. So, we worked with Unity and we’re pleased to announce that, when released in 2014, the Xbox One add-on for Unity will be available at no cost to all developers in the ID@Xbox program, as will special Xbox One-only Unity Pro seat licenses for Xbox One developers in the ID@Xbox program," reads the announcement on the Xbox News Wire.
Unity add-on for Xbox One enables indie devs to get to grips with Kinect, SmartGlass and the Xbox One controller's impulse triggers right off the bat, as well as the other aspects of Microsoft's next-gen platform. Unity is also available for Windows and Windows Phone too, meaning indie studios can release their game across all MS platforms.
“Microsoft continues to show their commitment to creating opportunity for developers of all shapes and sizes, a commitment shared by Unity," said David Helgason, Unity Technologies CEO. "The drive behind the ID@Xbox program is exciting for Unity and the games development community in general. We can’t wait to see the results."