June 27th 2013 1:50 pm PT

Xbox at BUILD and Microsoft’s Collaboration with Unity Technologies

Earlier today at the BUILD Conference in San Francisco we announced a new collaboration with Unity Technology.   The headline is that developers who build games published by Microsoft Studios now have access to Unity tools for Xbox 360 and Xbox One free of charge and can create interactive 3D and 2D . experiences. Unity will develop tools for Xbox One, including support for features like multiplayer matchmaking, SmartGlass, enhanced Kinect gestures and recognition, and the power of the cloud.

More over at the Unity Blog

   

Industry, Xbox 360, Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Wayne Mcd

    Read somewhere about Tile Textures or something like that, where when i player looks closely at an object the texture improves (think it said something like that) anyway thought that was interesting and as for this, ive loved many games created on the unity engine, honestly the XboxOne will rock dont care what anyone else says

  • Alex

    Slender clones incoming

  • cris178

    Pretty cool. Any new info on the apps for Xbox One? I read somewhere that decks could start building them.

  • Xboner2013

    Okay, let me get this right.

    1.) You go buy Unity Pro for say $1,500 per seat, not counting other add-ons, and additional seats.

    2.) You and a few guys make a game for the Xbox One

    3.) You make the game

    4.) Then you have to get a publishing deal with Microsoft

    5.) If yes, then MS pays for the Unity Microsoft Add-on, which would be roughly $1,500. If no, then you are out of luck.

    LOL, what will this pertain to like 10 people in the whole world? And they are still not announcing details on how apps will work on the system.

    • kyros1

      Don’t forget that it counts toward the xbox 360 as well. Plenty of customers there for “indies” to make games for.

      Must go play State of Decay again.

      • Xboner2013

        Yeah but this does nothing really to help indies out.

  • Boss

    Xbox One Basic bundle $379 LEAKED –> http://goo { DOT } gl/UQLxA

    • Wayne Mcd

      was confirmed as fake apparently

  • ikari_paul

    Everybody should drink 1 shot of whiskey everytime the major/microsoft crowbars “the power of the cloud” into their statements

    • Wayne Mcd

      ino people seem to be negative about the cloud, but given time it could lead to some pretty awesome uses, its pretty much unknown yet but hey your getting on with xbox one so why complain :)

      • Lucas Sanches Cestari

        yes xD if major nelson is talking so much about the cloud it’s because they will make a good use of it, i just don’t understand how it works… but…, time will tell

      • Xboner2013

        Snakeoil.

      • ikari_paul

        Im not complaining. Just saying. Dont think they have to mention it every time, though. Let the software speak for itself

    • roozbeh

      it will work but only in japan. cause they got some fast internet speeds.

      • ikari_paul

        thats exactly the problem everybody is forgetting. if you have a average broadband speed (which according to studies) is around 8mbps in the west, then the cloud wont be able to shine. Japan has crazy speeds, and the console is not even getting released there on day one

        • roozbeh

          I have to admit its a cool idea but just a little too ahead of its time as broadband speeds are still too slow

  • Lucas Sanches Cestari

    oh i tested the unity technology on a site called kongregate, it allow you to create awesome new kind of graphics(mostly 3D), and if used by a big company idk what they could do with that ^^

    • Xboner2013

      I find Unity to be okay to good, it’s good for what they are trying to do. Unfortunately you still need a publishing deal with MS or some other publisher to get your game Xboning. So, this announcement will probably pertain to about 10 people worldwide, maybe???

      “awesome new kind of graphics”
      bizarre, no further comment.

      • Wayne Mcd

        Isn’t having the option a good thing tho?

        • Xboner2013

          For most indies this is a dead end and not an option.

          I mean technically you could go get a devkit and get a publishing deal anyway. All they are saying is they will pay for the MS module IF (big if) they give you a publishing contract, of course, therein lies another problem.

          Without self-publishing… this pertains to about 10 people, maybe.

          • DarthKun

            Are you that Phil Fish scumbag, go cry somewhere else,you hurt? we don’t care

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            if you dont like it DEALWITHIT… you know those awesome xbla games they make well there prolly jumping ship n going to ps4 why do you say this because you can self publish

  • boe2

    Does that mean that Visual Studio will get full Unity integration? Right now it’s near impossible to debug Untity without MonoDevelop installed.

    • Xboner2013

      I watched the presentation, they really didn’t offer much information at all.

      I can’t imagine any indie developers clapping. Basically, MS has ditched indie developers, at least the one that want to or only have the option to self-publish.

      I kept waiting for the good news… then they were done.

      • boe2

        You kidding? This is awesome news. Losing XNA was really bad. Getting Unity support in return more than makes up for that.

        • Xboner2013

          Yeah but Unity was going to do that anyway. I don’t really see MS offering anything, oh, if they publish your title, I guess they will pay for the MS module. :) That will pertain to almost nobody, oh, if you target that platform and MS doesn’t publish it, oh well SOL.

          To me this is a unity announcement, not a ms announcement.

          • boe2

            You must be fun at parties.

            Unity was going to offer Xbox support anyway? Making windows 8 functionality available on a free license anyway?

            Don’t make up stuff out of thin air.

          • Xboner2013

            “Unity was going to offer Xbox support anyway? Making windows 8 functionality available on a free license anyway?”

            MS is footing the bill IF they publish the game, that ‘s it. Great announcement, if you are one of the very very very few that MS will publish for, you’ll get back like $1,500.

            “Making windows 8 functionality available on a free license anyway?”

            Let me see Unity give free license to publish whatever you want on Windows 8. I haven’t seen anything like that.

          • Xboner2013

            i (dot) imgur (dot) com (slash) XRbHsGn (dot) jpg

            Boe, this shows exactly what I am talking about.

            XNA was cool, their problem was XBLIG front.

          • dibils

            man every major blog comments are filled with you, how sad are you?

          • Xboner2013

            Apparently a step above you. :) Have a nice day.

          • dibils

            whatever you say, just dont kill yourself.. i am sure someone cares for you, somewhere

          • Xboner2013

            I am not a fanboy, so I am not on deathwatch. Thank you for your concern though. Actually, I am usually only involved in technical discussions.

          • MobileVortex

            IMO we dont have enough information for anyone to be arguing… let the console’s come out then voice your opinoins.

            Fighting on the internet is like running in the special Olympics. even if you win, you’re still retarded.

          • Adam

            Yawn, only those who know they have been owned beg their betters to kill themselves, and then try and pretend it’s actually a joke, even though they have no understanding of humour…

          • dibils

            1- i never even discussed anything with him lol so he cant “own” me 2- i was not joking

          • Adam

            so you’re just a jerk who can’t cope when people disagree with you?

          • dibils

            when did he disagree with me??? LOL!! what are you on about!! LOL i just see him on every major comments section being negative and cynical, spreading rumors like facts, posting hundreds of comments just arguing with people… thats why i called him sad

            he is suicidal cause no one does this unless they are miserable, many people would argue with one comment or something but this guy replies to everything and clearly wants attention, no needs attention.

          • Adam

            You must be fun at parties too.
            “You must pay me $300 each for doing the beer run.”
            “Boo, hiss.”
            “Okay, I’ll only charge you $100. See, I am a nice guy.”

        • Adam

          Half assed Unity support. Wii U does it much much better.

  • Guest

    Does this also mean Unit will get integrated in Visual Studio? Right now it’s a real hassle to combine those two (even then, you still have to use MonoDevelop to debug your apps)

  • John

    Just another friendly piece of advice Microsoft.
    If you do not make clear that the app store for the Xbox One is coming and allows self publishing at Build, you are going to be in a hell of a lot of trouble with the independant community. Someone hinted at it during a presentation, but confusion is still abound.
    It doesn’t matter if it isn’t finished and you can’t show it off on stage at the remaining keynotes. If you do not deliver the message that you are working on it now, you are going to have a very long road to recovery and it will cost you much more than you’ve already lost as people working on games now will bypass you and the competition will benefit from it at your expense.
    Please, DO NOT miss this!

    • Adam

      Indie devs are flocking to the Wii U, which is still doing it far better than MS. If the Xbox One doesn’t do amazing sales, they won’t bother with all the hassle. Devs will only jump through expensive hoops for MS if it will pay off in the end for them.

      • Svoboda1

        I do not know ONE single person that owns a Wii U. If devs are flocking to a console that has a poor adoption rate, they won’t be in business for long.

  • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

    http://news yahoo com/microsoft-wants-disclose-data-fisa-212705882.html

    • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

      this^^^^^^^^

      • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

        me no getting xbox

        • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

          this^^^^^

          • Wayne Mcd

            you do realize that Sony probably are under the same order from the NSA…Not only that Their network was hacked about a year ago giving the hackers access the all your bank details etc that could of been sold on to anyone…im not condoning any of it im not even from the US but it still effects me, im just saying no matter what somehow somewhere down the line someone will be tracking and or watching what you do.

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            no because sony isnt making you pay for a ps eye or whatever its called… did you know that you will have to pay for ps4 psn which in will make it hard to hack just like xbl

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            fyi this is about the ps4 and xb1 so yeah

          • Wayne Mcd

            so it boils down to you liking the PS4 more? great get a PS4 sony are obviously a shining night that do no wrong.

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            lol did i say that? no lmaoim just givin ya the facts lol this^ tooooo funny

          • Wayne Mcd

            The fact is Sony are probably doing exactly the same they just aren’t in the medias firing line. we shall agree to disagree.

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            the fact they didnt do what mshizz is trying to do means they didnt

          • Adam

            “Probably.”
            So you are hoping your unconditional love of MS, no matter how much they turn developers and gamers against them, is justified because maybe, just maybe, Sony might be almost as evil…

          • Ex0ticViru5

            Please kid, grow up or GTFO.

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            woooah 22 bro DEALWITHIT i guess i should call you a kid cause your crying? only kids cry ya know?

          • Ex0ticViru5

            I don’t care if you are really 22, you still sound like an annoying lilttle kid to me. If you’re not happy with the Xbox One or have nothing intelligent to say about it, you should get out of here and go ask your mom to pre-order a PS4 for you.

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            hey… hey DEALWITHIT!!!

          • todd Wright

            if you’re 22 and still cant comprehend the difference between “your and you’re” then go back to school you are probably living off of welfare you LEACH!!!

          • Adam

            If you are going to pick on someone’s spelling and grammar in an online post, make sure you have all the comma’s and apostrophe’s in yours…

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            todd just dosnt know that idc what ppl think on the internet plus when he gose after my spelling i know he has nothing better to say lol which means i won this fight (hulk voice YEAH)!!!

          • todd Wright

            i want to beat you in the face with a dictionary

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            thats cool bro

          • Adam

            “Xbox One is in standby mode until it can find player 1″.

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            this^

          • http://ordinarygamer.co.uk/ Dan Etheridge

            So does Google.

        • eAbyss

          Me no speaka English

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            lol

      • todd Wright

        your life is worthless

        • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

          thank you!

    • DrToker

      What does this have to do with the unity engine? Get out troll, you’re derailing the thread.

      • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

        nom DEALWITHIT

      • Wayne Mcd

        Well said!

  • dante

    DirectX 11.2 Revealed is telling me the xboxone is a day one buy now .

  • Rocamx

    bring it on Xbox! i cant wait to play with all this new features!

  • Adam

    Yet another thing Xbox is copying from Nintendo.

    • http://ordinarygamer.co.uk/ Dan Etheridge

      So because one company is doing something, nobody else can?

    • TonyLN

      So because Nintendo supported Unity first no one else should? I’m glad developers don’t run with that idea. Can you imagine if the Unreal engine was limited to one console. The more consoles that can support an engine the better!

    • Xboner2013

      Adam

      I think your argument here doesn’t make too much sense. Unity is going to build a version of their engine for any major platform they feel they and their customer can make money on. Xbox 360 and PS3 have been supported for a long time, of course, they also added Wii U support. This announcement is just to announce support for the Xbone, the PS4 support was already announced.

      I do agree that Nintendo is finally opening up to indies, but I don’t see MS following them at all. I mean, all this announcement was is Unity is going to come out with a Xbone module, which was going to happen with or without MS.

      Without an avenue to self-publish like on Wii, PS4, Xbox 360, etc. then to me, I am still confused as to what MS is really doing as far as indies. MS’s XNA platform to me was great, I really wish they would have stayed with that…. oh well.

      • TonyLN

        Agreed with everything up until here: “Without an avenue to self-publish like on Wii, PS4, Xbox 360…”

        The One will still have and indie game section on it; MS just hasn’t announced how that will work yet — neither has Sony for the PS4. I’m hoping it will be more along the lines of full on development – but I’m not sure.

        Also, there is no reason that the One wont be able to run RT titles, so all the people that can publish to the Windows 8 RT store should be able to publish to the One.

        MS just hasn’t released any details on how things are going to work on that avenue. I think it is something they are saving to build up more hype closer to release.

        • Xboner2013

          “The One will still have and indie game section on it; MS just hasn’t announced how that will work yet — neither has Sony for the PS4.”

          Microsoft has confirmed no self-publishing, I was hoping for a reversal of that, but it didn’t happen yesterday. Sony has announced self-publishing, most platforms have it in one form or another and even the Xbox 360 had it. Unless MS announces a reversal than you have to assume there is no reversal.

          MS should have stuck with XNA, which was actually a good product.

          “Also, there is no reason that the One wont be able to run RT titles, so all the people that can publish to the Windows 8 RT store should be able to publish to the One.”

          I agree on this, it might still be possible, but again, MS has really offered nothing. As of right now, if you are a self dealing indie developer of apps or games… you don’t target Xbone One and to be honest you don’t target anything of MS’s except maybe the PC. Even what they did present yesterday was so vague I wouldn’t even know what to expect.

        • roozbeh

          They said it will have just games no xbla or xblig

      • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

        its a ok engine it has its big ups and downs, kerbal space program on pc uses it

  • Adam

    Anyone with half a brain can understand…

    • todd Wright

      this is an xbox blog GTFO $ONY $HEEP.

      • Adam

        So anyone who is smarter than you is a Sony sheep? That explains why 90% still want a PS4.
        Personally, I haven’t had a Sony since the PS2, but I can still see that MS slightly easing up on two terrible policies is still not as good as everyone else.

        • todd Wright

          no i don’t think someone who purposely comes to Microsoft forums and wastes their life talking s***, to people who don’t give a S*** are smart at all, in fact i think you’re pretty DUMB!.

          • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

            then why are you talking to me if you dont care dose that mean you do care ty for caring bro or sir

      • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

        coming from a mindless sheep thats been trained to buy every Mshizz product… they trained you well good day sir

        • MobileVortex

          bad troll is bad

        • todd Wright

          quit saying “SIR” and pretending you have respect for anything, you are a troll and nothing else.

  • TonyLN

    MS has always had exclusives. There are more exclusives on the 360 than on the PS3 at the moment. PS fanboys just like to brag without have any facts to back it up.

    • Adam

      Better exclusives too, plus multiplatform games are all better on 360.

  • roozbeh

    Waiting for that fez update phil fish.

  • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

    well thats because i was talking to adam but anyway this is the internet and calling me a puss means nothing to me you dont know who i am…oh btw about that your and youre… your mom is fat and youre a b**** hows that?

    • todd Wright

      hey a 12 year old response at least i know who i’m dealing with now

  • disqus_eUPQtFSCTG

    DEATH TO MSHIZZ!!!

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      um no, we just wanted them to change their policies not go away.

 

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