Xbox One could support Windows 8 apps thanks to “common core”, suggests Microsoft exec

By Dave Cook
1 July 2013 15:30 GMT

Xbox One consists of two ‘engines’, according to Microsoft’s vice president of developer and platform evangelism Steve Guggenheimer. The first is for all things Xbox One, while the other looks after Windows 8 processes. He has suggested that anyone looking into Xbox One development should take a look at Windows 8 apps first, hinting at a deeper cross-over between the two.

The Verge reports that during Guggenheimer’s discussion session at Build last week, the exec showed a basic Windows 8 web app running on Xbox One, and said, “Xbox One has two engines, it’s got a gaming engine and it essentially has a Windows 8 engine.

“Nothing to announce today, but when I talk about that common core you’re seeing that common core in action, being able to target other devices over time that run the 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.”

That’s it for now. It’s a short nod to some sort of Windows 8 convergence on all supporting platforms, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground for further insight.

Would you like to see a cross-over between Windows 8 apps and Xbox One? Let us know below.


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