The ID@Xbox program enables qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live, giving studios the tools and support needed to maximize their success. We would like to share the information provided so far so that all know their way to ID@Xbox and have as many of the questions answered.

We will try to help getting more information when something is not clear, so please do not hesitate to contact us. We will update Inside Indie after the Gamescom with more information on ID@Xbox!

Their process is very clear in 4 easy steps:

ID @ Xbox submit

Xbox Dev Mode

If you want to get started experimenting with deploying UWP games and apps to Xbox One, and designing games and apps for a living room experience, they announced Xbox One Dev Mode, which enables you to deploy UWP games and apps to your Xbox One! You don’t need help from ID@Xbox to begin experimenting with Dev Mode – just download the Dev Mode Activation app on your Xbox One to get started! Read more here.

If you’d like to enable Xbox Live for your UWP game on PC, or ship a UWP game commercially on Xbox One, you will need to be part of the ID@Xbox program. And of course all developers are welcome and encouraged to join ID@Xbox to get the latest news for independent game developers from Microsoft!

General FAQs

How do I join ID@Xbox?

Apply! They will review your details and follow up accordingly. Every developer who applies is part of ID@Xbox and gets regular program updates, invites to ID@Xbox events, and the ability to participate in promotional offers we extend to developers from time to time. When you are ready to start developing a title, reach out to them!

What will it cost me?

There are no fees to apply to ID@Xbox, to submit a game to certification, publish, or update your games. There is a very modest one-time cost associated with development for the Universal Windows Platform.

What about Xbox 360?

ID@Xbox is focused on development for Xbox One and other Windows 10 devices, but not Xbox 360.

What are the criteria for receiving Xbox One developer kits?

Developers with an approved concept for Xbox One will receive two dev kits, free of charge.

Can I use my retail Xbox One as a developer kit?

Yes, you can. Once you download the preview version of the Xbox Dev Mode Activation app, you can unlock dev mode on your Xbox One and experiment with creating games for a “10 foot” living room experience. You don’t need to be part of ID@Xbox to get started, but  they are there to help if you want to ship a UWP game on Windows 10, or ship a game on Xbox One. You can go here to learn more.

Games FAQs

How are ID@Xbox games sold?

ID@Xbox games are sold digitally in the Windows and Xbox One stores alongside all other games, and have access to the same discovery tools: Recommendations, Trending, a curated Spotlight section, and more. Viral discovery tools such as your friends’ activity feed, Twitch streams and Upload Studio videos also help players discover your games.

Do all games for Windows 10 need to go through ID@Xbox?

No. Only titles that want to feature Xbox Live are required to be part of ID@Xbox. Xbox Live lets you offer your players things like Gamertag identity, Achievements, Gamerscore, custom multiplayer features and more.

Do ID@Xbox games need to go through certification?

Yes. Certification ensures that they deliver high-quality games that won’t break or behave inappropriately. For Xbox One titles, they have release managers who will help you navigate the certification process, and they provide clear documentation on certification requirements, such as acquiring ESRB or other ratings. For Windows games with Xbox Live, the certification process is quick and simple.

Will ID@Xbox games have full access to everything that First- and Third-Party games have?

Yes. Developers in ID@Xbox have full access to the Live stack and support the exact same features as all other digital content on Xbox One–full support for multiplayer, Game DVR, Kinect, in-game transactions, updates, DLC, SmartGlass, etc. Bottom line: If a feature is supported on Xbox One, ID@Xbox games can take advantage of it.

What are the content standards for ID@Xbox games?

When you’re ready to submit a game to ID@Xbox, they will send you a Game Information Form to complete, telling us more about your title. While they are not trying to be censors, they are also not interested in enabling extremely vulgar, offensive, or objectionable games. In terms of content, they are looking for games that feel at home on their target platform and that reflect what customers expect when gaming on Xbox One or Windows.

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