Windows 10 Universal apps coming to Xbox One this summer

Windows 10 applications will begin arriving on the Xbox One console this summer, Microsoft has confirmed.

Speaking at GDC (via Business Insider), Jason Ronald of Microsoft revealed the firm will soon allow tools developed under the Universal Windows Plaform (UWP) to be published to the new-gen console.

Oncee the change is underway, the Xbox Store and Windows Store will be merged, Roland revealed. He also said it would be possible for developers to build games using the UWP that are tailored exclusively for Xbox One.

Microsoft will flesh out the details at Build at the end of the month, but today’s announcement represents the first time Microsoft has mentioned a date.

Microsoft’s actions have sparked controversy in recent weeks through its plans to make it possible for games to run on both Windows 10 and the Xbox One console.

Developers have accused the company of attempting to create a “walled garden,” with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney calling the UWP the “most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made.”

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has defended the initiative calling it an “open ecosystem” that gives developers opportunities to have their titles played for longer and on more devices.

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