Create a Windows 10 game

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Download, tools, and information you need to start developing your Windows 10 game.

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UI Design

User interface basics, design principles, layout guidelines, templates, and more.

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Developer tools

Develop

A full library of documentation and technical information for Windows 10 development.

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Cloud upload

Publish

Programs and partnerships to help you publish your game in the Windows Store, for phone, PC, and Xbox One.

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What's your story?

The DevQuest video series is about developers and their game development experience. Adriaan de Jongh (Hidden Folks) travels around the globe to chat with developers from all over the world to find out what drives them, what inspires them, and how they make their games.

DirectX 12

DirectX 12 enables the performance of a console-like API and is faster and more efficient than ever before. Your game can fully utilize modern graphics hardware and feature enhanced effects, more objects, and richer scenes. Direct3D 12 delivers optimized graphics for Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and Xbox One.

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PlayFab

Now part of the Microsoft family, PlayFab is a complete back-end platform for live games and a powerful way for independent studios to get started. Boost revenue, engagement, and retention—while cutting costs—with game services, real-time analytics, and LiveOps.

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Microsoft Azure

Mobile, social, or hardcore, Azure has your game's needs covered in the cloud. With Azure, you can rapidly scale up and out in 26 regions across the world, including China. That's more than Amazon and Google combined.

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Mixer

Live streaming video on console, PC, or mobile with sub-second latency and unique interactive capabilities. Mixer is blurring the lines between Watching and Playing – giving game developers a new way to engage consumers.

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Resources

Xbox Live Creators Program

The Xbox Live Creators Program is a great for quickly publishing your game to Xbox One and Windows 10, with a simplified certification process and no concept approval required. Now any developer can integrate Xbox Live into their game and publish to Xbox One and Windows 10.

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ID@Xbox

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.

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