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Documentation

Microsoft Game Development Kit (GDK) Docs

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Microsoft GDK public API reference and conceptual guidance for topics common between building games for Xbox Game Pass for PC on Windows 10/11 and Xbox consoles.

Microsoft Game Development Kit w/ Xbox Extensions (GDKX) Docs

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Microsoft GDKX private API reference and conceptual guidance (which includes the GDK documentation) *plus* confidential information required to build games targeting Xbox consoles. Active GDKX license agreement and secure login credentials required.

Xbox Live

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Take advantage of Xbox Live features and services.

Xbox Live Developer Tools

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Tools to help develop and test an Xbox Live enabled title.

Getting started with your Xbox Dev Kit

Guide

Set up and activate your Xbox Dev Kit.

Azure PlayFab

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Develop an effective LiveOps strategy and enable a complete backend platform.

Azure Gaming

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Build your infrastructure on a gaming coud with years of experience powering Xbox games and services.

Advanced Publishing Guide

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Learn about advanced publishing features in Partner Center for managed partners including Add-On Store Listings, Publishing to Sandboxes, creating durable packages (DLC) and more.

GitHub Docs

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Learn how to start building, shipping, and maintaining software with GitHub.

Simplygon

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Simplygon SDK provides powerful 3d asset optimization algorithms that can be integrated into your 3d game assets pipeline.

Xbox One Development Kit (XDK)

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Developer information for the Xbox One XDK.

Downloads

Microsoft Game Development Kit (GDK)

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Microsoft GDK public GitHub repository for the software and tools needed to build games for Xbox Game Pass for PC on Windows 10/11.

Microsoft Game Development Kit w/ Xbox Extensions (GDKX) Downloads

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Microsoft GDKX private download archive for software, tools, samples, and other learning resources (offline docs, conference materials, and more).

Microsoft Game Development Kit (GDK) Samples

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Public GitHub repository of cross-platform samples supporting game development for Xbox Game Pass for PC on Windows 10/11, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Microsoft Game Development Kit w/ Xbox Extensions (GDKX) Samples

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Private repository of Xbox samples supporting game development for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Xbox Live Services API (XSAPI)

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The Microsoft Xbox Live Service API (XSAPI) enables game developers to access Xbox Live features, such as profile, social, presence, leaderboards, achievements, multiplayer and more.

Xbox Live samples

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Learn how to leverage Xbox Live services to grow and engage your game's community with these samples.

Xbox Live Trace Analyzer

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Ensure your title is using Xbox Live Services in an optimal fashion.

PlayFab on Xbox samples

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Learn how to use PlayFab in your Xbox title with these samples.

DirectML samples

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Learn Microsoft's DirectML APIs to build runtime optimized implementations of your machine learning models.

DirectX graphics samples

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Learn how to use the latest DirectX APIs to achieve your artistic vision for your game.

Havok

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Havok SDK and supporting resources.

Microsoft Xbox One Development Kit (XDK)

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Microsoft XDK private download archive for software, tools, samples, and other learning resources (offline docs, conference materials, and more).

Microsoft Xbox One Development Kit (XDK) Samples

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Public GitHub repository of legacy samples supporting only Xbox One console development.