Back in March at GDC, Microsoft announced the Xbox Live Creators Program, a program aimed at empowering developers by offering them a path to directly publish their games onto Xbox One and Windows 10 through a simplified certification process. Now, Larry Hryb has revealed that select alpha ring Xbox Insiders can get their first look at games published through the program.
The Creators Collection is a section where players can browse a “wide variety” of games from the community and developers. Insiders will find the Creators Collection, as seen below, in the home page of the Games section in the Store. The Creators Collection will have its own distinct area and Insiders are asked to provide feedback on the initial test catalogue of games. While some games are available for free, like Solitaire, others do cost money ranging from $3.99 to $9.99.
The Xbox Live Creators Program also allows developers to integrate Xbox Live sign-in and various social features into their UWP games. To ensure that there is minimal additional development time for games published through this method, developers can continue using the tools they’re already using today to create UWP games. The program works with retail Xbox One consoles as well, so a dev kit is not required.
There is no word on when games in the Creators Collection will launch for everyone.