Xbox One to support Windows 8 apps in the future?

By Vamien McKalin | Jul 02, 2013 12:27 PM EDT

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Microsoft's plan of the future is to have a single ecosystem where everything works seamlessly on every device, and so far the company is closing in on the dream with the Xbox One. It was evident that Microsoft would go this route with its new console after the company confirmed that one of the three operating systems is based from the Windows 8 core.

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At the Build 2013 conference last week, Microsoft vice president of developer and platform evangelism Steve Guggenheimer, hinted at the possibility of Windows 8 apps coming to the Xbox One. He said that those who are interested in developing apps for Xbox One, should look to creating apps for Windows 8. He then went on to show a simple web app running on the Xbox One.

"Xbox One has two engines, it's got a gaming engine and it essentially has a Windows 8 engine," said Guggenheimer, according to The Verge report. "Nothing to announce today, but when I talk about that common core you're seeing that common core in action, being able to target other devices over time that run the Windows 8 engine. If you want to know about how to get a head start about thinking about developing for Xbox One, the logical thing to do is go build Windows 8 applications."

Guggenheimer didn't mention when future Xbox One owners would get to use Windows 8 apps on the device, or whether or not users would have to download these apps from a separate marketplace from the Windows 8 Store. At the moment, information regarding this is lacking, but we strongly believe this is going to be a future selling point of the Xbox One a few months after launch.

What Microsoft needs to do now is combine the Windows 8 store with the Windows Phone store and allow all apps to work across devices, then bring Xbox One into the game.

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