GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft has brought its game development toolset called Project Spark to the Xbox One console in a beta version.
The firm was expected to announce the beta today, and indeed it has, along with Team Dakota. Project Spark is already out for Windows 8.1, and Microsoft said that it has some 250,000 registered users in the beta and explained that they will have access to the Xbox alternative.
"With the Beta now available on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, eager fans can join a dynamic development community of designers to create, explore and play within their own world, or jump into other community-creations to modify and collaborate on a game for endless possibilities," it said in a statement.
"With cross-platform capabilities and through the power of Cloud Saving, "Project Spark" creators can build on a Windows 8.1 device, and then pick-up a controller to continue playing on Xbox One or vice versa."
Project Spark lets Xbox One users grab hold of a game world and manipulate it through touch. Land can be grabbed, moved, and extended and characters adapted and tweaked. This is done through touch, Kinect and Microsoft's Smartglass.
Project Spark was announced at the E3 games show last year and has the air of Sony's Little Big Planet about it, as well as a dash of Minecraft.
You can choose to start with a blank slate, or bare landscape, or work off one of the existing ones.
Beta users can both create their own game within the game and play those made by other people. Microsoft said that players can provide feedback on other players' games, and can, if they want, "remix" someone else's game. µ