Microsoft Unveils Multi-Platform Development System Project Spark - The UpStream

Microsoft Unveils Multi-Platform Development System Project Spark

posted Tuesday Jun 11, 2013 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft Unveils Multi-Platform Development System Project Spark

Every year Microsoft seems to have one thing up its sleeve that no one really saw coming. In 2009 it was Project Natal (now Kinect), then we saw a redesigned Xbox 360, last year we had SmartGlass. This year, Microsoft showed another project, Project Spark.

Using Spark, Kinect and SmartGlass you can easily create entire videogame worlds with little to no experience. In fact, during the presentation, we were witness to an entire world being born, rules created and players interacting with enemies, all within minutes of taking the stage.

The most interesting aspect of the platform is the multiple targets. You are able to develop for almost any modern Xbox platform: Windows 8, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, though no mention was made of Windows Phone 8's Xbox platform. This system is definitely a great way to introduce interested children to the gaming development world, as well as a quick and easy way to prototype an idea for any sized development team.

As of now, there is no known release date associated with Project Spark, but that is not unexpected. Any time Microsoft shows off a "Project" it is usually a VERY early preview, with many changes coming over the coming months or years. With Project Natal, for example, THE thing that everyone wanted was never released, much to everyone's disappointment: the painting system. All we know for sure about Spark is that it will evolve between now and release.

Hit the break for a gallery of some of the incredible things created with Project Spark.

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