Game development tools and resources

Games are the fastest growing category on all Microsoft's platforms. Building great games that attract players and keep them engaged can be tricky. Luckily all the Windows phones, tablets, and desktops run the same software—making it easier to develop compelling, interactive experiences that span all form-factors including the Xbox with Microsoft's game development platform, services, and tools. You can create the next cutting-edge game with the power of DirectX 11 and C++ or use JavaScript and HTML5 to create a cross-platform game for mobile.

Design a Windows Store game

See how your game can embrace Windows principles and UX guidelines for game development, while improving the user experience and increasing engagement.

Get samples and templates

Rich samples and templates let you start right away with game app development in JavaScript, C#, and C++ with DirectX.

An epic space game built on Azure

Building the Age of Ascent on Azure provided the ability to have tens of thousands of players in a single world, engaged in epic battles and exploration. Learn about the game’s architecture, early development and some of the design decisions.


This program enables qualified game developers to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One, giving studios the tools and support needed to maximize their success.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Have you always wanted to get started in game development? Watch experts walkthrough how to create games from the ground up, using C++ and DirectX. Learn about the game loop, input detection, applying basic shaders, state management, and more.

Wordament: a cross-platform game

We talk to the creators of Wordament about how they architected their hit cross-platform game. Find out how it was built for iOS, Android and Windows using Xamarin, C#, and Microsoft Azure.

Get started with Unity

Unity and Microsoft formed a strategic collaboration to help developers more easily build and port their games and apps to Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Get the tools and learn about the offer here.


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