Microsoft is now offering a big incentive for indie developers to bring games to Xbox Live, announcing Tuesday that it will offer the Unity Engine Xbox extension and Unity Pro seat licenses for Xbox One developers in the ID@Xbox program.

One of the biggest challenges for independent game developers is acquiring the proper graphics engine technologies to make it all come to life. There are many barriers to access a well-running and compelling graphics engine. For example, the popular Unreal 3 engine responsible for Bioshock: Infinite requires companies that can’t call themselves “an industry heavyweight with a commercial development history” to jump through many hoops before price is even discussed.

According to the press release, the Xbox extension (which costs $1,500) will grant free access to develop games not only for the Xbox One, but also for Kinect and Xbox SmartGlass. This is in addition to Unity’s built-in cross-platform capabilities, which allow…

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