Developing games for Xbox®

Create, launch, and operate your game with a comprehensive game development platform for Xbox.

Create games for Xbox with Unity

Xbox Development
Develop for Xbox

Follow these steps to start developing for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S platforms:


Discover powerful creation tools

Explore advanced tools to help you take your Xbox game development to the next level.

Xbox Multiplayer
Find multiplayer solutions

Create multiplayer games for Xbox with cloud-enabled tools, services, and infrastructure.

Unity expert consulting
Access expert support

Leverage porting and optimization expertise and game consulting services from Unity software engineers to help you ship the best Xbox game possible.

Unity for games

How to develop Xbox games with Unity

Here’s how you can bring your game to Xbox:

  • Make your game 
  • Apply for the closed console platform
  • Get the platform support add-on 
  • Test on platform hardware and optimize
  • Implement platform-specific features
  • Build to the platform’s package format
  • Go through the platform-specific testing process
  • Create art assets for the platform’s store 
  • Release
Unity for games

Learn about successful Xbox games that were created with Unity.

The Falconeer

The Falconeer: Xbox Series X|S launch

Listen to an exclusive interview with solo developer Tomas Sala on Go Behind the Game with Unity’s Mike Geig. Tomas shares about bringing The Falconeer to Xbox Series X|S on the platform’s launch day. Plus, watch a Tech Talk from Tomas that dives into how he created this unique and original game with textureless art.

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Battletoads for Xbox

Battletoads reaches a major milestone

Battletoads, the reboot of the classic side-scroller, stomped its way onto the Xbox One last year and hit over one million players quickly after launch. Learn how Dlala Studios overcame the challenges of bringing back a beloved game for a whole new generation of players.

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Ready to get started?

From workflow and integration to training and support, Unity can help you bring your game to Xbox.

Frequently asked questions

How much does a Unity Pro license cost?

Unity Pro costs $150/month or $1,800/year, and this includes one seat. Please see our store for all product and purchasing information.

How do I start creating for Xbox?

You’ll need an active Unity Pro subscription (or a Preferred Platform license key provided by the respective platform holder) to access these specific build modules via developer platform forums. Register here to become an Xbox developer.

Can I build and deploy to closed platforms (like Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation, or Xbox) with Unity Pro?

Yes, you can build and deploy to closed platforms such as Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation®, Google Stadia, and Microsoft Xbox with an active Unity Pro subscription (or with a Preferred Platform license key provided by the respective platform holder).

You will also require approval from each platform holder to develop for their platforms. Check out the Xbox registration page for more information.

Nintendo Switch is a trademark of Nintendo.

How do I access the console builds for Xbox?

Before gaining access to the build modules, you need to apply for developer status and get approval from Xbox.

Where can I read the release notes for Unity?

The release notes for Unity are here.

Which languages do developers use to create Xbox games?

Use whichever language you’re already using to make your Unity game. If you haven’t started developing yet, use C# or visual scripting.

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