Project Spark beta for Windows 8.1 rolling out, lets you build games for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows 8

Project Spark for Windows is nearly here. As you'll recall, Project Spark is an upcoming game from Microsoft that spans the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8. It could be one of the most interesting cross-platform experiences from Microsoft in recent memory, if it works as they've envisioned it. Starting today you can try it out for yourself. The beta for Windows 8.1 users is rolling out around the globe now.

Project Spark is a hybrid between a video game and a video game maker. It's the spiritual successor to Microsoft's Kodu, which was also a game maker for Windows. Project Spark expands on the framework built by Kodu to create an experience that could help highlight the cloud-strengths of Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem. Right now, the beta version for Windows 8.1 is in the Microsoft Store and slowly showing up in different markets around the globe.

You signed up for the beta in June when we told you right? Good. Then you’ll be more or less good to go once the link for Project Spark propagates through the Windows Store. As of right now it’s only available in a few regions – like Kazakhstan. We weren’t able to download it yet here in the United States, but should be able to in a couple of hours. You’ll find the link down below. Don’t forget to make sure you have your special beta key in order to take advantage of the game once installed. Sadly, this won't work on Windows 8.1 RT, you'll need something like your Surface Pro to get this game running. 

Project Spark Beta

Project Spark itself won’t launch until Spring 2014 on Windows 8, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Then is also a beta for the Xbox One version coming in early 2014. In the meantime, here’s a hands-on with the game that we had back at E3.

Thoughts on Project Spark?

Source: Windows Store, Via: The Verge

Sam Sabri