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AppGameKit/AppGameKit Studio Showcase / [WIP] AppGameKit Player that runs Tier 1 code on Xbox Series X

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apocolyp4
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Posted: 8th Dec 2020 01:34 Edited at: 8th Dec 2020 01:34
H all,

I have been developing a new AppGameKit Player (AGK BASIC interpreter) in C# that runs on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). My plan is to get AppGameKit tier 1 games/apps to run on the new Xbox Series X and S consoles natively. It only costs $19 to enable dev mode on the consoles, and then you can sideload apps in a similar manner to Android devices https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/store/register/.

Ive ported as much of the current C++ Interpreter to C# as I could, and filled in the blanks. Ive then used the open source Monogame framework to recreate AppGameKit commands to try and match them as close as possible to the real AppGameKit.

It is still in the early stages of development, but have got it working with enough AppGameKit commands to run a number of the tier 1 AppGameKit example projects on my Xbox Series X.

Snake Snacker:



Goals Screen Scrolling Demo:



SpaceShooter Demo:



As you can see in the spaceshooter demo there are missing features such as collision detection and particles, as well as bugs due to this being very early in development.

I plan on using this thread to keep everyone updated on my progress.
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Posted: 8th Dec 2020 11:52
WOW Absolutely astonishing work! This is really useful! I will follow your progress
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Posted: 8th Dec 2020 21:35
Excellent work
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Posted: 8th Dec 2020 22:32
Woah!
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Posted: 13th Dec 2020 21:58
Wow! This is absolutely awesome! Very well done.

I'd love to be able to develop for the Xbox family of consoles with AppGameKit, and I really look forward to seeing where you take this.

Keep up the incredible work!
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Posted: 14th Dec 2020 13:03 Edited at: 14th Dec 2020 13:04
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Posted: 31st Dec 2020 19:49
Wow, nice work. I think this can be run in Xbox One S/X too?
This is a good new platform for AppGameKit to test and play AppGameKit games.
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Posted: 31st Dec 2020 23:00 Edited at: 31st Dec 2020 23:07
Quote: "I have been developing a new AppGameKit Player (AGK BASIC interpreter) in C# that runs on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). My plan is to get AppGameKit tier 1 games/apps to run on the new Xbox Series X and S consoles natively."

Sounds too good to be true, but....nice work.

I should have known about the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) 5 years ago, but only recently discovered it can be used for Xbox One consoles (and forward).

So, I have been looking into that too and considering taking the C# leap.

You have beaten me to it by a mile, but I have plans to take GQ to Xboxes once I get it finished in AGK.

Quote: "I plan on using this thread to keep everyone updated on my progress."

Please do.

I wasn't going to do it the way you are.... I was just going to recode it in the new language making whatever changes I needed to.

I was day dreaming about Paul adding the Xbox builds via UWP to our export options, but knew it was just a dream.

Quote: "It only costs $19 to enable dev mode on the consoles, and then you can sideload apps in a similar manner to Android devices"

That sounds sweet, and now I have to consider stepping up to the new Xboxes.

However, the Xbox Ones are hitting Craigslist now for as little as $100 with controllers and games, now that the new consoles are out.

So, I was just going to pick up one of those Xbox Ones cheap. (yes... I am still playing on PS3 and Xbox 360, but now I can step up again to be one step behind to save money and the easiest way to recycle is to reuse, so buy used)

I think in order to use the UWP SDK for the Xboxes you have to agree to a no competition thingy... so if you release a title for the Xbox, then you can only distribute to Windows Platforms... PC.. Windows Mobile and the Xbox. (I have no problem with that if that is still the policy.?.

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apocolyp4
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Posted: 16th Feb 2021 19:39
Finally had some time to work on this further.

Ive been focusing on getting the Space Shooter example to fully work since it uses a broad range of 2D AppGameKit commands. Since my opening post Ive:

Added in support to emulate accelerometer inputs using a keyboards cursor keys
Started working on adding in particles support with a good number of commands working.
Added support for the sprite collision commands.
Fixed transparency issues with PNG's
Fixed Sprite rendering issue for sprites that are set to the same depth.
Added in more core commands.

The video below was capture from my Xbox Series X running the Space Shooter example.



I plan to have all the particles commands completed this week, and then go back to finishing the Sprite commands.
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Posted: 23rd Feb 2021 13:12
Absolutely GREAT!! I will follow your progress !!!
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Posted: 25th Feb 2021 01:21
Hmm i wonder if it uses Opengl or Vulkan...

Amazing work. Already thinking of all the possobilities.
Cause this may lead AppGameKit to a new frontier.

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Posted: 1st Mar 2021 17:35 Edited at: 1st Mar 2021 17:36
Quote: "Hmm i wonder if it uses Opengl or Vulkan..."


The Mono Game UWP API that I am using to build this uses Opengl.
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Posted: 8th Mar 2021 17:01
Excellent.

With your xbox player, we will able to export for xbox and play our game on a xbox one (or send our game to the xbox-store to play it) ?

I will be interested to send my free game arkeos chronicle (2D RPG) to the xbox ^^.


Do you have a list of commands ready ? Or a roadmap ?
It's cool for particles, don't forget the blendmode for explosion .

Do you think to add joystick commands ? (Because, for Xbox, it's important I think ).

Thanks a lot !
It's really great !
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Posted: 10th Mar 2021 15:12
This is mind bogglingly stunning! Wow... just wow! I am always dead impressed by how techy some of you guys are!!!!

Begs the question... how much does it cost be a dev and to launch a title on XBOX Series X? Is there a small indie friendly route?

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apocolyp4
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Posted: 12th Mar 2021 19:55
Quote: "With your xbox player, we will able to export for xbox and play our game on a xbox one (or send our game to the xbox-store to play it) ?"

Yes. right now just need to add the contents from your AppGameKit tiers 1 media folder into the UWP project and run the app. There is an extra step if you use OGG files, but no code changes required. When i have the time ill upload a video of how this works.

Quote: "Do you have a list of commands ready ? Or a roadmap ?
It's cool for particles, don't forget the blendmode for explosion[quote=]

Currently there isnt a roadmap, I am working my way through the examples that come with the AppGameKit and adding in commands when required. Right now I am working on getting the visual editor working correctly. When I have time ill list what commands currently work, and from now on what commands I have just added. Right now I am adding in the read and write file commands.

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Do you think to add joystick commands ? (Because, for Xbox, it's important I think ).
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Funny enough Ive still to add in the joystick commands. None of the AppGameKit examples Ive tested with use them yet. The Xbox One and Series X are compatible with USB keyboards which Ive been using for testing.

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This is mind bogglingly stunning! Wow... just wow! I am always dead impressed by how techy some of you guys are!!!!

Begs the question... how much does it cost be a dev and to launch a title on XBOX Series X? Is there a small indie friendly route?[quote=]

Cheers! Its $19 to be able to run your code on your Xbox devices. Im sure that also includes the cost to put your games on the windows store. There 2 different way to release games on the Xbox. UWP through the windows store, and as a registered Xbox Developer. The advantage of doing the Xbox Developer route (Im not) is that you had have access to better SDK so your apps run better on Xboxes.

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