By making use of what Microsoft has codenamed “Project Helix,” Project Scorpio will influence game development for both Xbox and Windows 10 Store games. Microsoft has reformed the process by which developers create games for the Windows 10 Store, with dev kits that let them imitate the environments of the original Xbox One, Project Scorpio, and different types of PC hardware. The Universal Windows Platform will power games on Scorpio, with games such as Gears of War 4, ReCore, and Forza Horizon 3 already designed to scale between Xbox One, Project Scorpio, and Windows 10 PCs.
Windows 10 and Xbox are set to get even closer following the release of Scorpio. Microsoft began the process of bridging the gap between the Xbox One and PC at the start of this generation and completed the union in 2016 by allowing developers to aim their apps and games towards the Xbox One as part of the Universal Windows Platform. Through the Xbox app for Windows 10 we already have most of the social features available on the console, with Beam.pro streaming, deeper customization in the form of new avatars, and many more prospects for Windows 10, Xbox One, and Project Scorpio.
Should Microsoft manage to succeed with Project Helix, a lot more Xbox-integrated games will be seen on the Windows 10 Store. Meanwhile as for third-party developers only a few indie outlets pounced to reap the benefits of the integration between Windows 10 and Xbox One, letting the owners of Everspace and Astroneer to roam between devices.
As the Universal Windows Platform becomes the focal point for developing games that scale between Xbox One and Project Scorpio, Microsoft is in the hopes that this will encourage developers to target the Windows 10 Store, as it will be a fairly insignificant task to bring a 4K Project Scorpio title to the Windows 10 Store for PC.