Last week, Microsoft spent a considerable amount of time celebrating the tenth birthday of ID@Xbox, and as part of this, it was announced that ID@Xbox was implementing a brand-new "Developer Acceleration Program".

The idea behind this program is to "empower underrepresented creators with the resources and information needed to bring their creativity, innovation, and originality to Xbox", and the announcement grabbed a lot of attention across the industry, with even former PlayStation boss Shawn Layden sharing his praise for it.

Here's a look at how he responded to the news:

As mentioned in the quote above, the idea with this program is to "create gaming experiences that appeal to new audiences" in order to achieve Xbox's mission of reaching billions of gamers, and that means "actively seeking out and empowering developers with unique perspectives to create games that appeal to the diverse audiences on Xbox".

You can find out a lot more about the ID@Xbox Developer Acceleration Program in a post on the official Xbox website as well as the excellent interview that Shawn linked to in his tweet, along with the video above.

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