Ultra announces cross-platform SDK for Steam, PlayStation and Xbox

Ultra announces cross-platform SDK for Steam, PlayStation and Xbox

20th August 2020 0 By Jordan Heal

Ultra has announced its cross-platform software development kit (SDK) that is compatible with Steam, PlayStation and Xbox.

The suite of tools has been created to enable game developers on any platform to seamlessly integrate blockchain technology into their projects.

Previously, many PC game developers utilised the Steam SDK because it is the most popular platform for computer-based gaming.

Ultra is aiming to provide game creators with more flexibility, as its own software development kit has parity with not only Steam, but also Xbox and PlayStation.

It will also be compatible with iOS, Android, Linux, MacOS, and Nintendo platforms.

In doing so, developers on any system will be able to implement blockchain technology and incorporate features such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into their projects.

Ultra is set to utilise a custom Javascript-like programming language – comparable to Amazon’s Lambda – to provide a ‘serverless’ online service.

The technology is described as being capable of “effortlessly scaling for millions of concurrent users” with little maintenance and architecture complexity overhead.

The benefit of this ensures developers need not worry about operating a server nor do they need to understand how to scale their infrastructure.

The SDK is designed to generate NFTs which can be managed through an in-game interface and also inside of a marketplace.

However, a hybrid approach has been adopted that enables a ‘legacy database’ for regular virtual items alongside blockchain-based assets.

In turn, game developers will be able to decide what is best for their project, such as where it makes sense to incorporate NFTs or when it is better to just use regular game items.

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