The game focuses on the experience of a journalist who breaks into an insane asylum in Colorado. He is armed with only a night-vision camera and the ability to hide, so it becomes a game of patience and caution as you guide the character through the asylum's corridors.
However, in March Microsoft said that it would look at indie games on a "case-by-case basis" to determine if it would allow them to launch on Xbox One after other platforms. The release of Outlast on Xbox after PS4 and PC is one of the first games to fulfill this promise.
Microsoft's Chris Charla offered the following statement to GameSpot about the release: "We’re really excited about the content ID@Xbox game developers are creating for Xbox One, including Outlast from Red Barrels and Sixty Second Shooter Prime from Happion Laboratories, both launching today. We want players on Xbox One to have access to the broadest and most diverse selection of innovative games. Obviously independent games are a huge part of that, and through ID@Xbox we’re committed to bringing gamers both new independent game innovations and fan favorites."