Xbox One May Have A Trick Up Its Sleeve

Microsoft have announced that the Xbox One will be able to be used for the development of games and will allow indie developers to publish the games they create.


In what appears to be a bit of a turn around from their earlier stance a Microsoft exec has announced that the creation of indie games and the ability to add them onto the console will be made easier.

Xbox Corporate VP Marc Whitten released this official statement:

“Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at Gamescom in August.”

This signals another major change in the Xbox policy, first they reversed their decision on the DRM – now indie developers who had previously been required to get a publishing partner before they’d be considered for publishing via the Xbox Live Marketplace.

I’m not sure if this is just an attempt to persuade the established indie developers who’ve confirmed releases on the PS4 to come over and convert their games to play on the Xbox One. My only concern with this is that the Marketplace will get filled up very quickly with low quality games and it will be difficult for the cream to rise to the top.

I’m interested to see what further announcements will come out at Gamescon in August for Xbox and what, if anything Sony will announce for the PS4 to counteract this latest change in tact.

Source: CVG
Reporter: JMS1701

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One comment

  1. Probably too little too late at this point for the hardcore fans out there.

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