Microsoft has revealed that all Xbox Ones can operate as development kits, implying self-publishing for indie devs.
Reports on this story surfaced throughout the day. It seems that the PS4 will not be the only console to allow indie developers to self-publish on their next-gen console. Microsoft’s Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten has confirmed that indies will be able to self-publish on the Xbox One.
Microsoft are making the publishing process on the Xbox One like that of the iOS App Store. For example they are removing costs for title updates. This in turn basically gives more control over to the indie devs who want to publish titles on the Xbox One, who will no longer be charged to fork out ridiculous amounts of money in order to release one patch.
Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten released a statement on the matter. Though he is a bit sketchy on the details Whitten has basically said that all Xbox Ones can be used like development kits by indies. The official statement is as follows.
“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.”
However, as Whitten told Kotaku, the dev kit functionality will not be available at the Xbox One’s launch. It will be added “at a later date“.
More details on Microsoft’s self-publishing plans for the Xbox One and indie development will be revealed at this year’s Gamescom in August.
At the beginning at the next-gen Console War it’s an arguable consensus that a vast majority of gamers believe Microsoft had shot themselves in the foot. Now it seems Microsoft are being more open to change compared to the tight-fisted approach they held onto earlier on this year. It appears Microsoft are indeed listening to public feedback and seem to be actively recovering ground they lost during the initial PR Battles.
Though I have already sided with Sony I do still give Microsoft credit for trying.
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