Microsoft details Xbox One indie self-publishing

Bullet Jul 25, 2013

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    Microsoft has announced that 'indie self-publish' is infact coming to the Xbox One platform, it will NOT be a feature at launch, but one they are working on and will announce more details at Gamescom next month in August, and so far it seems it will be better then Sony's PS4 plans in that Microsoft is planning to allow every Xbox One to be used for development.
    "Our vision is that every person can be a creator," Marc Whitten, corporate vice president at Xbox said in a statement. "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."
    It's a "vision," Whitten clarified to Polygon, because the system won't all be in place at launch. "It's how we architectured the [Xbox One]," he said. "But it won't all be there at launch."
    Whitten said that Microsoft has a "roadmap," but the indie development support on the console will roll out in phases that will likely include a beta, and publicly discussing policies. When pressed on when full support for indie development on the console would be available, Whitten replied, "Think about it in that first year."
    Whitten said the newly announced self-publishing policy isn't a reversal or a last minute change; rather, it's something inherent in the way the Xbox One was designed.
    "This has been why we built a bunch of how the architecture works," he said. "The idea that you can develop against a production Xbox Live service. That's why we architected that. We wanted to make it easier for all types of games and content creators to take advantage of the platform and Partnernet and Dev kits could never scale."
    The hope, Whitten said, is that by opening the flood gates to developers, the Xbox One becomes the sort of console where the next Angry Birds or next Minecraft could surface. "I hope this is a place where we see this unrivaled diversity of experiences," he said. "I get excited by what really creative people will do when they think about Smartglass, Kinect and our Live services. Some will be small quirky and fun and some will be huge, epic and creative like Minecraft."

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