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Developer kit functionality won't be available at launch

There were a lot of independent developers out there who were unhappy when Microsoft announced that they would need a publisher to get video games onto the Xbox One game console. Thankfully, Microsoft has now changed its mind with an announcement that every Xbox One game console will be able to make video games.

These independently developed video games will be made available via Xbox Live. However, there is a bit of a caveat -- the devkit functionality for the Xbox One won't come at launch. Microsoft plans to add that capability at some undefined later date.

"Our vision is that every person can be a creator,” said Microsoft 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."

Microsoft's Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten told Kotaku, "My goal is for it to just show up in the marketplace. Of course there will be different pivots inside of that. There will be everything from what are we curating, kind of like spotlight content, to the normal discoverability stuff like recommendations, what's trending, what's got a lot of engagement on the platform."

Whether or not Microsoft will charge developers to publish their games directly remains to be seen. Whitten also says that he hopes some sort of certification system will be required for independent games to be published to ensure that there is no IP infringement or other issues with content published to the Xbox One.

Source: Kotaku

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Finally, someone gets it
By karimtemple on 7/25/2013 9:21:49 AM , Rating: 2
I've been saying Nintendo should do this for the Wii U. It's a sad, crazy world where Microsoft does something like this first. Man. Good for them.

RE: Finally, someone gets it
By Demonhitman on 7/25/2013 9:46:01 AM , Rating: 2
I agree.

By inperfectdarkness on 7/25/2013 12:10:32 PM , Rating: 2
The making games on a console, or the indy games thing? Indy games for Wii have been available for quite a while.

RE: Finally, someone gets it
By Breakfast Susej on 7/25/2013 12:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
Slight correction, Microsoft did not do this first, Microsoft did this under overwhelming negative pressure from the consumers and because the got slapped down so hard on their initial plans for the XBOX one that it was enough to make anyone's head spin.

The hate for this console is so palpable that it's entertaining to watch where it will go next. I'm interested to see where Microsoft will ultimately end up with this. Most notably, I'm interested to see if they back down on the Kinect and lower the price before the dust settles.

RE: Finally, someone gets it
By karimtemple on 7/25/2013 1:20:23 PM , Rating: 2
Slight correction, Microsoft did not do this first
I was talking about the Wii U. Microsoft did it first before Wii U could. Or anyone except Ouya for that matter, when it comes to consoles.
I'm interested to see where Microsoft will ultimately end up with this. Most notably, I'm interested to see if they back down on the Kinect and lower the price before the dust settles.
The One will be fine. And they won't be pulling the Kinect out of the box because it's a vital differentiator and central to their strategy. It's actually pretty smart, too.

The main problem with it is that price point; and there isn't a whole lot of wiggle room for it, either. Meanwhile, Sony could close the gap on Xbox's differentiation with great software (voice typing!!) and a coupon program for the Eye. Get a coupon inside every Eye box $30 off any game that uses Eye, done. Permanent bundle program, you choose the game.

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