Microsoft Decrees Every Xbox One Can Be Used to Develop Games
July 25, 2013 8:07 AM
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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
, "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.
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7/25/2013 12:10:22 PM
In fairness, Dark souls is probably one of the most shoddy ramshackle console ports ever done. The developer has even come out and apologized and said they will do better next time.
With the architectural similarities of the PS4 and XBOX one, I have the hope that this will be an amazing time for gaming in general, as it will be so much more easy to develop for all three platforms at once. Certainly much more so than it was for this generation.
I prefer the PS4 over the one because you simply can't beat the specs and price difference, it's a huge factor. But really, I PC game as well and honestly I've been doing this since the early 90's, the state of "tweaking" you have to do these days on the PC is so laughably minuscule. 99% of games run just fine right off of steam.
I agree with the people saying that consoles have a hidden cost. I have a ps3, I own next to no games for it, just the really good must haves like Red Dead Redemption and Last of Us. Why? they are 60 bucks each. If I combined my PC gaming purchase habits with console games I'd spend five to ten times as much on games as I do by waiting for steam discounts.
Yeah my PC is pretty damn expensive compared to a console, but it's all relative, those console libraries of games people post pictures of are huge dollars.
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