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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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RE: aha
By inighthawki on 7/25/2013 3:45:01 PM , Rating: 2
A decently high end gaming rig thatll run most games at 60fps, 1080p, medium-high settings will probably run you about $1000, but will also have significantly more functionality than a console. This is what he was mainly getting at. Yes it will cost more, but you can go well above and beyond a console and also get way more out of a PC.

RE: aha
By karimtemple on 7/25/2013 4:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
This started because we got this:
PC's have been superior in every single way for years.

I sometimes wonder why consoles sell at all
To which I replied:
$400 consoles have always been better gaming devices than $400 PCs
To be fair to you, you might not have seen that as my reply has been downvoted to collapse, even though no one can name a $250 PC that can play PS3-quality games, or a $400 PC that can play what we expect to come from the PS3.

Therefore the mention of $1000 is already defeated. The answer to the question "Why buy a console?" was "It's a better gaming platform at its price point." Again, I play everything on my PC, so this isn't fanboyism. I was just answering a question.

RE: aha
By karimtemple on 7/25/2013 4:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
*what we expect to come from the PS4

RE: aha
By inighthawki on 7/25/2013 9:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
You are correct, I did not see that. I do agree with you, a $400 console is definitely a better gaming device than any $400 PC.

RE: aha
By SlyNine on 7/26/2013 2:55:46 AM , Rating: 2
So what you're really saying is that because you have to pay more for something that's better, it makes it not better?

So a Geo is as good as a Cadillac. Gotchya.

RE: aha
By karimtemple on 7/27/2013 9:36:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's exactly what I'm saying. This is not a world where money doesn't matter. If it didn't, everyone would play video games on the personal Tesla supercomputer clusters they have in their basements. So if you've got $250, PC is not better. If you've got $1000, PC is better.

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