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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 althaz on 7/25/2013 8:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
The Xbox One has 33% less graphics processing power (assuming identical clocks which we don't know, but can probably assume with a fair degree of safety). The PS4 has 50% more graphics power, which is quite a different thing.

The Kinect also doesn't spy on you (in fact the camera is not usually on). MS can't legally use it to record you and the NSA can't physically do so (there's no way to remotely activate the Kinect camera, even for Microsoft).

I will probably buy one (because Kinect 2 is frickin AWESOME) as well as a PS4 (not going to get a PS4 until there's a decent 3rd party controller out though, seriously Sony, controllers aren't that hard).

That said, I really don't understand the pricing - the PS4 is better from a traditional games perspective (because

RE: aha
By ReloadAO on 7/26/2013 7:08:07 AM , Rating: 2

In MS case, they are developing drivers, software etc for x1... they can spy on you anytime!

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