Back in May, we reported that Microsoft had announced that it would not allow independent developers to self publish video games on the Xbox One game console. It appears Microsoft has had second thoughts on that policy and the company has now announced that it will allow independent game developers to self publish titles after all. Microsoft has eliminated a policy that required game makers to have a publisher to get their titles onto the new Microsoft game console.
Microsoft will now be allowing developers to publish their own game titles and the move could help increase the number of games and developers supporting the Xbox One console. Microsoft also announced plans to let Xbox When users purchased off-the-shelf hardware units to use for development.
Independently developed games will be published the Xbox Live storefront. Microsoft spokesperson Marc Whitten, corporate vice president for Xbox, said, “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. 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.”
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