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Report: Microsoft to allow indie self-publishing on Xbox One
Posted: 24.07.2013 19:51 by Comments: 4
Game Informer is reporting that Microsoft will be allowing independent developers self-publish. Even more astonishing, they will be allowed to let them to set their own release date and price for Xbox Live titles. The certification process will be similar to how Apple runs iTunes.

The certification would be a 14-day window from submission to approval, which means that Microsoft's process will be more thorough, dealing with terms of service breaches and major bugs for the most part.

Even more beneficial to indie developers, the standard Xbox One retail unit will be convertible to a debug console, saving a whole lot of cash for devs who can't afford a separate debug unit. This will also benefit major publishers for large scale beta-testing of their games as well.

This will allow games like Warframe and Fez 2 to be on the console, as their respective developers had complained about Microsoft's online policies.

This also represents the second major policy reversal by Microsoft since cancelling its online policy for the console.

Stay tuned for an official Microsoft confirmation.
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Comments

By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jul 24, 2013
nocutius
Finally MS, took you long enough to make such a simple and obviously unavoidable decision.

Nice to see them pooping in their pants again, well it's not exactly nice but it's still a sight :)
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jul 24, 2013
JonahFalcon
Making your standard retail Xbox One console into a debug kit is major. Small indie devs can't afford $20,000 kits, you know.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jul 24, 2013
nocutius
Perhaps it was not a simple matter but it certainly was unavoidable and in itself that makes for a very easy choice, you either swim or you drown nothing complicated there.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jul 25, 2013
danfreeman
Man did the wheel turn,when ps3 was out Sony was trying to catch up to MS,now it`s the other way around,at this rate the xbone should be worth getting but only if they continue to fix their problems.