Microsoft has taken a lot of flak for how they’ve handled communication with the Xbox One since it was unveiled in mid-May. The product itself wasn’t terrible flawed, just how they communicated ideas to the public was really off. Here’s a move that could go a long way in repairing relationships with consumers and developers with the Xbox One. Self-publishing is coming.
Before we continue, it’s worth noting that the ability to self-publish is something that Microsoft has evidently been working on for quite some time. Why they didn’t just announce it earlier and detail specifics later is beyond me, but this is what Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox, had to say in a statement:
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.
Gamescom is scheduled to take place in Cologne, Germany from the 21st through 25th of August. We’ll learn more about how everyone can be a creator on the next Xbox One.
Microsoft has already teased about Windows 8 apps working on the next-generation Xbox, but hasn’t given specifics about games from indie developers.
Source: Major Nelson