Update: Of course there’s always a catch with news like this. A Microsoft representative has just told Kotaku that Dev kit functionality will be added post-release.
Original Story: A rumor was circulating around the net today that Microsoft would be changing up its policies on the indie gaming scene by allowing indies to self publish their games. As with most of Microsoft’s other Xbox One policies, the rumor has been confirmed to be true by Microsoft and will be sharing more details about their policy changes at Gamescom.
In addition to the policy changes, Microsoft also announced that every system will have the capability to develop games. They provided Kotaku with an official statement on the matter which you can read just below. As with the policy changes, more details will be forthcoming on the Xbox One at Gamescom in August.
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.
The Xbox One seems to be making a 180, but in my opinion, that’s not such a bad thing. Stay tuned to OnlySP for more details as this story develops.