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.


Nick Calandra
OnlySP founder and former site owner.

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  1. Now I was pissed at MS before for being spineless bastards who wouldn’t, nay couldn’t, stand up for their own system. Their marketing team deserves to be fired for putting the Xbone on the back-foot for its release. There were real good things with the Xbone online features and Xbone seemed to be aiming to be the future of gaming, via digital purchasing and library systems more like Steam, for instance. Even though they lost pretty much all respect from me for looking like flip-flopping fish out of water, this announcement makes me very happy. Self-publishing and digital are the future of gaming, and I am happy they are embracing at least some of that.

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