Microsoft announces Indie Devs @ Xbox program
posted on 08.20.13 at 07:41 AM EDT by (@admeady)
Indie developers to have access to same features as bigger studios.


At Gamescom today, Microsoft announced “Independent Developers @ Xbox,” a program that will grant independent developers access to free development kits, as well offering developers an “easy path” for independent self-publishing.

Indie developers will have access to the same features as their larger counterparts, including Achievements, Gamerscore, Kinect, SmartGlass and Cloud features.

“At the same time, many independent developers will still want to work with a publisher, either Microsoft Studios or a third party, to bring their content to Xbox One,” said the program’s director, Chris Charla. “Publishers can provide support such as testing, QA, funding and marketing and promotion services. While some independent developers want to “do it themselves,”

Xbox Chief Product Officer Mark Whitten said that it intends the Xbox One console itself to “eventually” become a development solution, which will enable “anyone” to make games on the system.

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  • SuperLuigi

    I just wanted to thank you for updating us so quick mr mods! A lot of people are pro sony only here but I’m happy with all news.

    • McPoo

      Here here! I’m actually quite impressed with the announcements. Microsoft do seem to be trying hard to win back people. Obviously it’s an uphill struggle, and they’ve got a massive way to go, but it’s a fantastic start.

      This site is very pro Sony though, which is why I reckon MS were getting abuse over the FIFA thing. Bit ridiculous really, as it’s a great business decision and good news for anyone pre-ordering. I’m interested to see what Sony announce, and how the community here takes the announcements.

      • Bobby Jennings

        Indeed Mc, Indeed

        • McPoo

          Well put Bobby. Sometimes in life, the pen, or in this case the keyboard, truly is mightier than then swords.

          You’ve taught us all a valuable lesson today.

      • Zero

        I know we have lots of negative comments in regards to Microsoft on here. While I don’t always agree with them, or even like them, it’s not exclusive to Gematsu.

        Most of the internet is still pretty pissed at MS.

        I suppose what I’m saying is – It’s going to take time for most people to get over what happened with Microsoft and the Xbox brand this year.

        • McPoo

          I agree it’s all over the Internet. I think it’s more noticeable here because its such a small, concentrated userbase. It’s a very Japan centric site, and so it attracts those users mainly.

    • Sal Romano

      It’s game news. ‘Tis what we do.

  • bloodiOS

    Wow, I’m seriously impressed. These are some amazing deals for indie developers. Sony should take notes of this if they’re serious about indie support.

    • Zackasaur

      This is neat, but Sony’s support is actually still quite far ahead of this.

      • bloodiOS

        Please, do elaborate.