Xbox One Indie Developers Can Self Publish, But Need Microsoft Approval For Now

By Spencer . August 20, 2013 . 3:15am

image During a Gamescom press conference, Microsoft explained how indies will be able to release games for Xbox One. The program will not have fees, certification or any activation.


Eventually, indie developers will be able to self-publish and later in the future retail Xbox Ones will be able to be used as development kits. For now, developers must apply to become an indie developer and those selected will receive two development kits.


Xbox Independent Games will be able to use features like Kinect, SmartGlass, Xbox Live, game DVR, in-game transactions, DLC, and cloud services. Microsoft didn’t say anything about achievements.

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  • WyattEpp

    There, was that so hard?

    (Given that it took months to figure out, apparently so.)

  • Freud_Hater

    Next, they’ll do a 180 about the name and just call it the Xbox 360 again.

    Seriously, this is just pathetic…

    • artemisthemp

      180 x 3 = 540.

      So we need 1 more 180 to make Xbox 720

    • Sergio Briceño

      It’s not everyday you see someone complain about a good thing.

      • Freud_Hater

        Touché, but while I’m praising the current changes they’re making, I complain that they had to do so many changes to begin with. You wouldn’t think making a decent next-gen console with interesting features would be that hard…

        • Sergio Briceño

          You are right. I, for one, liked their previous model better. Maybe I was among the few that “got” it the first time around and of the even smaller group that liked what they offered. But I understand they didn’t get their message through to most gamers the first time and had to do a 180.

          If I were to compare both the PS4 and XB1 models right now, I’d say they are pretty similar. They are still a little worse than what the PS3 offers though (an almost just as good, restriction less model, for free).

          Hopefully, their seal of approval means better quality games.

    • LaserVision

      Pathetic? Is there some sort of law that says every single decision for a console must be set in stone 4-6 months prior to launch? Unless you’re an indie developer, who cares?

      • Freud_Hater

        Changing a few things about a console is one thing but this is a case where the fan backlash was so terrible that ‘all’ they’ve been doing is back-paddling on their decisions. Selling and lending games, the forced Kinect connectivity, the forced internet connections and now this. If they had changed only one or two of those things, I’d share your opinion, but this is MS (Or at least their gaming department) that fucked up big time and is now trying desperately to fix their mistake. And you know what? While I applaud them for having the balls to ridicule themselves like that, they also wouldn’t have had to look like clowns if they hadn’t taken all those shit decisions to begin with. Seriously, there’s a reason all the other main consoles weren’t ridiculed like that: Because they didn’t have horrible, game-breaking features like the absurd DRM.

        Although I admire your strong resolve in supporting MS through and through, honestly. I gave up on them some time ago :/

        • LaserVision

          Like hell I’m an MS supporter. I know what it’s like to deal with Windows 8. Xbox live is a scam for multimedia (Netflix/Youtube/Hulu) users.

          My point is that from the NES all the way to the PS2 era we didn’t know every single damn detail about the system a year before launch. The internet has ruined console launches with false controversies blatant fanboyism. Gifs are now banned here. The fanboyism was so bad that it literally overwhelmed Siliconera (and their servers).

  • Taylor Davis

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel that asking for Microsoft approval first to publish a an indie game is stupid. I’m glad Indie developers can make games for this (monstrosity) system, but to ask if they can publish or not is a little bit strange to me. what about say yes and not make them ask for an approval. Sorry its just I’m trying to see hope but its going to be hard to trust them in the future.

    • Godmars

      Well, they are pretty much restructuring the entire process from scratch after trashing the program they had in place before.

      • Taylor Davis

        True, I never thought of that.

    • LaserVision

      No it’s not stupid. The Xbox indie games channel is flooded with crap. Not every indie studio makes Bastion, Flower or Journey. I prefer the PS4 but I think at this point, people are looking for reasons to just bash the XB1. (see the monstrosity comment)

      • Taylor Davis

        I prefer the ps4 as well. True, I’m still bashing it no matter what they change.

  • ShadowDivz


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