Xbox One retail consoles will double as developer debug units

By on July 25, 2013, 10:30 AM
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Microsoft recently revealed that its upcoming Xbox One console will play double duty as a developer’s debug unit. That means that every retail console will run in-progress game code so indie developers can get started working on the next hit title sooner and for far less money than before.

Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten said it was Microsoft’s vision that every person can be a creator, that every Xbox One can be used for development and that every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox Live.

Naturally, opening up the platform to the masses meant a change in the company’s publishing regulations was in order. With the Xbox 360, self-publishing is limited to the “indie” section – all other titles must be distributed by a Microsoft-certified publisher either physically or digitally.

Moving forward, developers will be able to publish titles on their own without a certification. Code will still need to be certified before being released but we are hearing that process will be pretty quick. More is expected on this front at Gamescon late next month.

In the meantime, a number of indie developers have voiced their opinion on the matter. Brian Provinciano, developer of Retro City Rampage which is available on Xbox Live Arcade, said it was a great thing but it’s still not the equivalent to what other platforms offer. Philip Tibitoski, President and community manager at Young Horse Games, said he was waiting to hear more details about the self-publishing on Xbox One before making any sort of decision as to whether it’s a great thing or just something that’s only okay.

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1 person liked this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Can you say "U-Turn"?

2 people like this | lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

At this point I'll expect Microsoft to announce the Xbox One supports PS4 games...

Lwerewolf said:

Sounds like a jailbreak is inbound.

BlueDrake said:

This is only to get attention because they literally, kept pushing developers and customers away with their terrible decisions. I won't be surprised at anything Microsoft does, in terms of full reversal on anything negative.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Haha!! My first impression on the article title was that I find enough bugs in games as it is and I don't need / want to be the one who debugs games! But putting development power in the hands of Indie developers? Ok, that's a cool move Microsoft. Kudos.

Guest said:

The problem with this is it's only a matter of time before it's broken. On the flip side, I think this a very nice feature can will cut down the game development costs on the XboxOne.

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