Microsoft reverses Xbox One indie publishing requirements

[UPDATE] Microsoft confirms self-publishing for independent developers will be available on Xbox One; all systems can be used to make games; more details will be shared at Gamescom.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft confirmed that independent developers will be able to self-publish titles on the Xbox One and that every system can be used to make games. More details about the program will be shared at Gamescom next month.

"Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development," Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten said in a statement. "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."

Whitten told Kotaku in a new interview that devkit functionality will not be available when the Xbox One launches in November.

The original story is below.

Sources have told Game Informer that Microsoft is preparing to announce a new policy that will allow independent developers to self-publish titles through Xbox Live.

This would be a reversal of policy for Microsoft, as the company said in May that indie developers would need to obtain a publishing deal from Microsoft or a third party to release their games through the service.

According to the report, a "cacophony of naysayers" pushed Microsoft to reconsider its position on the matter. The new terms reportedly will allow developers to choose release dates and pricing.

The move would put Microsoft in line with Sony and Nintendo, which have said that they will allow developers to publish their own titles on the PlayStation Network and Nintendo Network, respectively.

If true, the reversal would be the second major policy switch Microsoft has made in recent months. In June, the company reversed some of its most controversial connectivity and secondhand policies.

In addition, Game Informer has learned that Microsoft is "drastically overhauling" its certification process, switching to a model more closely resembling that of iTunes. A 14-day turnaround is targeted for approvals, the site reports, with Microsoft examining games for terms of service violations and bugs instead of "extensive code checking."

On top of this, the publication has been informed that every Xbox One unit can be converted to a debug console, allowing Microsoft to authorize a console ID to play prerelease code.

Microsoft was not immediately available to comment.

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Lostat
Lostat

2 reversal xbox-one policies already.  3 strikes & they're out perhaps?

IndoorActivist
IndoorActivist

MS problem seems to be a lack of creativity, their historical lack of depth in their genres is killing their overall think tank.  No new exclusive IP's, or none that are worth a damn.

Reversing every decision they so arrogantly made at E3 because the boys from Japan are doing it better.  All the while SONY sit back waiting for Tokyo Game Show to show the world why XboX is a glorified cable box that you will be able to operate with your Voice.  

Bushindui
Bushindui

IMO there are 3 types of console owners; ass*****, sheep, and genuine gamers and from you’re comment it is clear which of these you are. We have both consoles and from personal experience I would have to side with PS3 simply because XBOX just has too many disadvantages.
XBOX
Disadvantages:

-High failure rate, often exceeding 50% (again these values change from year to year)
-Uses HD DVD's which are a little outdated and can hold less data than Blue-ray
-Controllers are powered by batteries
-You have to buy a wifi adaptor to play wireless
-You have to pay per month to use xbox live.
-Poor online gaming community, constant use of racial slurs and profanity by young gamers, rage quitters, etc
-Customer service
-Lack of simple features like reading sent messages
-Generally slow menu and keyboard navigation, it feels quite ‘sticky’ in comparison to PS3
PS3
Disadvantages:

-It is expensive although prices are on their way down
-Lack of ability to play music during some games
-Becomes slightly sluggish when HD is filled.
-very slight deterioration with online gaming at peak times

If you feel I have missed something out please point it out, but exclusives aren't included for the simple reason they are practically mirrored on both platforms.

Unbound72
Unbound72

After reading these comments I can understand why most people think Gamers are nerds and losers. Love how Sony sheep do everything they can to "convince" others that PS4 is the way to go. If it was or will be so great then you wouldn't need to force your opinion to convince others. Sony must be the Libtards of gaming I assume....

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

are microsoft doing exactly what sony is doing, now?

back to their rip-off ways then.

_fark_
_fark_

God damn companies like Micro-180-soft, backpedaling and doing 180's all over the shop!! Who do they think they are.. listening to their customers feedback.. adapting to their customers needs and wants!! It makes me so ANGRY.

I think I might go have a Mr Freeze Ice pop to cool myself down.

inscript
inscript

Microsoft made a mistake too go digital everything, at a early stage for low costing video games, most of the world wasn't ready for it , so they fix that ! You people still mad, they never dropped a plain for indie dev, people whined about that , the system never came out yet , they drop a good developer plain to save developers a lot of hassle and money the patient one's Seem very happy about it, not only a developer can make game we can us as a consumer. I don't know about y'all but to me xbox seems to offering a lot more. So to the developers the 2 developers out of 100 that choose to avoid Microsoft think again ..1 lost to a million gain .....a million gain sound better to me......if your hating pass this point still hawking down every xbox article to say something negative your ether

A. Have no life and all you do is hate...lol I hate xbox cause its black! ....B. you never owned a xbox with full xboxlive......C. You prolly work for Sony making $2 a hour and so us to not paying for Playstation network and your blaming xbox for Sony changing their online policy to $60

inscript
inscript

Microsoft made a mistake too go digital everything, at a early stage for low costing video games, most of the world wasn't ready for it , so they fix that ! You people still mad, they never dropped a plain for indie dev, people whined about that , the system never came out yet , they drop a good developer plain to save developers a lot of hassle and money the patient

Seem very happy about it, not only a developer can make game we can us as a consumer

I don't know about y'all but to me xbox seems to offering a lot more. So to the

developers the 2 developers out of 100 that choose to avoid Microsoft thank again

austin
austin

Bit late M$! Most Indies have already jumped on the Sony and Steam bandwagon!

Haze204
Haze204

MOD : ''Microsoft is like the guy that completely tried to screw you over, then wants to be your best friend -_-, just annoying.''

And in my opinion, if you are cool with that you think like a female.

XdavidCAzen23x
XdavidCAzen23x

Here's the main reason why you shouldn't trust Microsoft:

I am not a Sony owner or fan, I just think this is important for people to know this about Microsoft, especially if they plan on purchasing an Xbox One, complete with the biometric Kinect 2.0.This is not a company to trust or support.They are not the only major company either, Apple, Verizon, Google, and Yahoo, among others have also been implicated by the documents that were leaked by #EdwardSnowden.

http://www.businessweek.com/ar...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/07/prism-tech-giants-shock-nsa-data-mining

This link below shows the leaked slides themselves:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/


Microsoft has knowingly helped the NSA violate our 4th Amendment Constitutional rights as well as the privacy of international citizens worldwide in the secret PRISM program revealed by whistle blower and international fugitive Edward Snowden.

This link helps demonstrate how closely Microsoft collaborated:

http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data

If you haven’t heard about this you’re a kid or living under a rock. To knowingly support any company that can and will do that to you is insane, and if you’re an American—traitorous to the freedom so many have died to protect. That’s the problem with Microsoft. All this other stuff about the Xbox One is just a side show now, Kinect included. It’s about protecting your rights and not being stupid.

All companies like Google, Verizon, Apple, and Microsoft need to be held accountable for their actions. Some of them may inevitably be so large and we may be currently be so overly-dependent on their products to make a radical change but every person can take steps to give as little of their discretionary income to these companies as possible by boycotting their products which you know you don't need. So before people go trolling on about that idea, I know that of course we can't just quit using computers altogether or cell phones overnight-- that's crazy. That's not what I or any other sensible person is talking about. Xbox One is not a need (really neither is the PS4, but as far as we know so far they didn’t do anything..). By boycotting things that you don't need from the businesses involved with this crime and becoming as independent from their products and services as possible-- you damage them immensely and let your voice be heard at the same time that you won't tolerate this kind of oppression.

The less cash flow these companies get, the more they feel the repercussions of
this kind of criminal activity. At the same time you contribute to competition-- the driving force of everyone's beloved capitalism-- by shrinking these enormous conglomerates and making room for other players, so to speak.
It’s not our fault Microsoft (among other notables) poisoned their own well, but we still don’t have to drink out of it.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/nsa-prism-data-mining_n_3399310.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=2464935,b=facebook

http://www.dogtownmedia.com/no-one-is-safe-microsoft-caught-spying-on-skype-messages/

http://news.yahoo.com/microsoft-waits-fix-software-bugs-nsa-them-first-140237627.html

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/06/13/nsa_surveillance_leaks_suggest_microsoft_may_have_misled_public_on_skype.html?fb_ref=sm_fb_share_blogpost

http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/14/microsoft-reveals-government-data-requests-stats-including-nati/

puukusa
puukusa

" ...allowing Microsoft to authorize a console ID to play prerelease code" - yay, to jailbreaking XONE and making it beleive GTAV is my homebrewed prerelease code

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

MS I am still not buying your Xbox One ....

and I don't trust you enough to think you won't bring everything you wanted back in a year's time or more after console launch

Why would any sane person give you their money ? 



monson21502
monson21502

i am gonna make river city ransom online and be ubber rich

the13stuff
the13stuff

This just in: Xbox One will be adopting a touch pad in the top center of the controller, and will sport new game title exclusives:

Unfound: Derek's Misfortune

Small Large World

Snatchet & Blank

The Final Few of Us

"These are all on course to provide unique and engaging entertainment options and are in line with what we have always believed in, no matter what we said last week"

Said some guy in a suit too busy to give his name because he was trying to figure out his Windows Tablet

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

The only thing left for Microscam to do is change the name of the xbone to Ps4.

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

Microsoft is like the guy that completely tried to screw you over, then wants to be your best friend -_-, just annoying.

darkamor
darkamor

If Julie Larson-Green is responsible for these changes to improve relations between Microsoft and Gamers / Game Developers? Then do Microsoft a favor (do us all a favor) and put her in charge of the entire Company! 

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

About damn time. It seemed like a punishment for the indies with the requirement they would had to endure before. Hopefully all goes well from here on out.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

It appears the new Xbox division leadership has settled in quite nicely and are reversing so many decisions of the now ex chief of Xbox. Let's hope that under the Chief executive Julie Larson-Green that this trend continues. She's already proving she's at least smart enough to know bad policies when she sees them.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Jeeze Xbox starts the next gen with, "We're sorry. We we're completely wrong. Sorry." That doesn't make me feel confident in their ideology...

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

We knew they weren't going to ignore indie gaming for long. There is a lot of money being made.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Something interesting I noticed in some articles outside of Gamespot are the amount of Indie Devs saying stuff like, "This is great news, I hope to hear more about it". Which means unlike Sony, Microsoft haven't actually gotten around to contacting these indie studios to show them how the publishing model will work. This makes this indie publishing news seem more like an afterthought from MS, instead of seeing them actually work closely with the indie devs. I hope I'm just over-thinking this.

EDIT: Found the link: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/24/xbox-one-indie-self-publishing/

meconate
meconate

Gotta love the Gamespot community.

They hate Microsoft for their console policies, so Microsoft correct their errors and reverse these policies = The community hates Microsoft more.

Nice logic.

And can I ask how it's "too late"? Neither consoles have been released yet. It's not like they're making these changes half-way through the next gen.

To say you fanboys hate the Xbox One so much, you sure love reading articles about its progress.

csx105
csx105

@inscript I hate them both because they're black. . .I mean, they might steal something. . .best to take it up back and shoot it wit this here gun I keep in my bedroom, gotta git r done.

Inquisitha
Inquisitha

@austin 
"It's not to late it's never to late"
-Three Days Grace

ShutUpFanboys
ShutUpFanboys

@XdavidCAzen23x you are now the 1000000000000th person that has tried to convince others why NOT to buy anything from MS because of their ties to the NSA and whatnot. I have seen those EXACT same links already posted here at GS NUMEROUS times.

do you people think you are truly the FIRST people on here to tell us this? Do you think others here are not SICK of reading you people posting the same LINKS every day?

we have been reading these same EXACT posts over the past 2 months, it's a god damn BROKEN RECORD.

if you don't know this by now YOU are the one living under the rock.

G-Legend
G-Legend

@SiLenTWarrior29 Lmao reminds me of reverend lovejoy's wife "WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!"

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

Yup and the xbots are the idiots that keep taking him back even after being screwed in the rear...

hadlee73
hadlee73

@bigmikeOK I wonder if she changed the office chair too? "What the hell is this leather thing?? Its not even practical!" lol

monson21502
monson21502

@ydnarrewop its better then lieing and then give u crppy free games and never owning up to their mistakes like sony does

inscript
inscript

@hadlee73 your clearly over thinking .....indepent = indie developer <<research what that means and you would be fine afterwards trust me...lol also sony is not working close with indie developers. your talking  about 1st and 3rd party developers ....which xbox is doing to

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@hadlee73 yeah believe the same company who slammed the door shut in the face of Indie Devs is now playing nice. PR/BACK PEDDLING 101. Microscam is the king of that..

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@meconate the only reason Microscam changed anything was because the PS4 was kicking their ass in preorder sales 4-1 so they back peddled. If you think they did for gamers, you're an idiot..

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@meconate you don't get it we hate them for trying to implement that stupid crap and the only reason why the change it was because of the poor pre-orders it was getting I'm pretty sure the will bring some of it if not all of it back in a year or two


also trust is easy to loose but hard to get back

Unbound72
Unbound72

@Eraldus @Unbound72 Sorry Sony Sheep I actually own a PS3 and an Xbox and play both equally and can't say I have a preference over the other. It's just sad how Sony puppets cry so hard and stamp their feet trying to convince others to buy Sony.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@96augment Titanfall is on pc and as for Forza 5 if people want to be stupid they can drive like idiots and have that be their AI others play against when they are offline. LOL

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

@COPMAN221ISBACK I really don't understand why after all the bullshit MS been spewing and then after all the complaints MS starts backpedaling, pulling 180s.. people still defend them(xbone) knowing MS tried to screw them with their policies. I understand being a fanboy for a good reason but an xbot I just don't get it. I got many good reasons to buy a ps4 and many reasons also of not supporting the xbone.  

hadlee73
hadlee73

@inscript @hadlee73 No I was talking about indie devs, not 1st and 3rd party devs. And yes, Sony has been working with quite a few of them. Maybe not inviting them to parties or anything, but enough so that the indie devs know the score as to how the publishing will work. :P

meconate
meconate

@COPMAN221ISBACK @meconate So you truly believe that companies like Sony are doing it for gamers and nothing but gamers? They want the money too, y'know.

I'm not disagreeing that Microsoft knew they made a big mistake with their policies; but is there any need for so much continuous hate from here on out?

If you've no interest in them, and you have no intention of buying an Xbox One console, then why are you so hellbent on whining on every article about them?

If you've made up your mind, leave it be, but judging by the majority of the comment, it sounds like a whole lotta' butthurt.

Sorry, that's honestly how it looks.

96augment
96augment

@DeViLzzz Personally speaking, I don't care about Titanfall and Forza. But there are people who want to buy these games. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised to see Titanfall to sell at least 5 million on the Xbox 360 alone. 

The point I was trying to make was that people will buy the Xbox One for games (even though they could get these games on another platform like the PC).

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@meconate @shadowhunter0 Hey I have my 360 next to my PS3. It's all about the games for me BUT after the shit Microscam tried to pull with the xbone I think I will speak with my wallet as most gamers are doing and not buy it. A message needs to be sent so no other companies (Sony Nintendo) don't try the same crap in the future.. If you want to be mad at someone be mad at Microscam for their stupidity and greed.

meconate
meconate

@shadowhunter0 @meconate  
What does that even mean?

I'm simply interested in video games, and I enjoy playing video games. I don't take sides as I don't see it like it's some kind of warfare.

meconate
meconate

@COPMAN221ISBACK @meconate 
Microsoft saw the feedback, they back-peddled, sure. However, I hardly see "XBOX SUCKS" as being constructive feedback, do you?

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@meconate @COPMAN221ISBACK all companies are in it to make money but when they try to totally take away all your rights as Microscam tried and then later back peddled they need to be taught a lesson so that other companies don't get the same dumb ass idea..