The Xbox One's new policy for independent creators will benefit children and students, according to Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer.
"Opportunities for more kids/students to learn to program and build games is a great outcome of this policy," Spencer said on Twitter last night.
Microsoft's new policy for independent developers allows every person to be a creator and every Xbox One to be used for development.
The stance is a reversal of policy, as it was announced in May that independent creators could not self-publish on the next-generation platform.
Though every Xbox One system can be used as a development kit, this functionality will not be available when the console launches in November.
A number of questions regarding the policy remain, including details around revenue sharing, game promotion, how certification will work, and if creators will need to pay a fee or subscription to build games for the Xbox One.
Microsoft will share more details on the new program and its timeline at Gamescom in August.