Minecraft creator welcomes Xbox One indie policy

Markus "Notch" Persson says Microsoft's decision to make every Xbox One a development kit is a "wonderful idea."

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has spoken out to praise Microsoft's new independent developer policy, specifically the news that every Xbox One can be used as a development kit.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea to have the actual box be the dev kits,” Notch told Edge. “This makes it easier for both the developer and for Microsoft, and presumably they could make it a lot cheaper since they’d only sell unlock codes."

"I realize there are other factors at play here, though, like a perceived need to make sure only ‘legitimate’ developers get access to it, so a monetary barrier might still be in place," he added.

Microsoft announced the news on Wednesday. Under the terms of the new policy, independent developers can self-publish titles on Xbox One, something Microsoft previously said would not be allowed.

Notch is not the only independent developer to praise Microsoft's new policy. He joins Bungie founder Alex Seropian, who said the stance is a "great move" for the industry overall.

Microsoft believes the new policy will benefit children and students by giving them an opportunity to learn to program and build games. Many details remain unclear, though Microsoft has said it will share further details on the program at Gamescom next month.

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steelmouth
steelmouth

lol Sony is giving away PS4 development kits for free and MS turns every Xbox One into a  development kit, it seems this gen is set for one hell of a bloody battle personally I cant wait until they pay us to play their console

anzelm
anzelm

Of course he is praising MS. Minecraft has made him a sh*tload of money on xbox360 and will be released on xbox1 for everyone to buy again. He would be stupid not to praise xbone, and Notch is far from stupid.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

one day, notch is a revered internet personality/indie developer, the next day his judgement is considered questionable because he praises ms for making it easier for indie developers to develop games for its console. one thing that ive learned over the years, ps3 users seem to be more active on pc's than xbox users and this might end up hurting him in the end run but i know another thing for sure, he will not change his stance no matter how hateful the response he gets from this is. one thing notch is known for is sticking to his guns and i respect him for that.

kingJord
kingJord

Wait .. in one breath "it might have a monetary barrier" and in another "good for students"??

As a public high school teacher I can tell you that the unit cost for just a $500 console would be very hard to get funded - if there was an added fee on top of that to get access to dev tools, it's even less likely to get funded.

They should follow Apple's model - if you own a Mac you can download and use X-Tools for free, but you need a $99/year developer license to publish.

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

When will this guy do down in weight?! He looks like a fat amish, and these people are usually thin, thanks to all the inbreeding.

grin89
grin89

i some times think notch is like a plump chuck norris, with a fedora.

wyan_
wyan_

he looks like a totally different persson in that photo.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

Funny how a few weeks ago, people couldn't get enough of the negative press surrounding MS and xb1. Now reading some of these comments lately in response to some of the praise that ms is getting suddenly these same people are telling gamespot to stop selling their souls to MS.

HenrySix
HenrySix

lol so many sony ponys and ms haters angry at this guy for praising microsoft. 


never change fanboys.

innocent69
innocent69

PS4 is far superior!!!!!!! PS4 has 4 gigs of dedicated memory for gaming (the other 4 gigs is dedicated to the crapy OS)

MetalDogGear
MetalDogGear

Comment section is full of morons and logical fallacies.



hrst1
hrst1

Since I probably won't have a home console, that means I will be stuck with my PC, PSP and Nexus 7. Here is the problem: the PC I have can barely get 10 frames per second on low settings with Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, and the one that I can use to play games like TF2 is used by my mom for work most of the time. The PSP is good but the graphics, screen and lack of a second analogue stick makes it less attractive to me now. And the Nexus 7 has lots of great games but being solely a mobile gamer is kind of discrediting.

So, should I save up money for a used PS Vita? That is the question.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Well being an indie developer he was hardly going to protest the idea was he?

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@steelmouth i know right? one thing is for sure, the people that will win from this will be us gamers because first parties will be busting their cohones' to make sure we get top quality games and entertainment for our console of choice. i dont think ive seen competition this fierce since the days of sega vs nintendo in the 16-bit wars

jp_
jp_ moderator moderator

If you have a weak heart and can't stand stuff like this please refrain from downloading

very cool Texture Pack though

frylock1987
frylock1987

@KimCheeWarriorX  

Its not really that easy when Microsoft will force guys like Notch to make their game exclusive to them because Microsoft isn't going to let someone use their console to make games for not only them...but for PS4 and PC.....

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@HenrySix I just hate his game. he made a mediocre-at-best game, and it took off like crazy.

I guess you have to factor in stupid people when you launch products.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@innocent69 Sad. The PS4's 4.5GBs of DDR5 is more powerful than the Xbox One's 5GBs of DDR3. As far as the OS itself, you can call it crappy all you want we don't know the details or how well either console will run their operating systems. Both consoles have cloud computing, though it hasn't been confirmed if the PS4 will have the same use for it. Both consoles are, at this point, pretty much on the same pedestal with the exception of Kinect bumping up the price of the Xbox One. 

Kelleyb4947
Kelleyb4947

@innocent69 For $100 more: modable gameplay, a better OS,  just as many games, a better online experience, Kinect which can entertain children&women, a controller which has improved on "the greatest controller of all time", almost limitless storage with the cloud, and the 1 SINGLE con: IF the devs can manage to push the boxes to their limits, which they haven't even done yet on the current gen, the ps4 graphics will be slightly better offline...if you care for more than graphics the choice is obvious.

KommonSinse
KommonSinse

@VenkmanPHD Right, because you don't like it, it's mediocre at best? I've never played Minecraft, I don't have any interest in it, but I see the genius in the game and why it has sold like it has.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Kelleyb4947 @innocent69 
Who cares if kinect entertains children.

And if a woman can't handle a regular controller, then it is her own fault for being technophobic.

I love my kinect, but not for stupid reasons like that.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@Kelleyb4947 @innocent69 Moddable gameplay: Not saying you're lying but was that confirmed anywhere? Just as many games: You are aware of how many exclusives are in production for PS4, right? Though I do understand quantity doesn't equal quality. Kinect: Apparently most people would be way happier without it. The greatest controller of all time: that's an opinion. And back to the start, for $100 more: Actually that just covers the Kinect doesn't it?

DevilDog982
DevilDog982

@VenkmanPHD @MetalDogGear agrees the person who called MineCraft mediocre... as you said in one of your last posts, sounds like an opinion to me. Great job adding to what you claim to hate.

hrst1
hrst1

@VenkmanPHD @hrst1 I just meant to say that it is a dev kit, too. Do you have an OUYA in order to bash it? Me neither.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@MetalDogGear @DamnILoveGames What the bloody hell? There was nothing stupid or off topic about that remark! Allow me to make a comparison. Say there were some car manufacturers, and they get told that the equipment to make vehicles will be more readily accessible, they won't think 'what a bloody stupid idea' will they? This article clearly states the Xbox One supports Indie devs. Notch, being an Indie dev (or at least one originally) won't protest receiving support will he?!

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@MetalDogGear @DamnILoveGames Though by the looks of things you've been having plenty of fun immaturely spreading links to everyone you disagree with instead of speaking your own mind, at least maturely anyway.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@Kelleyb4947 @DamnILoveGames @innocent69 I'm not sure what to say except thanks for spending the time to write all of that out! I'd feel rude for not saying anything back and while I'm getting a PS4, I really want the Xbox One to do well too because competition is what drives the two companies to do better and better!

Kelleyb4947
Kelleyb4947

@DamnILoveGames @Kelleyb4947 @innocent69 confirmed up the DEVS...I've been trying to start a petition to get the DEVS attention..we need to let them know we support THEM not gamestop. If we can buy their games from the place we guarantee they get the most out of it, only then will they have the fiscal security to allow mods..

Kelleyb4947
Kelleyb4947

@DamnILoveGames @Kelleyb4947 @innocent69

About the mods, it really shouldn't come as a surprise since we have a perfect candidate for a launch title in Project Spark. It has been confirmed by Major Nelson. 

http://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/1izk09/now_that_any_xbox_one_can_be_used_as_a_dev_kit_it/cb9tarf


There's something like 57 confirmed games coming out for the ps4 so far, as opposed to like 50 for the Xbox One(not including indies, since anyone can make and publish them on either system)..and yes quantity does not equal quality..and to be honest for me there's only about 30 xbox one games that I think I'll be buying out of the list..but 30 is still quite enough.. Let's say I play each game for  72 hours, that's 90 days worth of gameplay..If I played 2 hours a day, those games would last me 1080 days...and I think in 3 years they will probably have released a couple more games..hopefully.

http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/List_of_Xbox_One_Games

The Kinect: You're right, to put it simply lol.. but studies have shown that once the kinect is in the household, whether people bought it or not, they have liked it and have even bought games for it..To me, since I have family with kids it's a way to keep them busy that challenges them and doesn't rot their brain's, and when women are over it's ya know just another thing to do and have fun with.

http://www.gamepur.com/news/11564-list-xbox-one-kinect-features-are-worthy-excitement.html

The controller: I put the quote in quotes because I wasn't the one who said it...obviously lol, the 360 controller is widely regarded as the best controller, it's the one MLGs prefer to use, and though the dualshock has been available the longest and has changed the least ( with the exception of the dually 4) the 360 controller is seen as the most ergonomically comfortable...since the d-pad upgrade, lowered resistance in the sticks, shrink in overall size, and better rumblies are all new and haven't been tested by the masses it's impossible to say which one will be better..but everything people wanted tweaked got tweaked..the dually 4 does look slick in my opinion though.

http://www.madcatz.com/products/mlg/


Things you forgot: Moar dedicated servers and an overall better online experience and a better OS of which the DDR3 RAM lends itself to. Also Xbox marketplace at launch v. Gaikai, which is a 3rd party, will be coming in 2014..not that it makes much difference. Plus the little things like the kinect knowing who's holding a controller, no longer signing in and out when playing with big groups or like groups of 3 or 4 playing matchmaking when only 2 are allowed at a time...the face mapping which actually has already been done, but looks like it'll be close to almost realistic now haha..the "cloud-power" is NOT a gimmick, though it is a buzz word- it is capable of helping out in online gameplay, but since it's internet is no longer required I doubt DEVs will Reallly design campaigns which can be played offline around them...though how many campaigns are designed around offline gameplay these days? food for thought

http://www.winbeta.org/news/all-xbox-live-members-receive-unlimited-cloud-storage-xbox-one

http://www.giantbomb.com/forums/xbox-one-8450/ms-one-40x-more-powerful-than-360-cloud-10-without-1437581/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB0VKmk5bmI

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@DamnILoveGames  It's two words when you don't want to alert mods.

Sad part is that he thinks he's clever by posting logical failures that he clearly doesn't understand as several of the people he's attacking are not guilty of things and then he commits the same himself.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@Poodlejumper @DamnILoveGames Yeah he's probably just a troll. Considering his comment 'FU CKING MOOOROOOOON' he probably doesn't even understand the definitions he gave us. Oh and apparently the 'f' word is two words now.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@DamnILoveGames Don't feel bad.

He called my disregarding of Notch's (frankly I like Notch and Mojang...but don't care about the X-Box) opinion an ad hominem attack
.

Then he calls you a "Moron"...which is a ad hominem attack.