Xbox One's Parity Clause Meant to Make Owners Feel "First Class"

Phil Spencer discusses Microsoft's policy of requiring that indie games launch on Xbox One at the same time as on other platforms.

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Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has further elaborated on the purpose of Microsoft's controversial indie parity clause, which requires that indie games launch on Xbox One at the same time as other platforms, saying it's meant to make Xbox owners feel "first class."

"The thing I worry about is--because I look at all the people who buy an Xbox, and they invest their time and their money in Xbox One, and, as millions of people obviously own Xbox Ones, I want them to feel like they're first-class, because they are," Spencer said on The Inner Circle podcast. "When a third-party game comes out, it comes out on all platforms at the same time, and when indie games come out, I want them to come out and I want Xbox to feel like it's a first-class citizen when an indie game launches.

"So, for me, the parity thing is, if you own an Xbox One, I want to work for you to make sure that when great content launches, if it's coming to Xbox and another platform, that you kind of get it at the same time everybody else does," he continued.

"I don't want somebody to come in and just think 'I'm going to go do a special game on one platform and then I'll get to Xbox whenever I get to it,' because I don't think that's right."

The parity clause has been a contentious issue, with some developers speaking out against it and even Sony taking a shot at it. But Spencer insists it isn't a blanket, uncompromising policy that will negatively affect indie developers if it's simply a matter of them not having the resources to develop on multiple platforms at the same time.

"That said, I have a lot of friends that run small indie studios, and I get that timelines around when--they just can't get both games done at the same time, all three games, all four games, depending on how many platforms they're supporting," Spencer explained. "So I always just say, 'Let's have a conversation.' And it's worked; today, I think we've done a good job of working with the indies on, when they've had parity concerns, if it's just a dev issue for them."

If it isn't a matter of resources and a developer is making a conscience decision to favor other platforms over Xbox, that's where Spencer takes issue.

"But I don't want somebody to come in and just think 'I'm going to go do a special game on one platform and then I'll get to Xbox whenever I get to it,' because I don't think that's right," he said. "And I think, as Xbox One customers, we want good games when they come out on both platforms. But I also get that, hey, for some guys, they just can't afford the time to get both done, so we've just entered into conversations with people as they're launching, and I feel pretty good about the plan."

Despite that clear stance, it's possible things could be changing. Spencer's comments on the podcast resulted in new criticism of the parity clause on NeoGAF, among other places, a fact which was brought to his attention on Twitter. "I see the feedback on my stance on the clause, I want to rethink how we approach this, responses are heard," he said in response.

This is, of course, no guarantee that the parity clause is going away, but critics will no doubt be pleased that Spencer is at least entertaining the notion of making changes.

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Damn it ! Sony Ponies get da **** off from this comments section, your place it's right behind the next door in sony news comments section so now leave faggots, damn you're just like cockroaches, always crawling, shitting in MS Xbox One's news comment section just to prove once more that you're big dick sucking ponies.

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I guess their parity clause does not apply to Tomb Raider. They really can't be this stupid. I wish some developer (or many developers) come with a lawsuit against this idiots. This is comming from a multiplatform owner (PS4-XOne).

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Stop trying to control things MS - essentially this IS your problem! :|

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"First class" and "Xbox" do not belong in the same sentence. Sorry

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sounds like a PS4 fanboy is jealous. It's okay, you can buy an Xbox One too and get into this decade.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yes you can, because there's LOADS available. and they keep dropping the price for some reason.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually, I don't currently own a Playstation system of any generation, I was a long time Xbox fan who is willing to be honest and face reality.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I can think of one where they do. Xbox is a first class bag of fertilizer.

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It is always nice to act like a douche if you are in a monopoly position. Especially with the huge gap between the increbible well selling xOnes and the horrible selling WiiU, Ps4, Vita, Pc, 3Ds, Microsoft is totally in a position to annoy indie devs ... hey, wait a second ... shouldn't they actually be happy with anyone taking the risk to release a game on a system we don't really know how many are sold to customer?

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More like to bully indie devs into not making any deals with Sony if they want to release on Xbox.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You'd think that people would just stop developing Indie games for the Xbox One with something like this. It's not like the Xbox One users will even buy that many indie titles so what's the point for the devs? Just look at D4 and you can see that people just aren't buying indie games on the X1.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Actually D4 is going to be my next perchase on xbox one as i love deadly premonition. Also if it were sony doing this this story would not be here one reason why the media sucks at the moment it is is here to play to sony fans instead of be imparcial like they should

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@jtthegame316 Xbox is just doing more bone headed things in the last couple years... I really don't think favouritism is a part of it. You still see plenty of articles bashing Sony when they screw up, they just seem to be better at avoiding such PR nightmares these days...


It's clear both consoles have been taking a lot of flak form a lot of people in a lot of places on the internet... they're both underwhelming and great targets in the technology world for making fun of, because they're both so under-powered after so much hype! I don't think either console have been received particularly well, but PS4 has a slight edge...

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I believe this comment to be aimed at DAYZ Devs I am sure. any way DayZ is terrible even on PC so I couldn't care less if Sony gets it first it will still be broken.

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Hey. B3llends. You do it every year with cod dlc. GTFO. I hope all Indies boycott your a$$

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Hey guys, I'm the owner of a WelfareStation and this makes me very angry. I don't really know why it makes me angry, but it does, so I'm going to come here and say the XB1 sucks and despite the terrible reviews I'm going to tell you that Driveclub is fantastic and kills Forza and I love it even though I can't play it since they haven't made the Plus edition available yet and the PS store doesn't take food stamps so I can't buy it.


Anywho... I actually own both systems, but PS fanboys are the worst.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> it's always the xbox fanboys complaining about the sony fanbosy being the worst. Then they lie about having both consoles. sad.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Hey Rob, we're not all poor Obamaphone trash - some of us can afford to have more than one thing. Anywho, go get a job and then one day you'll be able to do the same thing. It's true - give it a shot.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yawn, obvious tr0ll. go play with your big rod, another delusion. d1ckhead.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> There's no such thing as a "worse" fanboy. ALL fan-boys are raving incoherent morons!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Fair enough - but it does seem PS4 fanboys are more whiny in my experience since I'm convinced more than half of them don't even own the system - they're just hoping mommy and daddy gets them one and so they talk trash having never used either.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> something i have been trying to point out for a long time. i know being a fanboy is never a good thing but honestly have never seen anything like sony fanboys. wanting to boycotte third parties for making games multiplatform and not playstation only just shows how sad they are along with troll xbox feeds all the time. The only people who come close to being as bad as playstation fan boys are pc fanboys

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I'm sorry but after seeing your unbelievably stup!d user name I tuned out. Are you 10, or something? That is by far the douchiest user name I've ever seen.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually Xbox fanboys are the worst since most of them are hypocrites this gen. Also lol at "welfare" station. I know that's supposed to be joke but it doesn't make much sense to call it that.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> WelfareStation is a nice nickname I came up with when all the PS fanboys just complained about the price. Anywho, I've had now 2 PS4s, one I had a t launch and sold during the Christmas crunch, then I bought another again over the summer. The PS4 is fine, but its just kind of boring. I'm sorry your food stamps don't give you the chance to try out more than one thing at a time, but its true, take my word for it peasant.

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His welfare check is $400 dollars every two weeks. Guess which console he got at launch?

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I rather those $hitty Indies stay off all Xbox consoles. All Sony uses them for are the free PS+ games every month. And they all suck. All they do is clog up the marketplace.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> yes, EVERY indie game is rubbish. of course they are.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I do not think you know what indie means.

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Ignorance truly is bliss for you. There are many fantastic indie games, on, and off the ps4.

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I love how the indie argument is that everything should have simultaneous release, yet this whole "get it first on Xbone" they've been doing for years, seems to go against this new statement.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yep it's a clear double standard. If you're making a game for several platforms (as a small developer) it MUST come out on Xbox 1 at the same time as others. Though if you're making a game for several platforms (as a large developer) you get millions in incentives to release content either exclusive to, or first to arrive, on Xbox....


They can't really have it both ways and expect developers to be cool with that... it's just a way to push around smaller developers.

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First class and x.bone go together like oil and water.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I have both systems, my XB1s are used daily since they control my TVs and AV and cable box and it has a great game selection. Meanwhile I turn my PS4 on about once a month to just get whatever the latest indie Plus title is - although this week I have turned it on daily to see if Driveclub Plus edition is ever published.


Anywho, now is not a good time as a PS4 owner to be talking smack - you might want to wait until there is something to brag about first.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> says the m0ron thats "bought" a console they never use. sure pal, we believe you cough b s cough

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If you owned an Xbox One you'd feel it, I totally feel first class with my Xbox One! :)

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I play my games in 1080p, 60fps. You?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Your comment is so retarded. I guess that's why you're a fanboy. Delusion is set in a motion.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> the real delusional people are all the sony fanboys flooding these X1 articles with semantic bs since theres nothing to talk about on ps4 but how crappy driveclub is or shooting at cave openings on destiny.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Actually, the real delusional people are those getting defensive and bu-tthurt over an Xbox One article. Don't take it personal. It's not GOD. It's just an Xbox One. Nothing more.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Monthly updates, DLNA, Plex app, reliable network,customer feedback that lets users vote on features that matter most, yeah totally not a first class service. Enjoy PS4 which can't even release a game without problem after problem, over promising and underdelivering, no new updates or features till 2015! If anyone is delusional is you!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Your comment is hilarious. Monthly updates? DLNA? Reliable network? Customer feedback? THAT'S NORMAL. ohmygosh. You're too delusional.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> XB1 does not have monthly updates, reliable network is subjective, PS4 can release a game without problems so that's a over exaggeration and PS4 is getting a update this year. Also over promising and under delivering? Where were you with this statement for XB1 "cloud" promise?

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You're so edgy, guy that doesn't own an Xbox One.

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