Report of support for independent publishing confirmed
Microsoft has taken a step to be more friendly to independent developers with confirmation that self-publishing will be allowed on Xbox One. The upcoming console will essentially function as a developer debug unit, letting indie creators run in-progress game code and publish their own games.
While speaking with Engadget, Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten said:
"Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. 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."
Until now self-publishing was pretty much completely off the table. Microsoft's previous Xbox One policies required developers to pair up with third-party publisher or strike publishing deals with Microsoft itself.
For more on this, including reactions from indie developers, be sure to check out the Engadget story linked here and above.