Friday, July 26, 2013

Dev Tools For XboxOne

In an interview with GameInformer, Microsoft has confirmed that the XboxOne will have development tools to potentially spur the growth of independent gaming.

"Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development.“ Chief product officer, Marc Whitten.

That’s pretty impressive considering where the XboxOne was standing just a bit over a month ago at E3.  With the nifty features removed and the crappy ones…also removed, Microsoft has been doing damage control to make the system more appealing. And having a product with built in tools to develop a game is the wave of the future. The Ouya has been selling quite nicely because of it. More detail regarding how the development works, selling said games on XboxLive and revenues with the creators will be better explained at upcoming Gamescom.

Now the devkit won’t be fully functional at launch. Bits and pieces may be available, so don’t expect fully access when you get your shiny new system. But it is something to look forward too while Microsoft rebuilds the brand they managed to destroy within a 3 month time-frame. All of this is coming off the heels of Microsoft’s change in policy regarding independent developers on their systems. We’ll start to see more new content on Live  as developers are allowed to release their own prices and dates , while allowing them to handle their own marketing. And! Debugging tools. Nice. They’re really trying to sway the market that has been recently shifting to the Ouya and PS4 for new content.

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