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Xbox One allows free indie self-publishing

Jules Frith August 20, 2013 - 11:04 am

Microsoft has opened up registration for its ID@Xbox program, which will allow developers to self-publish for the Xbox One without requiring a fee.

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Microsoft continues in its scrambling to make itself as open and inclusive towards indie devs as Sony has been doing with its Playstation 4. It’s announced its ID@Xbox (standing for Independent Developers @ Xbox, apparently) program which will “enable qualified game developers to build, publish and make their games available”.

This follows on from news that every Xbox One will be able to serve as a dev kit, although not until some as-yet-undefined date post-launch. On that subject, Marc Whitten, Microsoft VP 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.”

Potential developers can register on the Xbox site from today, although priority will be given to the developers who have a record of game development already behind them.

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