Xbox Live Arcade could return on Xbox One
Phil Spencer open to idea if ID@Xbox fails to "fill the gap"
Posted on Wednesday 26-Mar-2014 10:19 AM GMT By Aoife Wilson,
You guys heard the talk this morning that Facebook just bought $2BN worth of Octopus? Ridiculous. Meanwhile, in more important news on Twitter, Phil Spencer has reiterated his support for the ID@Xbox program whilst hinting that the Xbox Live Arcade may one day make a triumphant return to our consoles.
Though Spencer is fully behind the ID@Xbox program and confident that it'll the gap left behind by the demise of XBLA, he says he'll keep an open mind about reintroducing the channel if ID@Xbox games struggle to find a following.
@BobFTW14 I feel like when ID@XBOX gets rolling it will fill the gap that XBLA filled on 360. If it doesn't I'm up for return of XBLA.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 26, 2014
One fan's main gripe with the loss of XBLA was that the online space had "lost its character" - there's nothing to distinguish the indie games from their big budget brethren. Could ID@Xbox titles receive special tags, like XBLA's orange banners? Spencer seems receptive to the idea.
@BobFTW14 I like all games equal but I also think people will want to know what's ID, having a place in store or a ID tag could make sense.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 26, 2014
I certainly think there's still room for an XBLA-style section on Xbox One's online store - how about you? If you recall, Microsoft merged the Arcade channel into the main Games section in order to prevent the formation of an XBLIG-style ghetto, buried deep in the dashboard.
The firm claims that Xbox Live's new discovery algorithms now publicise games that would otherwise have been lost, doing away with the need for "sponsored content" slots and the like. ID@Xbox also imposes fewer charges and restrictions on developers when it comes to publishing their work.
What do you think?