Microsoft may change course and allow Xbox One games to be self published

When Microsoft first announced the Xbox One in May, the company also revealed that all Xbox One games, including titles from small independent developers, must have a publishing agreement before they could be released on the console, either with Microsoft Studios itself or with a third party publisher.

This was a very different policy than what currently exists on the Xbox 360, which has its Xbox Live Indie Games section that lets small studios release their own games with no need for a formal publishing agreement. It's also different than Sony's plans for the PlayStation 4, which is also allowing small game developers to freely release their titles on the console. This move caused a number of major indie studios, including some who released their first console games on the Xbox 360, to defect to Sony and the PS4.

Now a new rumor claims that Microsoft is about to do another 180 on the Xbox One, this time on its publishing policies. Game Informer reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft will soon announce that developers will be able to release games for the console without a publishing agreement. Under this new setup, developers will be able to set their own pricing and release dates for their games and they will go through a relatively streamlined approval process, where Microsoft will just look for major bugs and service violations.

If true, this would be yet another example of Microsoft listening to their potential Xbox One fan base, as well as game developers, and changing their minds for the betterment of the console, just as they did when it came to the console's controversial DRM policies.

Game Informer's article also claims that Microsoft will allow Xbox One units to be turned basically into hardware dev kits, so that game developers can beta test their titles before they are officially released. 

Source: Game Informer | Image via Microsoft

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Good. Maybe now, probably for sure, XOne will get Abe's New & Tasty. PC first for me but then I'll pad the Gamerscore ;>

MorganX said,
Good. Maybe now, probably for sure, XOne will get Abe's New & Tasty. PC first for me but then I'll pad the Gamerscore ;>

I doubt it, because while they'll let you self publish a game to the store, and apps, if you still want your game to be a Xbox branded one and get support and Live integration then you still need a publisher. It's the same on Windows 8 and WP as well, so it will be the same on the XB1. If you don't want that stuff then just self publish it without it.

PC only then, and maybe PS3 if it has trophies I'm still not sure going next-gen. Just repurchased a PS3 for Last of Us and spent $60 for an adapter to use an Xbox controller with it.

If the XBOne came without a Kinect I'd get one for sure, but I'm just not sure I want to mess around with two pieces.

MS tested waters with shear arrogance thinking whole world revolve around them. They still have lots of arrogance in them as they still trying to arm twist everyone but slowly learning their lessons and making u-turns. With the current management and company's direction, i do not have high hope about the future of company though.

I think their willingness to listen and do 180s, several, should actually "give" you hope about the future of the company.

One of the biggest failing of business' and individuals is the inability to recognize one's mistakes and or weaknesses and rectify them before it's too late. Microsoft's 180s are huge indicators of a corporate culture change, for the better.

Yes, they will allow you to self publish to their app store. CBOAT on NeoGAF just confirmed what I've been saying all along. This isn't a 180, it was their plan all along to have an app store as part of the Xbox One.

Edited by Thief000, Jul 24 2013, 7:54pm :

Yes, games are released in the Windows 8 Store as well and they are basically WinRT apps, this is will be no different. There will be limitations though as the application environment runs within 3GBs of memory, but it will be more than on consoles like the Ouya or the WiiU. It will be a nice all rounder.

Thief000 said,
Yes, games are released in the Windows 8 Store as well and they are basically WinRT apps, this is will be no different. There will be limitations though as the application environment runs within 3GBs of memory, but it will be more than on consoles like the Ouya or the WiiU. It will be a nice all rounder.

Exactly MSFT already hinted at this during Build. There will be a X1 app store that works just like wp8 and win8. That will include indie games.

ryuh3d said,

Exactly MSFT already hinted at this during Build. There will be a X1 app store that works just like wp8 and win8. That will include indie games.

I've been saying the same thing was coming for quite some time, yet we've had a whole fuss over self publishing for no reason.