Microsoft: Xbox One will include small game and app teams

One of the biggest concerns about Microsoft's Xbox One since the console was announced on Tuesday was the lack of information about supporting independent game developers. So far Microsoft has been silent about these plans, saying only that it won't use the Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox Live Indie Games branding for the Xbox One.

Today, Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, Microsoft's Director of Programming for Xbox Live, participated in an online text chat with Yahoo centering on the Xbox One. As posted on the Major Nelson site, Hryb was asked what Microsoft was going to do "to welcome smaller, independent developers to the Xbox One." Hryb's response was ... interesting:

We're working on a plan for (sic). Xbox One is a platform that allows all creators, including those who work on games and apps, regardless of team size, funding, biz model, etc. to be a part of the future of Xbox One.

The statement is curious in two ways. One is that Microsoft does have a plan in the works to support small development teams but the fact that they are not revealing any more than that at this stage may show that the details are still in flux. The other interesting thing is that Hryb stated the Xbox One would welcome teams that worked on both games and apps, which suggests that mobile app teams could also submit their software to work on the console.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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The fact they're getting rid of the XBLA and IG sections and lumping it all into one store, not to mention tossing in a running Windows 8 OS VM on the side for apps would suggest to me that we're going to see apps as well as what used to be IG but all together in one place.

I'm surprised no one mentioned the notification tile in the XB1 UI screenshots. Doesn't that by itself suggest also that we're in for more apps than what MS has right now?

That should be obvious. They don't just use the Windows kernel for fun. The Xbox will become another app platform for all kinds of developers.

MikeInBA said,
I expected this, and was shocked when the opposite was implied earlier in the week.

Ditto. I think people have leapt on a few words from earlier and twisted them. MS will make this more clear as time goes on.

notchinese said,
Well, they have Build in late June I fully expect these details to be unveiled then.

Agreed. Hopefully by then they'll understand what the system is going to be doing...