After being burned by consumer backlash for their initial announcements about the Xbox One’s DRM policies, Microsoft seems to be going out of their way to make amends with fans. First, they removed some of the more restrictive DRM and now, they have announced that the upcoming console will essentially be a development unit, as it allows indie creators to run WIP code and then publish their creations on the marketplace.
In the past, this kind of functionality is only accessible to developers who buy expensive dev kits from console manufacturers, but now every basement programmer who knows how to code for the console will be able to release games for the Xbox One.
“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. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at Gamescom in August,” says Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten.