Gamescom 2013: Microsoft launches new Xbox One scheme for indie developers

ID@Xbox will offer free developers' kits and documentation to budding game-makers

Microsoft have announced a new scheme for the Xbox One called ID@Xbox (short for Independent Developers @ Xbox One) that will allow “qualified games developers” to self-publish their creations using the Xbox Live platform.

How both the Xbox One and PS4 will engage with indie game developers has been one of the quieter battlegrounds in the console war, though Sony were praised at E3 for being the more open of the two consoles.

Sony’s Pub Fund – a program that helps fund indie developers in exchange for some sort of PlayStation exclusivity – is seen as evidence of their more enlightened approach, though a string of recent announcements from Microsoft (including the launch of ID@Xbox) might be turning the tide.

At the end of July it was announced that each retail copy of the Xbox One will also double up as a developers’ debug unit – allowing game-makers to run unfinished code and tweak their creations. In comparison Sony’s PS4 developer kits costs $2,500, although many developers have reported receiving them for free.

"Our vision is that every person can be a creator,” said Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President at Xbox. “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.”

With the ID@Xbox scheme Whitten seems to have made good on these comments. ID@Xbox offers indie studios the chance to sign up to become a “registered developer” after which Microsoft will send on “the tools you need to create great content on Xbox One”:

“It starts with us providing you two Xbox One development kits, as well as access to a full suite of developer documentation, developer forums, etc.”

However, the scheme’s openness will be completely dependent on the criteria applicants are judged by. Microsoft has said that they are looking for “professional independent game developers who have a proven track record of shipping games on console, PC, mobile, or tablet,” though what exactly a “proven track record” is isn’t clear.

This need for developers to have previous successfully-launched games would certainly block first-timers although Microsoft is also promising a “longer term plan” that will allow “anyone with a retail Xbox One will be able to develop, publish, and sell their game on Xbox Live.” How exactly this might work remains to be seen.

The news is the latest from Gamescom, where Microsoft have released a string of new trailers for games the including the latest title in the Fable series, Fable Legends.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Recruitment Genius: IT Support Engineer - 1st Line

    £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support organisation focuses on ...

    Ashdown Group: IT Support Analyst (Windows, Active Directory) - London £26k

    £26000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Technical Support Analyst / IT Support Analys...

    Ashdown Group: Part time Network Support Analyst / Windows Systems Administrat

    £30 per hour: Ashdown Group: An industry leading and well established business...

    Recruitment Genius: Ruby On Rails Developer

    £45000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

    Day In a Page

    In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

    Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

    Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
    The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

    The young are the new poor

    Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
    Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

    Greens on the march

    ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
    Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

    Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

    Through the stories of his accusers
    Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

    The Meaning of Mongol

    Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
    Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

    Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

    Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
    Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

    The last Christians in Iraq

    After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
    Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

    Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

    Britain braced for Black Friday
    Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

    From America's dad to date-rape drugs

    Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
    Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

    Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

    As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
    Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

    Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

    The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
    Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

    The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

    Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
    Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

    Flogging vlogging

    First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
    Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

    Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

    US channels wage comedy star wars
    When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

    When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

    When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible