Report: Microsoft opening up Xbox One to self-publishing

Microsoft will take a less restrictive, more iTunes App Store-like approach to publishing games on Xbox One, according to a report from Game Informer, eliminating traditional software certification methods and title update costs.

Developers will reportedly have the option to set their own pricing and release dates, and approvals on software are expected to see a 14-day turnaround. Xbox One retail units can reportedly serve as debug kits, making distribution of development hardware easier than in the previous generation.

In April, Microsoft dropped title update fees for Xbox Live Arcade games on Xbox 360. "We're constantly evaluating our policies and implementing feedback," Microsoft said of the change, adding, "this is just one of many ongoing changes and improvements we've made to ensure Xbox is the best place possible for developers and gamers."

News about Microsoft's plans for self-publishing on Xbox One appears to conflict with earlier messaging from the company, which indicated that software approvals and publishing would follow the model established on Xbox 360.

Update: Microsoft confirmed with Polygon it plans to bring self-publishing to Xbox One and that "every Xbox One can be used for development." Additional details are promised for this year's Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany.

More from Polygon

Enemy Starfighter: Homeworld from inside a fighter

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay trailer

  • Diablo 3 - Xbox One vs. PC comparison

  • Hearthstone - Military Quarter gameplay video

  • Elite: Dangerous Overview video

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker