Microsoft Allows Self-Publishing On Xbox One

Microsoft announced that Xbox One developers will be able to self-publish their games directly and that they will be able to develop and test their Xbox One games using the retail console.

This is a radical change from Xbox 360 publishing rules which prevented developers from bringing their games to the console without going through a publisher. Additionally, Xbox 360 games can be developed and tested only using an expensive development kit that is sold to approved studios only.

"Our vision is that every person can be a creator," said Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten. "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."

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