Microsoft announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program, once the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One toolset which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well.
After becoming ”registered Xbox One developers,” , developers will be able to do self-publishing of games on Microsoft’s Xbox One. Developer can also take advantage of Xbox Live features like Achievements, Online multiplayer, SmartGlass, Kinect, etc,.
Microsoft portfolio director for digital games Chris Charla when speaking to Joystiq at PAX Prime revealed that ID @ Xbox program will support every other business model that any other Xbox One game will have such as indie games with premium pricing, micro-transactions or free-to-play models
Independent developers are free to utilize “every business model that any other game on Xbox One has.” This means that independent self-published games won’t be restricted to a different price structure than games from mainstream studios, opening up the possibilities for indie games with premium pricing, micro-transactions or free-to-play models.
“They have full Gamerscore, full Achievements, can take advantage of SmartGlass, Kinect – if you can do it with an Xbox One game, you can do it with anything that comes through the ID@Xbox program.”
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