Xbox One Seeing Huge Interest From Indie Game Developers

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Game Informer snagged an exclusive interview with Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer.  He talked about their the massive interest they are seeing from Independent Game Developers for their ID@Xbox program.  Spencer has mentioned something that the indie game developer’s would not have access to on the PS4, Windows Azure & Microsoft’s 300,000 servers. 

“Our relationship with the indie development community has always been strong,” Spencer says.  “It doesn’t mean everybody loves us.  But if you look at the flow of content during the 360 generation and some of the indie hits that debuted on console on 360, people were clearly investing in putting their games on our platform.”

“We want to have a platform that all of the great game developers can target.  We have to be able to support that,” Spencer says.  And those creators seem to be responding.  The ID@Xbox program has already proven popular.  “In the first three hours, we had hundreds and hundreds of developers sign up,” Spencer tells us.

“Both Kinect and Cloud as it relates to indie has been really interesting,” Spencer says.  “If you’re a two-person studio, you’re probably not going to invest in a server farm.  You will not know how many to buy or what the scale is going to look like.  It is really hard for those guys.  What we are able to do with Cloud is say, ‘Here are 300,000 servers.  You do not need to tell us what that demand looks like.  You don’t even have to know.’  We will handle the scaling capability on the backend.  That has been one of the more interesting uses.”

Source: Game Informer

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  • Yuan Taizong

    These Indie Developers could fill the Xbox Game Store with many great exclusive titles and these could in the future become the killer apps Windows & Windows Phone needs :-D

  • Emily the Strange

    its easy to know they would get interested if Microsoft opened so much the platform… of course i expect 97% crap games and only 3% being good. I know only first days, weeks, months will be reviewed so dont think many crappy games will be released but when Microsoft opens Xbox one for every game, it will be a mess!.
    so while its not bad Microsoft getting alot of indie devs interested, still it sucks to know most games will not be worthy.

    • Layne-Elda

      Yes, but as arrow2010 pointed out, and if it’s true that Sony has “hundreds of thousands of signed up developers,” how many of those do you think are going to be crap games? I’d say hundreds of talented developers have a better chance of churning out a better average of excellent indie titles, than hundreds of thousands of teens in their basement mixed with a handful of good developers in comparison, whereas a group of hundreds are gonna have more skilled developers on average.

      • JayD

        He is just trying to spread BS. Sony doesn’t have that many… Not even iOS or Android have that many active developers.

      • Emily the Strange

        you can somehow have a reference today with indie games on Xbox. you can see videos about them (like the video i posted in my other reply) where you can clearly see, not many games are worth playing and paying for.

        Microsoft’s plan its to evaluate indie applications first (which is good), but they also said they plan to eventually open it up to all indie devs (like they did with Windows Phone store when it started). but you know, if they open it up so much and get soft about it… and everyone can publish whatever they want, I fear we will see really bad games.

        So I don’t say this is bad to have indie games and self publish and all that, because I have seen really good indie games (or not so crappy, entertaining games, you know)
        But MS said “The team will evaluate each application on a case by case basis. Making a console game isn’t trivial so we want to be sure that they’ll be able to create great content. However, our plan for the program is to eventually open up the platform to all creators. We want Xbox One to be a great place to not only consume content but to also create it.”
        THIS is why I think the way I do, I don’t want MS to get soft evaluating those applications just to open it up to “everyone”
        BUT Lets hope we wont see many crappy indie games, but if there are so many crappy indie games in 360 today, I cant be so positive about it on Xbox One.
        and seeing how many stores work today (where you have to pay to publish there) like: WP, Win8, android iOS, etc etc.. where most apps from their thousands of thousands apps, aren’t worthwhile, I cant have a more positive feeling about indie games if they open the indie project so much.
        But lets wait and see! and pray and hope to the gods, indie games will not be so crap.

    • nickcraze

      Now i can say you are a great troll spilling out “facts” our of your arses.

      • Emily the Strange

        lol please idiot. im not stating anything as facts, im saying what i expect to happen.
        have you played and checked Xbox live indie games?

        its obvious there are and will be good games, but most games wont be good, and if you knew about indie games on 360 you would know, most are just crap released by some “game developers”

      • Emily the Strange

        lol please idiot. im not stating anything as facts, im saying what i expect to happen.
        have you played and checked Xbox live indie games?

        its obvious there are and will be good games, but most games wont be good, and if you knew about indie games on 360 you would know, most are just crap released by some “game developers”

  • arrow2010

    And the Sony indie program has hundreds of THOUSANDS of signed up developers.

    • a7medo778

      loool even andriod dont have that many :P

    • JayD

      And now we know that we can ignore this troll in the future. Just reference this post if you need to dispute his BS.