Xbox ONE Supporting Indie Self-Publishing & Retail Console As Dev Kit; Sony Not Worried
July 24, 2013 - It would seem that Sony and Microsoft are both involved in intricate one-upping session. Sony has shown a strong support for Indie developers bringing their games to the PS3, Vita and the upcoming PS4 console. This resulted in Sony announcing that Indie developers can self-publish their titles on Sony platforms.
Weeks ago, Microsoft had the mindset not to allow Indie developers that freedom... until today. Microsoft has now confirmed that Indie developers will be able to self-publish their titles on the Xbox ONE. Not stopping there they also revealed that any retail console will also be able to double as a development kit, which is huge news for the gaming world as previous console dev kits set developers back hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. The ability to buy a console at retail and develop games on it puts Microsoft one step closer to realizing their claim of 400 million consoles sold of the lifetime of the Xbox ONE.
While this should have Sony plenty worried because their dev kits cost roughly $2,500
, it has been revealed that several Indie developers have received their dev kits from Sony free of charge... on a loaner program, which basically equates to a $0 fee.
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