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How Microsoft plans to make the Xbox One the go-to platform for indie developers

Published Aug 20th, 2013 8:00PM EDT
Microsoft Xbox One Indie Developers

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has very strong feelings about developers so it’s no surprise that the company is placing an emphasis on drawing more independent developers to its Xbox One gaming console. Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its new ID@Xbox program that aims to let “qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One.” Developers interested in publishing games on the new console simply have to sign up to become registered developers and then Microsoft will give them access to the Xbox One development kits. Microsoft says that it’s looking for game companies “with a proven track record” of shipping games for PCs, consoles and mobile devices for the early phase of the program, although it will open up to lesser known developers once it gets a strong stable of games published.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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