ID@XBOX Not a Reaction to PS4 Indies Says Microsoft

Microsoft claims they were into helping indies before it was cool.

Microsoft wants everyone to know it always planned to help bring more indie developers to Xbox One, even if it looks like a reaction to Sony’s indie push. Xbox indie developer liaison Chris Charla says the ID@XBOX program, which will provide Unity development tools to indie developers making Xbox One games and allow Microsoft to activate any Xbox One as a debug console “goes all the way back to Xbox One’s architecture.”

“We’ve been planning this for a long time,” Charla told MCV. “You can see where this started with 360’s indie titles. We haven’t even released a system yet, so I’d say it’s not a late announcement, it’s quite a timely one.”

First announced at Gamescom, it’s easy to see ID@XBOX as a reaction Sony’s aggressive pursuit to bring indie developers to PS4. Despite what fans and pundits may think, Charla insists that an indie-friendly Xbox One was always part of the plan.

“There has certainly been system sellers that have been indie games – Minecraft is a system seller,” Charla explained. “Independent developers are hugely important for the entire industry ecosystem. I am massively excited by titles such as Titanfall and Halo. But I am equally excited when I see games like Papers Please, or Gone Home.”

“Games can be hugely diverse. When you turn on your Xbox One, you see the broadest, most diverse spectrum of entertainment.”

Source: MCV

Recommended Videos

The Escapist is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Pokemon GO Announces Name & Dates for Next Season
Pokemon GO Shared Skies Season promo featuring several legendary pokemon and an ultra wormhole
Read Article Pokemon GO Fans React to Subtle Avatar Design Changes
Image showing before and after of Pokemon GO avatar hips
Read Article Wuthering Waves PSA: Don’t Miss Out on These Extra Premium Tuners in the Store
Related Content
Read Article Pokemon GO Announces Name & Dates for Next Season
Pokemon GO Shared Skies Season promo featuring several legendary pokemon and an ultra wormhole
Read Article Pokemon GO Fans React to Subtle Avatar Design Changes
Image showing before and after of Pokemon GO avatar hips
Read Article Wuthering Waves PSA: Don’t Miss Out on These Extra Premium Tuners in the Store