Microsoft launched its independent developer program for the Xbox One on Tuesday. The program, ID@Xbox, allows independent studios and budding game developers to apply now so they can self-publish their games to the next-gen console.
Initially, Microsoft is only accepting professional independent developers with a proven track record of games into the ID@Xbox program. The program will open up to more developers down the road though and expand fully later on to include everyone that has a retail Xbox that they converted to a development kit.
Microsoft is providing two Xbox One devkits to independent developers that are accepted into the program right now and promises that they will have full access to everything the console has to offer - full support for multiplayer, Game DVR, Kinect, in-game transactions, updates, DLC, SmartGlass, etc.
Independent games for the Xbox One will be treated the same as full retail games on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace according to Microsoft.
"We are committed to making discoverability good for everyone," the company writes on the ID@Xbox site. "There are three places customers will find new games. First is the spotlight which is curated by Xbox. Second is trending, which highlights what’s popular with your friends and the Xbox Live community. And third is recommendations, which is based on what you and your friends like to play"
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