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Submitted by StillGray 265d ago | opinion piece

Microsoft’s (Reluctant) Changes to Xbox One Could Save It

GameFront: "By now, you’ve heard that Microsoft has relented on the absurd prohibition against Indie developers who lack a major publisher. After a growing number of complaints about the restriction that led more than one high profile indie developer to angrily denounce Xbox One (never mind constantly looking bad compared to Sony, its chief console rival), the company has finally seen reason. Xbox One will be a home for indie developers after all." (Microsoft, Xbox One)

GameCents  +   265d ago
I love the changes. I also love the tears from the n4g experts here. Bitter, but delicious.
JokesOnYou  +   265d ago
Whats funny is articles like this implying X1 was somehow dead in the water before these changes are just not accurate based on E3 games alone X1 pre orders were on a steady incline on Amazon and everywhere else, despite the talk, I remember the Amazon articles and Greenberg saying that as much on twitter right after E3. X1 was going to sellout regardless of these changes, hell this indie support is the only change that I see is a major positive and I don't play a lot of indie games on my console. Still its great for indies and want-to-be-devs.
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kalkano  +   264d ago
If what you say were true, Microsoft wouldn't have changed anything.
JokesOnYou  +   264d ago
How so? It's possible they knew they could sell the console under either strategy but the first wasn't worth the bad PR and likely would have killed some sales longterm. That's far from NEEDS SAVING for a console that's NOT EVEN LAUNCHED. So the point I tried to make was I could understand if he made this same assumption with news of early terrible sales data to back it up but to make such an assumption given the most important measurement of success for any new piece of hardware is usually sales, and with X1 in the top 5 on Amazon, and selling out at many well known stores at the time, his assumption just doesn't hold water.
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kalkano  +   264d ago
"selling out" is subjective. If I sell 1 of something and it's the only one, it's sold out. X1 was getting stomped by PS4. It still is, but nowhere near as bad as it was, before they made some changes.
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JokesOnYou  +   264d ago
Now we agree, "selling out" is definitely subjective with that knowledge show me your data for the exact allocations at each store chain so instead of me taking your word that they were getting stomped by ps4, Id like to see those #s for myself. Of course you can't and I dont mean to sound like a smart ass but your post on confirms that all we know is X1 were selling out or headed to that direction at store chains, (ps4 was already sold out) how many we don't know but obviously micro knew their own manufacturing/allocations numbers and with the info leaked that they are double the 360 preorders logic suggests it was alot more than 1, meaning again they were selling every console they could make prior to any reversal, thus making the authors headline very premature.
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No_Limit  +   265d ago
Loving these changes. But more importantly, these changes will benefit gamers the most. Gotta love competition.

There is also a rumor going on that the original family share plan with up to 10 people will return with digital game purchase. We will find out more at Gamescon.
TheSauce  +   265d ago
There was a rumor on neogaf that ms was going to return being able to sell your digital games online. That sound pretty cool.
Galletto3  +   265d ago
Its great that the X1 can actually handle all these changes as a system, but Microsoft has to get their act together to be honest.

Separate the machine from the company for a moment and you realize that Microsoft isn't sure what to focus on with it, despite all its capabilites. Sure it can do X, Y, and Z, but Microsoft approaches it like this:

"The X1 can do X!"
(A few months and upset gamers later) "And Y!"
"Did we mention that it can also do Z?"

Its just sloppy from such a big company. I'll admit its hard to please gamers when our wants are so diverse, and our expectations are through the roof, but they should be unified on their approach to this console.
keabrown79  +   265d ago
Didn't know that it needed saving... ya know considering it's not even out yet.
Dlacy13g  +   265d ago
Its an exciting time in the industry for sure. MS whether you hate them or love them have been so entertaining to watch. The entire history of the Xbox One so far is like a crazy 'gaming' version of Inception. I hope to God someone writes a book on this time period in MS and the Xbox team.

More importantly the direction of Microsoft is one on the right course. Yes they stumbled badly out of the gates... but they have shown an ability to change course quickly in a way we have never seen before from a company their size on a product not released yet. It truly is amazing to watch them right now.
SynestheticRoar  +   264d ago
Free LIVE would be awesome. Game changer.
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XboxFun  +   264d ago
They could definitely one up Sony if they did this. unfortunately that will never happen.

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