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Chris Charla on [email protected], Microsoft’s bid to harness the power of indie games on Xbox One

Edge:We speak to the director of Microsoft’s [email protected] program to find out when and how indies can release their games on Xbox One.

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GribbleGrunger1024d ago (Edited 1024d ago )

When MS said that every Xbox One would be a development kit, I wonder if people realized they were just talking about Project Spark? Seems to me they were a tad misleading with their messaging earlier on. Why else were there conversations from media outlets about how this would work and how MS would monitor the content?

"Everyone, whether they’re a new developer or a student or a hobbyist is going to be able to use their Xbox One to create content. Even to people who can’t code at all, or have no interest in learning how to code, they’ll be able to use things like Project Spark to make game experiences."

Very misleading and something that will become a talking point in the future for many websites and forums, in which it will be argued that the PS3 has been a development kit since LBP1 released. I often argued on LBPcentral that MM should advertise the game as a development kit, but I wouldn't go so far as making out the hardware itself was a development kit because of one game.

This is the second verification and the language is already shifting message to something approaching the truth. Glad to see it, but I wonder how many people will remember the initial claim? I do:

"In a statement to Kotaku today confirming news that leaked earlier on Game Informer, Xbox's corporate vice president Marc Whitten said that all Xbox Ones will function as development kits, which are usually only available to licensed developers."

http://kotaku.com/microsoft...

darthv721024d ago

Not disagreeing but: "they’ll be able to use things like Project Spark" implies there could potentially be other options than just Project Spark.

We just need to wait and see.

GribbleGrunger1024d ago (Edited 1024d ago )

Look at the difference between the message now and the message then. They're just talking about Play, Create, share.

Godmars2901024d ago (Edited 1024d ago )

MS making misleading statement? No!

mhunterjr1024d ago (Edited 1024d ago )

@gribblegrunger Man, you totally blew it when it comes to interpreting his comment. There are several interviews where they explain that in the future any console can be used as a full on development kit. The reference to project spark is simply about gamers who don't want to be developers being able to be content creators.

GribbleGrunger1024d ago

We'll see, and I promise you that I will be quite willing and happy to say I was wrong if that's the case.

P0werVR1024d ago

^

Yeah, I kinda get that sense. But either way, if they're talking about the "white box" then that will make some sense.

Just so long as they filter crap out, then we're good. There was just too many terrible and inappropriate games.

GribbleGrunger1024d ago (Edited 1024d ago )

I'm not saying it's a bad thing -- it worked brilliantly with LBP1/LBP2/LBPKarting on the PS3 -- I'm saying it was a misleading message.

P0werVR1024d ago

I agreed with you to that point. But if you're referring to PS3 as a dev kit...your just doing yourself injustice now.

LBP series are just games, nothing more or less than that.

Because I haven't come across anything where Sony ever claimed that PS3 was a dev kit.

GribbleGrunger1024d ago (Edited 1024d ago )

That's the point I'm making lol. It isn't a development kit on the PS3 and nor is it a development kit on the X1. They're just games that allow you to create content and share it. When MS talk about every X1 being a development kit, they're not talking about a firmware update (as some people speculated) they're talking about a game.

P0werVR1024d ago (Edited 1024d ago )

Oh, sorry bout that! lol.

@Godmars290

Funny how you did that right there, lol!

Like a snap feature.

Godmars2901024d ago

"LBP series are just games, nothing more or less than that."

Have you played any of the LBP community levels? there's everything from pinball games to 2D/3D shooters and strategy titles to RPGs and platforms. It one game which can be used to make multiple genres of games. Movies too.

Really don't get how Sony does a thing and its just that thing, ten MS does something similar and yet its a game changer.

GribbleGrunger1024d ago (Edited 1024d ago )

I'm not sure if you're addressing me, but yes, I am aware of the LBP community and what they have accomplished. It took me months and months to put this together:

http://www.lbpcentral.com/f...

I've been astonished at the diversity and skills of the community and having dappled in Boolean logic in an attempt to emulate the greats (and failed) I can't help but feel complete admiration for them. I'm looking forward to MM pushing it to the next level on the PS4, but I'll tell you now: if they get everything handed on a plate like you have in Spark, they'll be pretty annoyed. They love being able to play with the logic and not just mix and max set logical steps.

Enable what you create to work as a standalone game and monetise the system for the best creators, and THEN we can start thinking of it as a development tool :)

Grown Folks Talk1024d ago

Every unit being a dev kit won't be available at launch. Project Spark will be, or at least close to it.