Microsoft has confirmed that it will allow indie developers to self-publish their titles on the Xbox One and in even better news for smaller devs, every Xbox One retail unit will double as a dev kit.
The latter part of this news is quite significant as dev kits generally cost a lot of cash to get hold of. By allowing retail kits to become developer friendly, this should see a lot more developers get on board.
Mark Whitten had this to say in a statement accompanying the news, “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at gamescom in August.”