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Microsoft reacts to Sony’s lead once more: may allow indies to self-publish games

Microsoft reacts to Sony’s lead once more: may allow indies to self-publish games

Microsoft has been forced to follow Sony's lead once before when the company walked back its unpopular plan for 24 hour software checks, and another change may be coming. According to unnamed sources speaking with Game Informer, Microsoft will begin to allow smaller developers to self-publish their game on Microsoft's next-generation system.

Microsoft had long required developers who released games on Xbox Live to sign with a publisher who also released retail games, a decision that has caused a widening rift between the company and big-name indie developers.

While I have yet to be able to verify many details of this story, the fact that Xbox One consoles will be able to also be used as development kits via a new permissions system is something I had also recently heard from trusted sources, so at least one aspect of the story can be independently verified.

This is good news for just about everyone, and may be more evidence of just how seriously Microsoft is taking the cheaper, indie-friendly PlayStation 4 in the next generation. When companies this big have their hands around each other's throat, the developers and players end up ahead.