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On the Xbox One, all games are equal.
Microsoft's Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer spoke with Eurogamer, and clarified a question we had about the distribution of games on Microsoft's newly announced consoles. "In the past we had retail games which came on disc, we had Xbox Live Arcade and we had Indie Games, and they had their own discrete channels or discrete silos. With Xbox One and the new marketplace, they're games," Spencer said, "We don't make a distinction between whether a game is a 50-hour RPG epic or whether it is a puzzle game or whether it is something that fits halfway between the two."
Spencer continued by speaking towards how this new lack of compartmentalization will help independent developers saying, "I think we solve fantastically some of the challenges that independent developers face, particularly around discovery and connecting their game to an audience, by some of the platform features we have in the machine itself."
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Really? Are they jokin?
I do not want them to be lumped together because they are not the same thing. I want independent developers and arcade titles to have a platform that allows content to rise to prominence based on its performance and quality.
"We don't make a distinction between whether a game is a 50-hour RPG epic or whether it is a puzzle game or whether it is something that fits halfway between the two."
A distinction needs to be made because the consumer needs to know what he or she is buying. While not all details are known, I do not see how this benefits the developer or the consumer.
This is bad. Cause I liked that organization. Not all crammed into one category. So many features about the XBOX One i making me pass on it and go to Sony. That is if i ever buy a next gen console. Right now i stay on pc and enjoy my 360 and ps3 if i ever play them again. I haven't booted my consoles up for over a month.
So they're too lazy to organize them.
Sure makes it harder to find anything that way. Does no service for gamers like me who just want to GET to stuff and buy it. I'm sure it's just a move so that you'll spend more time looking at advertisements as you shuffle through more games.
But there is no self publishing so there won't be much to compete with the big retail level games.
I'm going to dust off my failure of an Indie game "Herman" for One. Why the hell not...it'll sit right between Halo and Hitman at the grown up's table. Heh.
well, I dont like this.
This seems sort of lazy, really...
I understand the thinking. And it kind of makes sense. But what if someone just wants to browse indie games?
While I like to see that all games will be considered equal, I feel Xbox One will require a precise set of search tools in order to navigate such a system. It could become an incomprehensible mess without categorization and a great search function for finding particular types of games. Hopefully it works out, I guess we will just have to wait and see.
But I like categorization! What the poop, microsoft?!