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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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That's like mixing the Wu Tang Clan with Heaven Shall Burn. They're not the same thing!
I don't have a problem with XBLA games and retail games being indistinguishable (it was going to happen eventually) but indie games can be hit-and-miss. How good will it look when a bunch of low-budget, unpolished games are lumped in with the rest of them?
I guess it could work, but... we'll see.
So "The war of the end of days" is equal to Halo 4?
so does this mean indie games will be 60$?
Why are people acting like there won't be some sort of search/organization system system?
Do you really think they're dumb enough to throw all the games into a single marketplace and not give you options for searching genres, price, a-z, popularity, release date, etc.
I see this causing problems for indie developers. I think that they'd see much less advertising space, and diminished sales this way. Also, I hope they make it easier for indie games to be added to their store; based on what I've read, it was hell on the 360.
my OCD wants them separated.. They are obviously going to have a filter, so why not just have them separated into sub-categories?
Well, that's alright I guess.
If I was an indie developer I'd be slightly concerned by this. There's a strong chance that future indie games that aren't well promoted by either microsoft or the developer themselves could be tossed to the waist side like many of the PSN's "minis" are because of their awful advertisement. If this ends up becoming a jumbled mess where players are having to search and search through hundreds of games to find some interesting looking indie, then I could see a lot of people giving the PS4 a chance, especially if Sony keeps their word about heavily focusing on developers: indie and mainstream.
Wouldn't this make it harder for people to find indie or arcade games in the marketplace if their not in their own section?
Whats this talk of games!? Its a TV box.
If they actually wanted to make it easier for indie devs, they would change their oppressive pricing structure. That's what keeps most indie devs off, not the way they show up. This seems like it will bury them even more in the shuffle, and MS stated that they are NOT changing their requirements for indie devs. Why have a separate section for something MS doesn't even want to support in the first place?
i hate microsoft right now