On Tuesday, Microsoft announced Independent Developers @ Xbox (ID@Xbox), a program that will allow independent developers not only the ability to publish games for the Xbox One, but to take advantage of capabilities offered to larger developers, including Spotlight, which highlights games; as well as placing them within lists of Trending games and among Recommendations, plus giving them access to social discovery with features like Game DVR and Upload.
"At the end of the day, when you turn on your TV, we want Xbox One to have the broadest and most diverse content possible," Xbox vice president Phil Harrison said in a blog post. "Whether you're in the mood for a big budget shooter, a contemplative side scroller, or something totally different that we can't even imagine yet. The best way to deliver that experience is by doing what we've always done: making life easy for developers, as they do the hard work of creating fantastic game experiences for us all to enjoy."
Sony left the E3 conference sitting comfortably in first place with its PlayStation 4, at least among gamer goodwill. But Microsoft's strategy shifts, plus its impressive list of launch titles, certainly seems to indicate that Microsoft has both the clout and commitment to remain on top.
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