Microsoft has thoroughly detailed the Xbox One self-publishing program they’ve created for indie developers at their Gamescom conference today. The program is called ID@Xbox and it will grant registered indie developers two free development kits, allowing them to employ the full suite of the console’s capabilities, including Cloud services, Kinect and the Xbox Live toolset. Applications to the program will be accepted from today, August 20th, and those accepted will become registered Xbox One developers, and there is no application fee.
Chris Charla will lead ID@Xbox’s global support team and the Xbox One Store will utilize various features to increase the exposure and discoverability of key indie releases. These include Trending which will highlight indie titles being played by friends, recommendations based on games and genres you’ve played, and an Editor’s Picks section.
I’m excited to see the brilliant indie creations that ID@Xbox will make way for.