Indie Developers Are Asking For Early Access on Xbox One, Says Microsoft

By Thomas Luke

July 16, 2014

There’s demand for an Early Access system similar to Steam among [email protected] developers, platform holder Chris Charle has said.

Speaking to Develop, Charla noted that while the Xbox One already allows betas, what developers are asking for is something much closer to an evolving product.

Right now on Xbox One and Xbox 360, you can do betas. A lot of games do, and some games do private betas. When we talk about early access, it typically means a game that you buy and it evolves over time to become 1.0, so you’re buying it before it’s 1.0 – Minecraft on PC is a perfect example.

The important thing, he said, is to steer clear of the issues that Steam’s Early Access has, with many cash grab titles that may never be finished.

There’s a lot of heavy deep thinkers, experts, PhDs working on these problems at Xbox every day – not just for the Xbox store, but for Windows Store and Windows Phone. Our goal is to have a rational marketplace, where good games are visible and sell well.

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