Minecraft Creator Shows Xbox One Some Love
Markus “Notch” Persson is best described as outspoken, often a bit too outspoken. That said, he has strong opinions and it’s not often we hear him praise something so imagine my surprise upon reading that he heaped praise on Microsoft for their decision to make it such that any Xbox One can be sued for game development.
Speaking with Edge, Persson commented, “I think it’s a wonderful idea to have the actual box be the dev kits.”
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He went on, “This makes it easier for both the developer and for Microsoft, and presumably they could make it a lot cheaper since they’d only sell unlock codes.
“I realize there are other factors at play here, though, like a perceived need to make sure only ‘legitimate’ developers get access to it, so a monetary barrier might still be in place,” noted Persson.
The news of any retail Xbox One being usable for game development came with the announcement of Microsoft’s decision to bring self-publishing to Xbox, this goes for Xbox 360 as well.
Whether or not retail consoles will have the level of debugging and developer features that many developers would require remains to be seen but the fact that you can purchase your Xbox One for $500 and create games for it from your living room is something rather special. Especially when you consider that a dev kit for PS4 costs somewhere in the region of $2500 and that’s for anybody who is interested in developing on the console.