Self-Published Xbox One Titles Have Access to Any Payment Model

Speaking at PAX Prime Chris Charla, portfolio director for digital games at Microsoft has told gaming site Joystiq that the ID@Xbox program will allow all payment models. This means that indie developers are free to make their games as free-to-play with micro-transaction titles or traditional buy for an upfront price title as before.

“On Xbox One, games that come through ID@Xbox are no different than any other game,” Chris Charla said. “They have full Gamerscore, full Achievements, can take advantage of SmartGlass, Kinect – if you can do it with an Xbox One game, you can do it with anything that comes through the ID@Xbox program. That’s like a fundamental tenet of the program.”

Announced at Gamescom, ID@Xbox allows indie developers to self-publish on Xbox One without incurring any fees from Microsoft. Developers with a proven track-record, such as having a game on Microsoft’s platform already, are given priority for registration through the service, though registration will mean that there will be no title update fees or certification requirements.

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