The now world famous indie developer behind Mojang, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, has sang his praises for Microsoft’s recent announcement that every user would be able to use their Xbox One as a development kit, should they so wish.
Notch called the move a “wonderful idea”, and this kind of support from such revered developers is what the upcoming console needs if Microsoft want to win the upcoming console war.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea to have the actual box be the dev kits,”
Putting power in the hands of the user is the kind of direction that many gamers have wanted the major console developers to lean toward for some time now. Moves such as enforced DRM, daily online check-ins, and restricting used games have all made gamers feel like they’re being looked over by the bigger developers, and that seems odd considering that gamers make up 100% of their target audience.
“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.”
Notch’s support will help to solidify Microsoft’s position, now that they’ve backtracked on their original, more oppressive plans for the console. And it’s not just Notch who is getting behind the Xbox One. Many other indie developers are happy to see that development kits are going to be much easier to get their hands on, and therefore they can work on making more games for the console.