Xbox One – New Certification Process, Indie Self Publishing is Back?

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Sources close to GameInformer have leaked that Microsoft will do another U-Turn and allow independent developers to publish via digital distribution without a publishing partner. Additionally, Microsoft is said to be drastically overhauling its certification process. By using a certification model similar to iTunes they will be targeting a 14-day turnaround for all approvals by dropping an extensive code check process (current), and will instead opt for terms of service violations and significant bugs only.

Apparently (not yet confirmed) every retail Xbox One console can be converted to a debug console. Microsoft can authorize a console ID at the flick of a switch to play pre-release code which is great news for reviewers or indie developers who can (we assume if true) sign an NDA and terms of use agreement to allow review code on any old blu-ray disc!

We’ll report more information if and when Microsoft confirm the news.

Source: G.I