Indie developers upset over new XBL Dashboard interface

Friday, 9th December 2011 15:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A number of independent studios are upset over the revamp of the Xbox Live Dashboard, claiming the new interface has once again “hidden away” the indie marketplace.

According a discussion over on the Microsoft developer forum, as its stands now, it takes around 17 button presses from the home page to access the top indie downloads available.

“Everyone knows the top downloads list is where the good money was made, if you landed high enough you could have sales for a few weeks if not months,” said Neil Jones, Monster Talk creator. “If people can’t get to this list easily then things don’t look good. Even if your game gets top rated it won’t help that much if it takes the user 16 plus button presses to find the indie game top rated list.”

The developers are also concerned over games not being listed under genres other than “indie” and are included in a list with over 2,000 other games.

“This is just a giant F-U to all of us,” lamented a Pouncing Kitten Games developer. “There is simply no other way to put it. Put 2000 plus games in a single list and give less than a half dozen filtering options, not including genre? Good call. Whoever made that decision should be fired immediately.”

Other developers seem pleased with the new interface though, citing its improved rating system and the implementation of an indie games tile.

“Overall I think it’s good – there are much more ways to reach Indie games than before the update, and there are two significant improvements to ratings usability,” commented an Awesome Games developer.

Thanks, Develop.



  1. Quasar

    microshit dont give a shit on indies, so stay on pc

    #1 3 years ago
  2. John117

    @1 Let me write that correctly for ya, it’s “Microsoft”. And no they wont leave Xbox alone seeing as PC to Xbox are so easy to port from that it makes less sense to not do it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. IL DUCE

    Yeah, and if they don’t make crap indie games then they should have no problem having people buy them…the majority of stuff in the indie marketplace doesn’t look interesting whatsoever…maybe Avatar Adventures and FortressCraft (Minecraft clone) are the only one’s that people I know have tried out the past few months

    #3 3 years ago
  4. FeaturePreacher

    The problem isn’t Microsoft. The problem is what inevitably happens when too many people are allowed to make games. 1% are actually good while the rest are crap in an overwhelming morass of titles. Human curation needs to weed out and inform others of the 1% of good indie games.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    A lot of the stuff in the Most Downloaded and Highest Rated pages are of extremely good quality. I’ve found some real gems on there.

    I’m not sure what he means by it being under the genre “indie” though. Maybe that’s an option, but I was able to get to the Indie Games section fairly quickly myself by going to “Games / Marketplace / Game Type / Indie Games”.

    #5 3 years ago

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