No separation for Live Arcade, Indie and Retail games on Xbox One

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013 07:12 GMT By Naren Hooson

Microsoft’s Studios corporate vice president Phil Harrison has stated that there will be no separation between game distribution channels with Xbox One.

Talking to Eurogamer, via Game Informer, he clarified, “In the past we had retail games which came on disc, we had Xbox Live Arcade and we had Indie Games, and they had their own discrete channels or discrete silos. With Xbox One and the new marketplace, they’re games. We don’t make a distinction between whether a game is a 50-hour RPG epic or whether it is a puzzle game or whether it is something that fits halfway between the two.

“Search, recommendation, what your friends are playing, game DVR – these all go to helping you discover the games you want to play, so I think we solve fantastically some of the challenges that independent developers face, particularly around discovery and connecting their game to an audience, by some of the platform features we have in the machine itself,” Harrison added.

“We don’t give up the ability to put a spotlight on the products that we think are going to be exciting to our user base, but in addition to that, what your friends are playing, what other people think is hot in your area, your country, your continent, will propagate up the most interesting and exciting games.”

For the full interview and more details (that he’s allowed to talk about before E3), go here.



  1. Phoenixblight

    All those “channels” were awful on the 360 and good luck for a indie dev to make a profit with the XBLIG. Indies games get shuffled and put to the bottom so easily with how it is now and so what does MS to resolve this issue for Xbox One. “We just take all these separate channels and mash them all together to make one uber channel of every game” Really who in the hell is running MS anymore? Its like they are seeing how far up their own ass they can go.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. redwood

    Indies is the one thing they entirely missed out during the reveal. :( which just plain sucks!!! i was hoping a new initiative for them to counter what sony is doing.. Also indies are going to have a major impact come this new gen, ’cause a very few companies can keep up with the high cost of AAA game dev (which IMO are mostly stupid, who in the hell wants to know if they scanned the dog :\ there are artists out there who can make realistic models of dogs but they have to go and do it this way..useless waste of money)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. melonbuster1

    I don’t game on a budget. So independent games DON’T appeal to me. They to be cheap. If i want that I will use my ipad or phone. . To play crappy games while I’m waiting inline somewhere. . Give me big budget games.. fuck independent games if sony makes you feel good because they want trash in the box so be it. Its just something to say really

    #3 2 years ago
  4. redwood

    so the next time you see another COD or BF.. don’t complain, also Journey was a low cost indie.. ( though not nearly as cheap as other indies).. point being their are far better designers in the indie scene simple because of less “large budget” constraints..

    #4 2 years ago

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