ID@Xbox launch parity issues to be discussed on a case-by-case basis, says Microsoft

Monday, 10th March 2014 10:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft’s ID@Xbox initiative will see indie games brought to the Xbox One platform, but developers opted-in to the scheme have raised concerns regarding a parity clause, which states titles must launch on Xbox One first, or at the same time as other formats. This has proven to be a problem for smaller teams without the manpower or funds to achieve launch parity. Microsoft has now responded to these concerns.

It follows my no-holds barred interview with Ridiculous Fishing developer Rami Ismail of Vlambeer, who told us all about how Microsoft and Sony work with indies, and why the ID@Xbox parity clause is potentially damaging for indies.

Then in February; MouseCraft developer Tomasz Tomaszewski repeated Ismail’s concerns in a new interview, stating that the parity clause is still an issue.

In a statement to Edge, a Microsoft rep said of the parity clause, “Our goal is not to limit developers who are interested in Xbox One. In instances where games have signed a timed exclusive with another platform, we’ll work with them on a case by case basis. We encourage them to get in touch at”

Do you feel this case-by-case method is best, or should the parity clause be done aay with in its entirety? Let us know what you think below.




    Another ploy to control the gaming industry. MS always has to do these underhanded schemes in order to stay somewhat relevant. I wonder what would’ve happened if they did not do this last generation. I thought this”parity” crap was done.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. illuminatusv

    @FATHASUN This is a business for both parties, the indie developer and MS. MS has to cover their bases somehow. If a indie disagree he is free to publish his game on other platforms. If you want to play the game of that developer, go buy that platform instead of a Xbox. MS is not forcing anyone to buy their product. It’s as far as I know the customers choice to do what he wants to do…

    #2 9 months ago
  3. mistermogul

    FFS Microsoft, isn’t it time you got rid of these draconian indie policies?

    It feels like they are being as anti-indie as they were anti-consumer last year…

    #3 9 months ago

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