ID@Xbox: “we’re going to see some amazing stuff,” says XBLA boss

By Dave Cook, Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:11 GMT

Xbox One’s new indie scheme ID@Xbox will give independent creators scope to come up with new, exciting innovations using Microsoft’s next-gen tech. That’s the view of Xbox Live Arcade boss Chris Charla, who wants to see how indie teams use the company’s hardware.

Last month, Charla pronounced Minecraft a “system-seller” and championed the presence of indies within the Xbox One ecosystem. Check out what he said here.

Now, in an interview with OXM, Charla has elaborated on his excitement in bringing new talent to Xbox One via ID@Xbox.

He told the site, “We’re super-excited to see what the developers bring. One thing I can say, having worked with indie developers for three years at Microsoft Studios, and having worked as an independent myself for 10 years before that, is that we can guarantee that we’ll see things that we can’t conceive of right now.”

On Microsoft’s aim to constantly improve Xbox One performance over the cloud, and how the technology could be used in new ways by smaller teams, Charla continued, “I’m super-excited about that, and I think players should be super-excited about that – this is something for the entire industry to be excited about. Offering this additional way onto the platform is going to result in a ton more great content for players, and what developers do with Kinect is going to be fascinating.

“I’m really excited to see what independent devs do with the trigger motors in the new controller. I think there are things we think are going to be used one way – like, the triggers make gas pedals feel amazing in Forza, but I just know there’s an indie out there that’s going to see that technology, and come up with a totally different way of looking at it, and all of a sudden there’s going to be a completely different kind of game. vIt gives me goosebumps to think about it. I think we’re going to see some amazing stuff.”

What do you think of the above? Could it take some unbridled, intelligent indies to truly show us big, innovative leaps on Xbox One? Let us know below.

Xbox One will launch November 22 across select territories.

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