Xbox One ID@Xbox Parity Clause to Remain, “Winners in This are Game Players” – Phil Harrison

Xbox VP says Microsoft is working “super hard” to bring the biggest, best games to the console.

Posted By | On 01st, Apr. 2014 Under News


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Microsoft’s ID@Xbox indie development program for the Xbox One may be a vast improvement over the company’s initial stance – which represented a big middle finger to self publishing – but the company has come under fire from indie devs for its launch parity clause in the same.

Xbox vice president Phil Harrison spoke about the same to EDGE stating that, “Taking aside competitive positioning and all of that, the winners in all of this are game players. There are more games coming out for these platforms, there are more developers creating for these platforms, there are more fresh minds coming into our industry than any time in recent memory. And that’s so, so important to the future of our industry.”

Could the parity clause be removed in the near future? “It’s difficult to debate these kind of commercial relationships in a media interview so you’ll forgive me for not going into the details. What I would say is that everybody in our program, whether it’s a developer or people on the platform side working with Chris [Charla, ID@Xbox boss] is committed to making sure the best games are on Xbox One.

“That’s our job, basically, if you boil it all down to the essence of what a game platform is, it’s to make sure that the biggest, best, most exciting, most creative games are on your platform and we are working super hard to make that happen.”

Do you think the parity clause should be repealed in the coming months? Let us know in the comments.


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  • me personally if you wanna play with the big dogs, then you have to play like a big dog.

    • Xtreme Derp

      MS can’t bully developers around, they’re in the minority market position now.

  • Cigi

    Sony has a clause that if the game is not launched at the same time, it should have extra content – wtf. is the difference.

    • d0x360

      There is no difference but remember Microsoft is suddenly and somehow evil! We must ignore any flaw with Sony and rip apart Microsoft! To war!!

    • Xtreme Derp

      Dumb as bricks Microsoft fanboys believing falsehoods to fuel their delusions.

    • Xtreme Derp

      Wrong. That no longer exists. Of course, it’s the natural state of a Microsoft fanboy to be constantly WRONG.

      https://twitter.com/amboyes/status/443892294056304640/photo/1

    • Cigi

      I think it is clear who is the biggest fanboy here. And you ate also wrong.

    • Xtreme Derp

      I just proved you wrong like a typical Microsoft fanboy, now you act like a 2 year old and say “no u”. Child.

  • You are flat out wrong

    Oh, Harrison. Messed up at Sony, messed up at MS.

    • Xtreme Derp

      “the winners in all of this are game players, on every platform but Xbox due to our exclusivity clause keeping games off of it”

  • Psionicinversion

    this is gonna beat Sony eve with there 1000 delayed titles pile of rubbish Sony ponies and there epic fail smartphone in a box

    • Xtreme Derp

      lol

  • d0x360

    I understand the clause. Obviously if a big title is coming or one that might be big they don’t want to wait 4 months while its ported so they stipulate it has to release at the same time. The problem is a lot of indies don’t have those resources so they take the path of least resistance. Microsoft should probably ditch the clause. As a platform owner (ms) it makes sense from their perspective but to gamers it’s stupid cause we just want games. I own both consoles so I’d buy it on ps4 if it released there first and likewise for an Xbox version and that is their main issue. They want to make money. They get a cut of all sales like Sony and valve. If they lose 30% + of potential sales because it launched a couple weeks earlier on another platform its pretty obvious why they would want to prevent that.

    • Xtreme Derp

      Yet another 180 to add to the pile.

  • You are flat out wrong

    I wonder what the defenders of the policy will say when MS inevitably drops it? Or will they just stay quiet like when MS dropped disc-based DRM and always-online?


 

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