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Xbox One: marketplace will not offer 'discrete game channels'

Live Arcade and indie games categories abolished

Xbox One's online marketplace will not file games into discrete categories such as 'Xbox Live Arcade' or 'Indie Games', it has been confirmed.

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Microsoft corporate VP Phil Harrison has confirmed that Xbox Live Arcade and Indie Games categories will not feature in the Xbox One marketplace.

Instead, all games will be listed in a unified games section.

"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," Harrison told Eurogamer.

"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."

Harrison said the lack of a distinction between titles will aid users in discovering independent games.

"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 continued.

The marketplace will retain search, recommendations, and lists based on what a user's friends are playing.

"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," Harrison said.

Xbox Live will receive enhanced cloud functionality, improved matchmaking and new social features when the new Xbox One console arrives "later this year".

Phil Harrison told CVG earlier today that Microsoft's Xbox One pre-owned plans are "consistent with the way the world works."