Development on retail Xbox One units 'a wonderful idea', says Persson

Minecraft creator pleased with Microsoft's indie development policy

Minecraft creator Markus Persson says the ability to use 'any Xbox One' for game development is 'a wonderful idea'.

Speaking with Edge, Persson commented, "I think it's a wonderful idea to have the actual box be the dev kits."


He went on, "This makes it easier for both the developer and for Microsoft, and presumably they could make it a lot cheaper since they'd only sell unlock codes.

"I realize there are other factors at play here, though, like a perceived need to make sure only 'legitimate' developers get access to it, so a monetary barrier might still be in place," noted Persson.

In yet another surprising revision of Xbox One policy, Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will not only allow indie developers to self-publish on Xbox One, but that every Xbox One console can be used for development (although not at launch).

Indie developers have expressed mixed reactions to the news, some optimistic of at least the opportunity to release their creations on the new platform, others cautious of Microsoft's willingness to offer indie titles sufficient exposure on the Xbox Live Marketplace.