Make Xbox 360 games, for a price

posted by Jeff | Monday, August 14, 2006, 10:39 AM | comments: 3

One of the reasons that Microsoft has been able to break into the video game business is because they've done a good job sleeping with developers. Not literally of course, but they've gone out of their way to help dev shops make the most of the hardware and get their stuff out there. That's why there are so many great games out there.

So now they've announced a development tool for the masses so anyone can develop for the console. This is a fabulous idea... except for the price. Why would you do something so brilliant to foster indie-style software development and then charge them for it.

Come on guys... the Xbox group is the one part of the company that gets it. Don't do something stupid like this.


Comments

Onceler, August 14, 2006, 5:25 PM #

I was thinking the same thing. This is something I would love to try out and what not... but not if I have to pay for it.

Jeff, August 14, 2006, 6:40 PM #

Someone on my tech blog made the interesting point that the fee would probably filter out some of the crap, and he has a point there.

Onceler, August 16, 2006, 3:03 PM #

After I wrote the above comment, I was thinking the same thing. Charge a low fee that is high enough to keep only those who are comitted and want this to go through with it. Probably also trying to keep out anybody who might be trying to hack into it.


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