One of the PlayStation 4’s biggest strengths is its independent developer support, specifically the ability to self-publish games on the platform. A report came out in May that said Microsoft won’t support self-publishing, but several Tweets suggest than an announcement at the annual BUILD conference this week will debunk it.
“Heading to San Francisco at the weekend for Build,” The Verge Senior Editor Tom Warren Tweeted, “Mostly to hear about [Windows] 8.1 and the Xbox One apps plan. I’ve heard they’ll be interesting…”
“Some people seem to think Microsoft will announce some self-publishing/indie Xbox One stuff this week at their Build Developer Conference,” Superannuation, Internet sleuth and Kotaku reporter wrote on Twitter.
When asked if Microsoft will start supporting independent developers, Minecraft developer Markus “Notch” Persson wrote, “I know some about this, but I’m not allowed to talk about it.”
Windows 8 apps already supports self-publishing. If Microsoft were to announce the same support for Xbox One apps, it would put the Xbox One closer to even ground with Sony’s PlayStation 4, and it would help satisfy the growing indie community.
Last week, Microsoft made a dramatic shift on its Xbox One digital rights management policies in response to its community.
The BUILD conference takes place in San Francisco, Calif. from June 26 to June 28.