Weeks ahead of gamescom in Europe, Microsoft’s hidden card has apparently been revealed when a publication reported on it today. Game Informer reported that Microsoft is planning on announcing self publishing for indie developers at gamescom.
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Microsoft is under fire again after alleged documents detailing its collaboration with the NSA’s surveillance program surfaced. According to the alleged documents, Microsoft was providing streamlined access to many of its applications such as Skype, Outlook, Hotmail and SkyDrive.
As rumored, Microsoft has confirmed that the company will be going through a reorg via a memo from Steve Ballmer. The memo details a massive restructuring of the company dividing everything into a number of divisions. As a result, it seems that the Xbox division will now be split across two departments.
When Don Mattrick, former Microsoft executive of the company’s entertainment division, resigned from his post months before the launch of the Xbox One, many were shocked. However, rumors around Mattrick’s departure have been swirling months prior to the Xbox One’s reveal.
Shortly after Microsoft’s infamous 180 reversal regarding its controversial DRM policy for the Xbox One, a mysterious source posted a note on Pastebin anonymously detailed the highly touted Xbox One family plan. The shocking note revels that the family plan may have been some sort of timed demo access to other family members instead of granting full access up to nine members.
While after last week’s presser there really hasn’t been any new groundbreaking news released about the Xbox One or also affectionately known as the Xbone. There have been some rumblings here and there about games being region-locked and Rare’s secret new title from its history.
Xbox One privacy concerns by Australian and German officials, patent hints at charge per movie viewer
Microsoft’s Xbox One press conference left everyone with more questions then answers. With what was supposed to be a major console announcement for the company turned into a media circus with several features that have come under scrutiny such as the DRM setup for used games and the always online requirement.
News of Microsoft’s DRM plan to combat used game sales came as a shock that rippled throughout the industry. Reports and rumors of this have been rampant for over a year, but was finally confirmed by Microsoft’s Phil Harrison just this week.
Xbox One: TV integration, the games – Forza 5, Quantum Break, Call of Duty: Ghosts and more – impression
While the first half of Microsoft’s Xbox One conference largely focused on the TV integration into the console similarly to the way Google and Apple TV works, the company did start trickling in some glimpses of games during the end. A new title by Remedy was introduced called Quantum Break along with the next iteration of Forza.
During Microsoft’s press conference today, it was revealed that there would be some sort of mechanism on the disc, where a key for the game will be downloaded to the harddrive along with the title which will tie in with your Xbox One console. As soon as you install a game to your system the mandatory once-a-day online Internet connection will check to make sure you have the key.