Originally Posted by BinaryDemon It is sorta odd that MS requires a publisher, when the big push is to move away from physical media.
My guess is there is some sorta of legal reason why they need one, but I'd like to hear MS explain it.
its not contradictory at all. Not when you look at the big picture.
M$ whole move with windows8 was to lay the foundation for an apple style "walled garden" on the ibm x86 platform. Metro was the first step in their plan to eliminate the desktop and start-menu, and to make all
software to run through a M$ store, so M$ will get a cut of everything ever installed on a windows pc (the coding structure to "deny" non-m$ approved apps/programs was built into windows8, it's just not been implemented yet). Note: 8.1 doesn't give back the start menu, just the start button (which takes you to metro, not a start menu), and it further merges the desktop to metro, makes the desktop more integrated into metro. soon one of the 8.x versions will eliminate the desktop too, and M$ will pull the trigger on their walled garden.
XB1 is a windows 8 platform, furthermore it's already in it's own walled garden because of the nature of the console industry. M$ is simply implementing all the licencing strategies they plan to fully implement for the windows 8 pc, down the road. This is their proof of concept "test" bed for their apple style walled garden. As a result they will require a publisher, because it's easier to work through a handful of big publishers to approve apps/games bulk, with generic one sized fits all profit sharing contracts. It helps simplify the process of getting things approved, and published on their platform, and simplifies the $$ issue.Edited by azanimefan - 6/16/13 at 11:16pm