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* I've heard that Xbox one architechture will be based around windows OS> this leads me to believe that console makers have abandoned custom hardware configurations that neglect Indie game developers and now, the new architecture based on windows will expand their reach into untapped markets, that usually only allow big names to make games.

This means that X-box one could be gearing up for a fierce battle with other game providers, one being Steam, since its game developers don't need custom hardware keys or whatever to make them for steam> Unusually game developers are now more confident in producing games for the market because game creation techniques have improved, and no longer require a large team of developers to create the game. ..
Edited by Gamedaz - 7/2/13 at 10:19am
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both the xbox and the playstation 4 have gone with x86 for this generation.
consoles and pcs will be extremely similar.
if you watched the e3 presentations, sony put a lot of effort into boosting their indie developer presence showcasing a few of their new game studios partnering with them (octodad is coming to playstation)

playstation is much more humble this time around, where xbox seems to be riding the money train to nowhere.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/06/28/e3-2013-indie-awards-round-up/
http://bgr.com/2013/06/17/microsoft-xbox-one-indie-games-policy-criticism/
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Uh...you know, the Xbox 360 was apparently using a halfway-modified version of Windows 2003 Server Edition. There was just no point completely designing an operating system from scratch for the consoles. It's mostly just convenience for the developers to all be able to know exactly what hardware the gamers will have.

There were also reports that the Xbox One demos were running on Windows 7 PCs. Honestly, as a software developer, that sounds perfectly understandable to me. Where do you think these developers start off? Soldering some hardware together to try stuff? They more than likely start out with standard PCs and then think "Okay, how much of this hardware can we compact, standardize, improve upon, and mass-produce?"
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