Microsoft has softened its position on enforcing the controversial parity clause in its agreement with independent developers who join the ID@Xbox program for Xbox One. Normally the clause in ID@Xbox program agreement requires independent developers interested in self-publishing on Xbox One to release their games on Microsoft's console or at the same time as it does on other platforms like the PS4.
Developers who might have already signed a deal with Sony for a timed exclusive on PS4 would have a hard time being able to adhere to the parity clause. But a Microsoft spokesperson has told Edge that the company may be willing to overlook the clause in certain circumstances, on a case-by-case basis.
"Our goal is not to limit developers who are interested in Xbox One. In instances where games have signed a timed exclusive with another platform, we'll work with them on a case by case basis. We encourage them to get in touch at email@example.com."
Last month Microsoft revealed 65 of the more than 200 independent developers that had signed on with ID@Xbox. The first wave of games are expected to roll out later this month – likely during the Game Developers Conference later this month.