ID@Xbox boss Chris Charla told Develop that developers have been requesting an Early Access option. Charla said, “It's something developers have been asking for, and we are listening really closely to developers.”
He added that it is something that Microsoft has been considering. “It's a really interesting issue with digital marketplaces, and it's something our store and marketplace team think about all the time,” he said. However, for the time being, the company doesn’t have any news on the subject.
Just last week, SCEA's head of developer relations Adam Boyes said that Sony was considering implementing an Early Access initiative on PlayStation.
Early Access enables players to purchase a title that is in development, funding the progress of the game and allowing them to provide feedback to developers regarding gameplay, features, and issues. They also get access to new versions, including the eventual full release, as they are released.
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