When Microsoft first announced the Xbox One, their position on independent games was that developers must secure a publishing deal with either Microsoft Games Studios or a third-party publisher to get their game on the system. Microsoft did also point out that they would be paying close attention to developers reactions and noted that this policy "could change in the future". It now seems that Microsoft has had that change of heart, and has decided that independent developers will now be able to self-publish their games on Xbox One.
Marc Witten, Corporate Vice President for Xbox, had this to say:
Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at Gamescom in August.
As Marc Witten stated, more details will be coming at Gamescom next month, and we will be sure to bring you those details as soon as they emerge.