“I hope we can keep a lot of open and free platforms around. If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very very bad for Indie games and competition in general.
If we can keep open platforms around, there’s going to be a lot of very interesting games in ten years, mixed in with the huge AAA games that we all love.” -[Notch]
The timing of the Ouya may be perfect, assuming Microsoft doesn’t change plans to fully integrate Xbox with Windows 8. Even if it takes a year after Win 8, launching an open platform like Ouya could really be a coup if gamer and game developer angst is running high.
Developers who write their own code, and don’t look to get approval through the XNA platform have reason to fear the future. Anyone who codes for iOS says “Meh, been there, done that”. Personally I think it’s all noise. Trying to search ‘Windows 8 lock down’ returns so much Persson that it’s hard to find any real details.