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Buser: Sony spent more on first-party than Microsoft and Nintendo combined

Tuesday, 24th January 2012 00:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony Computer Entertainment’s Jack Buser reckons his team has out bowled both major competitors on the first- and third-party fronts, and took a pot shot at Apple on the way.

“We have a 15 year heritage of investing very, very heavily in the PlayStation platform. We have actually invested more in our first-party studios than Nintendo and Microsoft combined,” Buser said, speaking during a panel at CES 2012, as reported by IndustryGamers.

“We have a tremendous catalog of game titles that are second to none out there, and now with PlayStation Suite and PlayStation Network the ability to deliver those experiences across so many devices and even potentially across third-party devices is an incredible competitive advantage.”

The Home director was quick to champion Sony’s relationships with third parties, too.

“The PlayStation philosophy has always been about our third-party partners and our ability as a games industry to raise all boats together as partners. We’re not like some other game platforms that say ‘Hey! Put your game out here on the App Store and maybe you’ll be one of these 10 featured apps if we feel like it right now, and then the rest of you guys can all go out of business.’

“Or some other platform owners who are saying, ‘Look, we’re gonna make all the great games and if you guys can maybe make a great game on our platform, good luck but we’re not going to help you much.’ Or some other guys who say ‘Hey, we hand-picked you and we’re gonna shove a bunch of money in your pocket and the rest of you guys can all dial the 800 number and try to dial through to the front desk.’

“We’re all about our partners, our publishing partners, we always have been. If you talk to any game publisher out there, and you mention the word PlayStation, they are going to be very, very loyal to our brand.”

Thanks, GoNintendo.

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20 Comments

  1. LOLshock94

    and not a single profit was giving

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Sini

    no surprise here, sony first party wipes the floor with other two combined.

    ‘Look, we’re gonna make all the great games and if you guys can maybe make a great game on our platform, good luck but we’re not going to help you much.’ — he means nintendo

    ‘Hey, we hand-picked you and we’re gonna shove a bunch of money in your pocket and the rest of you guys can all dial the 800 number and try to dial through to the front desk.’ — and m$

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Razor

    “Sony spent more on first party than Microsoft and Nintendo combined”

    And look where it got them! Nowhere.

    “and you mention the word PlayStation, they are going to be very, very loyal to our brand.”

    Uh, sure. Good job this guy isn’t a position that matters.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. MegaGeek1

    “And look where it got them! Nowhere.”

    Except it has solidified their reputation as having the most abundant and highest quality exclusives. Not to mention those exclusives ensured the PS3 was given a fighting chance against the 360 and wasn’t whipped out into obscurity. Like it or not, Sony fought hard to stay alive this Gen and alive they stayed.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Razor

    “Not to mention those exclusives ensured the PS3 was given a fighting chance against the 360 and wasn’t whipped out into obscurity”

    The amount of games that fell into that category was two or three: GT5, God of War 3 and Killzone 2, not to mention third party games like MGS4 and (at the time) FFXIII.

    What we’re talking about is Sony’s whole first party line up of studios, which whether you like it or not, is simply not delivering what it needs to make it all worthwhile.

    If the vast majority of Sony’s first party games were colossal hits then all the expenditure would be worthwhile; as it is currently, it’s something cute to boast about, but not much more.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Valkryst12

    @5 I suggest you look at SCE page on wiki … and inform yourself as to the list of first party games/franchises/developers that have flourished under Sony.

    Regardless how you feel … Time after time, the level of quality their exclusives/first party games bring have won GOTY and critical success for over a decade.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Lounds

    Crash Bandicoot was the bollocks!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Razor

    Ok, I’ll just post what I posted before, but with added clarity.

    If the vast majority of Sony’s first party games over the past 10 years were powerful franchises that stormed charts and drove hardware, then all the expenditure would be more meaningful; as it is currently, they make some solid games, keep a lot of people in work, it’s something cute to boast about, but really, it’s not much more than that.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. cRAZYcROgUY

    @Razor go back to your cave and play your kinect games,wave with your arms,waaaaaave…
    Only an idiot would have anything to complain about Sony’s effort in this generation as far as games are in question,they gave us tons of briliant games and gems this generation or at lest they tried:I personaly liked LittleBigPlanet,InFamous,God of war,Killzone,Resistance,Uncharted,to name a few that really matters.And i am one of those who did not forget what Sony have done unlike others who lick Microsoft’s ass just because they have tons of money or whatever.Copycat company with faulty hardware.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. roni1175

    This is the reason why I take my hat off to Sony and why I will stay loyal to them (as long as it doesn’t cost me to much :)

    Comparing Sony’s business model Apple’s is not very clever.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    Razor is pretty much a standard definition of a xbot who trolls on playstation articles. Go home loser.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    I do agree they spent more, but unlike nintendo, they have multiple divisions to support financially the playstation brand, nintendo is only a gaming company, and thats a big difference there,nintedo doesnt have the same income, and also they cannot transfer money from other divisions to gaming, to support looses or to make new invesments like sony, maybe you can compare sony to microsoft in that department, maybe they are on the same level, but not with nintendo.

    Also i believe nintendo first party tittles this gen were the most prolific since the NES days,with the adition of studios like monolith, intelleigent sytems and retro, and also i do feel they are on the same level as sony, and i mean in quality and in variation, as for microsoft their first party and third party games are really strong, especially in the beginning of the gen troughout the middle of the gen, with strong good quality first party tittles, right now they are more focus on kinect, which in my eyes is good i hope they are more games like the gunstringer which in my eyes is a great kinect exclusive, i hope future games on kinect are that worthy, like the new panzer dragon.

    Also i do believe that even though sony this gen has been good on the first party and third party games, i think they didnt manage the same success as with their previous console the PS2, but i think thats for multiple reasons, but is also worth noting, therefore i think nintendo and microsoft surpassed their previous efforst on the past gen, while sony didi decline a little bit.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Joe Musashi

    Flower justifies it all.

    JM

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    Fair play to them. They’ve brought what 6-7 NEW Triple A core titles to this gen? Not sure how many PSN Titles… Though obviously that’s a bad thing right 360 fanboys?

    *reads random kinnect article*

    Oh wait, you guys WANT exclusives? Pfft, your just gonna have to make do with those 30 day release date *exclusives* on dlc ;-)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. speedxl01

    I agree with Buser.

    A lot of people have yet to play those great titles, I think Sony has invested a lot on these Triple A games (I love them), but they did not invest so much in publicity for them (except for U3).

    As for MS, I think they ripping off consumers (and all gaming community) charging for online play, they could offer free online play it’s just that they do not want to, because it’s a lot of extra revenue for them. (screw gamers, they even like it, ha, so they say..)

    Let´s do some math, +10 millions pay for gold sub, at $50 dlls = $500,000,000 dlls (infrastructure costs??, then how does SONY to offer free online ??)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Dude cross game chat costs a fucking fortune!!

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Razor

    “Let´s do some math, +10 millions pay for gold sub, at $50 dlls = $500,000,000 dlls (infrastructure costs??, then how does SONY to offer free online ??)”

    By losing a ton of money.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Yeah giving away free online play AND developing new ip’s? Fucking Sony douches!!

    #18 3 years ago
  19. fearmonkey

    I don’t own a PS3, but I give credit to Sony for having some great first party titles. This could hurt MS and help Sony for the next gen.
    MS has really disappointed with first party, they need more than 4 franchises (Halo, Gears, Forza, and Fable). They were really stupid to let the Fasa franchises go, they should have kept Crimson skies, Mechwarrior, mechassualt, Shadowrun (RPG).

    #19 3 years ago
  20. sg1974

    Spin all you want Razor, it was an absurd comment. Take it on the chin and move on.

    #20 3 years ago

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