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Yoshida says the PS4 will be more open to indie development than PS3 was

Thursday, 21st February 2013 23:03 GMT By Phil Owen

Last night, Sony’s Mark Cerny used the phrase “most open console” to describe the PlayStation 4, and Gamasutra sat down with SCE Worldwide president Shuhei Yoshida to ask him exactly what that means.


Specifically, he was asked if they are trying to make the PS4 a more accessible platform for the indie scene. And he said this:

We believe in smaller developers. They are very creative and they go out of the norm to do something really amazing. So we really want to make it easier for them to come to our platform and publish. And we know there are many things we can do, in talking with these guys and asking what they want us to do. And one effort we’ve been doing in that context is the PS Mobile platform. That doesn’t even require the purchase of a dev kit. It’s totally software driven, and they can develop games… on PC, for example. And once you decide to publish it, you want to test it on the final hardware, but you don’t have to acquire a pricey dev kit.

The approach to PS4 we’re internally working on is, I hope to see somewhere in-between the current model that we have on PS3 and the PS Mobile totally software-driven model. We could continue and go and expand the PS Mobile approach, but the beauty of developing games on console is we allow the developers to go really deep into the hardware, and to unlock the potential. And so in order for us to do that, the developer has to have the dev kit to work on. So at least initially, we have to provide the dev kit to make games on PS4.

We all thoroughly enjoy the PC indie scene, so if they can get more of those folks into console development, more power to them.

There is much, much more to Gamasutra’s talk with Yoshida. I dare say it is an enthralling read, in fact. You should go look at it.

Thanks, SplatteredHouse.

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8 Comments

  1. salarta

    I just now thought that this may be in part a result of Ouya’s Kickstarter funding success. The strong desire for getting traditionally mobile games onto a big screen, with mobile games typically being indie creations, may have been a hint to Sony that they need to be more open for indie developers to put stuff out on their consoles.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SoloLSE

    I want to be a games programmer, so i hope they do bring some sort of software/hardware out that isnt too pricy that would let me be able to develop PS4 games without to much trouble, i mean i still need to learn how to code first, but still the idea is nice xD

    #2 2 years ago
  3. RandomTiger

    “but the beauty of developing games on console is we allow the developers to go really deep into the hardware, and to unlock the potential. And so in order for us to do that, the developer has to have the dev kit to work on”

    Oh come on, you dont need deep access to the hardware if you are making FTL. Let us make unity games on the PS4 and you will instantly have a healthy indie dev scene.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. manamana

    Good to see a big console manufacturer taking more care of smaller studios. I wonder what Microsofts answer will be. And, uh, Nintendo’s.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Joe Musashi

    @4 Nintendo already do what #3 is suggesting. If you’re licensed to developed for Wii U then Nintendo provide you with a Unity licence as standard. Gamasutra article.

    No doubt the cost of next-gen game development will rise – if only to meet the higher expectations of the consumers. Keeping channels open to indie development is good news.

    JM

    #5 2 years ago
  6. RandomTiger

    @5 That’s not good enough. “If you’re licensed to developed for Wii U”. Thats the problem right there. Anyone should be able to self publish on this next gen of consoles.

    This just looks like business as usual with some more high level tools.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Joe Musashi

    @6 Consoles are closed platforms. This is the nature of the beast. If you want to develop on an open platform it would make sense to select an open platform rather than a closed one.

    JM

    #7 2 years ago
  8. RandomTiger

    @7 Its only the nature of the beast because that’s what has come before, have some vision and imagine what opening up could do for them.

    #8 2 years ago

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