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PS Plus is strong platform for introducing indies to new audiences, says House

Tuesday, 17th December 2013 15:53 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation Plus is a useful tool in connecting indie developers with new players, according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House.

It follows earlier comments from PlayStation’s US boss Jack Tretton, during which he said he feels heartbroken every time a consumer wants to buy a PS4, but ultimately has to be turned away as there’s no stock left.

Speaking with CVG, House said, “With PlayStation Plus, we’ve almost stumbled upon a great way to connect independent games developers with an audience.

“From what independent developers tell me, the mobile space is an increasing struggle for those looking to find an audience, so we have the opportunity to give two things to independent games developers.

“One is an opportunity to stretch their legs creatively, with differentiated interfaces and a big-screen experience. And the second thing is to connect them with an audience.”

It stands to reason that being featured in the Instant Game Collection – a batch of rotating free titles offered to PS Plus subscribers – could boost the visibility of indie teams and their output. PS4 launched with two such titles on the PS Plus slate, namely Resogun and Contrast. Would these games have been enjoyed by so many players without this exposure?

That’s certainly up for review, suggests House, “Via PlayStation Plus, the Instant Game Collection experience has taken off, because people have that joy of discovering those new, quirky experiences that maybe they wouldn’t have come across. That’s a very strong area of emphasis for us.”

House does have a strong point regarding mobile however. The influx of self-published titles in that space is making it harder for indies to stand out among the pack of clones and juggernauts like Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds.

Could the same happen to PSN over time if now that Sony’s doors to entry have become stripped back to the frame and welcome mat?

Discuss below.

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8 Comments

  1. Lv01

    could the same happen to PSN as the mobile space, now that Sony have opened its doors? maybe on the PSN in general, but House is only talking about PS+ and the IGC. that will never become as clogged as the mobile space, because, as noted, the IGC is rotated.

    and so i agree, PS+ is the PERFECT place for indies.
    would i have ever played New Little King’s Story on the Vita if it wasnt included on PS+ a few months back? probably not. PS+ has done exactly as stated, opened me up to those ‘quirky experiences’ that i otherwise would not have come across.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Delsin Row

    please someone help me.please
    maybe you could help me dave
    i live in iran and finally get my ps4 yesterday.but i cant sign-in to my psn.sometimes i can but since yesterday i couldnt sign in to ps store.i wanna buy ps plus membershit but it doesnt sign in to ps store
    this is what i get.this erorr
    (wv-33910-6)
    please help me

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @2 The server was probably down. That’s what the code apparently means. Just try again later.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Delsin Row

    dude most of our people are having this problem

    #4 9 months ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

    @4, Yeah which you would if the server was down or intermittent :).

    It’ll get sorted, just be patient.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Delsin Row

    again
    thank you so much guys

    #6 9 months ago
  7. jmg24bad

    This is right though. Plenty of games I would never have played when released on PS+ get my attention towards that publishers other games.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. bugmenot

    Spread the Word

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/130641-Xbox-One-DRM-Crashes-Killer-Instinct-Tournament

    #8 9 months ago

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