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Sony wants PS4 to be “easiest, most accessible place” for developers to release games

Friday, 2nd May 2014 15:20 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony developer relations executive Adam Boyes has said he would like PlayStation platforms to be as accessible as possible to developers.

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Speaking in an interview with CVG, Boyes said he would like Sony platforms to be as open as possible to developers, along the lines of Steam and mobile.

“I would like [PlayStation] to be the easiest, most accessible place for anyone that’s making great games to come out, and have their games come to the broadest amount of people,” he said noting that PlayStation 4′s architecture makes porting games easier thanks to it being similar to PC.

“TowerFall alone took about eight weeks to port over,” he said. “Octodad took eight or 10 weeks for them to bring over. So it’s just making it easier for developers.

“For PlayStation it means a rich, diverse breadth of content. From the very top, big Call of Duty and Destiny and Battlefield and Maddens of the world, all the way to Starwhal: Just the Tip or Nidhogg.”

He added that key to the company’s success is its openness and sincerity when engaging with indie developers.

Boyes also added that Sony’s commitment to indies isn’t just “shtick” as the desire to bring games over to Sony platforms “comes from them.”

Sony announced earlier this week that over 100 indie games are on their way to PS4 and Vita.

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11 Comments

  1. Panthro

    Not gunna’ happen.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. RandomTiger

    Its a good goal though

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Dragon

    “Not gunna’ happen.”
    Already happened for some devs releasing games first on PS4.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Hcw87

    Sony needs some big AAA announcements instead of all their indie focus, hopefully we’ll hear more about the Gran Turismo, Uncharted and Quantic Dream franchises at E3.

    MS is most likely going to showcase the next Halo/Forza/Gears, Sony needs something to counter or match that.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Erthazus

    Compared to PC it will never be like that because the console is limited hardware wise and there are still issues with SCE politics but on a console side I think they already achieved that.

    Last bunch of indie games show that. Some of the devs even skip PS3 for PS4 because it is easier to develop for it.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. TheWulf

    Welp, that’s never going to happen.

    On the PC, a developer can release a game on their own website, and sell it through a hundred different storefronts (including the Humble Store, which is very popular). Then they can sell it on GoG, Gamer’s Gate, and Steam. They can release patches for it on the same day they make those patches, they can release expansions as they please, and they don’t have to pay exorbitant royalties (something exclusive to consoles).

    As much as Sony may want that, it’s not going to happen. It’s a hollow statement. It reminds me of how some cities have claimed to be the ‘most accessible in the world’ whilst still having steps and stairs everywhere, and not nearly the amount of ramps found in other places that don’t brag about it.

    It’s nice for publicity, I suppose, but it’s never going to be true. Not that lying has ever been a taboo for console marketing in the past, though, eh Sony?

    The first console you can use Linux on!

    That lasted a long time.

    I trust the console divisions of Sony and Microsoft about as far as I can throw them, and I pity anyone stupid enough to be taken in by this.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. TheWulf

    @4

    It’s interesting that Epic aren’t doing Gears of War for the XBox One, though, isn’t it? I think ever since CliffyB left, they’ve been turning their company around and looking towards new horizons. Time will tell where those are.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. TheWulf

    @3

    Happened with the prior consoles, too, and ultimately those games are never very good. The console manufacturers look out for the ‘wannabe AAA’ games rather than the real gems. So they’re never very good. The rest are either PC first or multi-platform with same-time release dates. Kickstarter has really pushed PC priority to the fore, too.

    A list of indie games isn’t that impressive if they’re all of the ‘wannabe AAA’ category.

    #8 6 months ago
  9. stretch215

    Article about ps4: nothing but pc nerds getting all defensive and shit. You fuckers really need to get out more, instead of tinkering with your “rig” and posting here ALL DAY.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. Panthro

    @stretch215

    Look, you can all fantasize about how magical your potatoes will one day become all you like but everyone else has just as much a right to post here as you, don’t like it? go find a gaming site exclusive for potato users so you don’t have to read clashing opinions to avoid getting upset.

    #10 6 months ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    While i do agree that consoles will never be in this regard as Pc, they can at least try, and even if the never achieve that goal, chances are that improvements will come nontheless. Therefore for console gamers is a good thing and they might be benefit for it, but they have to start with something right.

    #11 6 months ago

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