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Publishers twice as keen on PS4 and Durango than Wii U

According to the Games Connection Publisher Survey 2013, 22% of surveyed publishers plan to release games on the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's new console, but just 11% are interested in releasing games for Wii U.

The Wii U is still doing better than other current generation hardware, though, with only 6% indicating interest in future PS3 and Xbox 360 releases, according to a report on MCV.

As in a recent GDC survey of developers, more publishers (9%) are interested in future Vita releases than 3DS (5%), even though the 3DS has a higher install base. Interest in both PSP and DS is witheringly low at 2%.

Meanwhile, motion controls - the passing generation's great white hope - are right out. 3% of publishers have plans for Kinect and PlayStation Move. The poor old Wii barely gets a look in with 2%.

As well as changing platform interests, the survey showed that publishers are rethinking how they sell their games. 60% said they almost never release physical boxed copies of games. This figure will seem high if you're console -centric; on consoles, 62% of publishers utilised boxed releases.

But elsewhere, 25% of publishers said they only use free-to-play, and 40% said they often use it. 55% have gone right off subscription services.

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Brenna Hillier


Based in Australia and having come from a lengthy career in the Aussie games media, Brenna worked as VG247's remote Deputy Editor for several years, covering news and events from the other side of the planet to the rest of the team. After leaving VG247, Brenna retired from games media and crossed over to development, working as a writer on several video games.