Sony pleads with developers to stick around

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The Sony bigwigs have been in contact with some developers recently to try and convince them not to dump the PS3.

One piece of news that came out this week was that Sony pleaded with third-party developers not to abandon its struggling platform. That change in attitude is a marked difference compared to the arrogance of past years.

While I am very happy to see Sony dropping its corporate arrogance (aside from  Jack) I do wonder how true this rumour actually is. Granted so far the PS3 has tanked and really is struggling in this war, but I cannot see the major developers not developing for the PS3 anytime soon.

However unless the Sony development tools get improved and the user base increased this may become a reality soon enough. What Sony did not realise when Microsoft joined this war is that Microsoft is at heart a software company. Any developer who has used Visual Studio before will tell you that it truly is a feature rich and easy application to develop in. The Sony development tools on the other hand are rumoured to be very difficult to use.

Why would anyone consistently struggle through the development of a PS3 game when no one (relatively) buys them? The 360 is much easier to develop for and has a much larger user base. The 360 also has the greatest game attachment rate which also plays into the books of games developers.

Source: Sony asking developers to stick with PS3 | PS3 News | GamePro.com

Last Updated: October 20, 2007

Gavin Mannion

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