Thursday, July 20, 2006

Developers Shifting From PS3 to Wii and X360

An article over at game daily stated that there is a possibility that Sony might be in some deep trouble. They are reporting that developers are starting to shift projects from their console over to the Wii and 360. There have been many rumors suggesting this thing for a long time and wouldn't be surprised. Here's some of what he said: The biggest problem would appear to be the pricing for the system. Even the lower priced $500 SKU is expensive, and $600 seems ridiculous to most. Ever since Sony revealed this pricing strategy at this year's E3, the company has been put on the defensive, arguing that it's a "computer" and that with the inclusion of a high-def Blu-ray player it's really a "bargain." According to a BusinessWeek Online report, some developers are actually steering resources away from the PS3 in favor of the more affordable Wii from Nintendo and even the Xbox 360. Hirokazu Hamamura, president of publisher and game industry researcher Enterbrain, believes that Sony's next-gen console might not be a smash hit the way previous PlayStation systems have been. "Many developers think the console's initial high price will lead to slow sales and are holding off on creating games for Sony," Hamamura explained. "At its autumn games preview on July 13, for instance, traditional Sony ally Electronic Arts spent far more time showing off innovative Nintendo games than it did titles for the PS3," emphasized BusinessWeek. "EA announced six Nintendo Wii launch titles and showed long working demos for two of those. But it offered only a short clip of a car-racing game for PS3. EA says it's still testing the potential of the PS3." He also states in the report that if Sony wants to be successful that he, analsysts, and devs agree that the price would most definelty have to come down for it to start being sucessful. The problem I see is that to make a game on the PS3 it's expensive for one to just get the dev kits which are insane. Secondly not everytime is a AAA game going to be made so if you make a game that just isn't good and fails then you'll lose a lot more money on the PS3 then if you had done that same game on the other 2. This is turning away a lot of small and medium size developers who just can't take these enormouse lossess of just one game. And even the bigger companies don't want to put as much of their quantity on the system for the severe problem of having 1 good game out of 10. This is turning companies down ranging from EA to Nibris. Big or small takinc chances is a really big thing. But devs are saying why not take a chance on the Wii where you can create a new original and unique game that costs so much less of the price. If it's not a big hit at least your not losing millions if you would have done that same game on the PS3. Same goes for the X360. You can do big projects that pushes graphics and power for a lot less than the exact same game if you did on the PS3. So if this continues to go on then you could see the PS3 not have to many games aside from companies like EA and Ubisoft. But I feel that the PS3 just may have made too much of a critical mistake. And he is right. No console has won 3 years in a row. I think the we will have a major shift in powers this next generation. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=13291 Zucas

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

EA has more planned for PS3 than Wii.

7/20/2006 07:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EA has more planned for PS3 than Wii.

7/20/2006 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger SUPRAMAN84 said...

Who are you anonymous?

7/21/2006 11:03:00 AM  

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