"Sony pleaded with developers", says Takahashi
- Posted October 22nd, 2007 at 08:31 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 33 Comments
Dean Takahashi, of Mercury News fame, has gone on record to suggest that Sony Corp. has “pleaded” with third party developers to ensure that support for the its PlayStation 3 console remains strong despite slow sales.
“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”, said Takahashi, in wake of the NPD’s latest hardware sales figures.
“The argument is that the PS3 will show its strength as developers learn how to make games for it.
He also pointed out that developers realise they are able to staff as many as up to four or five Wii projects with the same number of people it takes to produce just one game for PS3.
“We may have a glut of Wii games soon, but that’s not as bad as not having enough games on the PS3”, he added.
Rounding off his comments, Takahashi stated that he expects Sony to be beaten out by competing machines from Microsoft and Nintendo during the upcoming retail battle this holiday season.
“Sony managed to crack the top ten finally with a PS3 title, Heavenly Sword. But beyond Ratchet & Clank, it’s unclear what is going to be a big seller for the company this season”.
- 3:41am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
Sony just needs to keep on refining Playstation Edge and maybe others will grasp it. It's foolish to think that the PS3 will always be the difficult platform considering the PS2 was just like that back in '01. Like the article implies the PS3 is just in a shortage of really good games. I'm a firm believer that the PS3 has more future-proof potential than both the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii and games that break technological grounds like Killzone 2 are paving the way for a true next-gen experience.
- 3:42am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
"it’s unclear what is going to be a big seller for the company this season” well, that may be true, but GTA IV it right around the corner. Nuff said.
- 3:59am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
what about Uncharted? its going to be a big seller!!
true that this season isnt that big but wait until early 08 for the big games to come out and wipe the competition
- 4:02am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
I hope no developers give up on the PS3 because its good to have a choice of consoles to own, and if the PS3 "failed" (but with MGS4, FFXIII, and Killzone i don't see that happening) personaly i would have to start gaming on my PC cause i wouldn't buy a 360 cause i ain't paying for live and i think the wii is a piece of cheap tat, and is way to casual imo.
- 4:05am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
Playstation has always been a difficult platform to make games for, it's just the way it always been and I don't think Sony will change that...although the downside is that programmers doesn't have an easy time learning their new machine and the true potential is only fully discovered after 3-5 years time! Patience is becoming short, but it must also be understood that for developers...time is money...that they don't have! I sympathies with the developers and Sony, but those who wait will triumph and be remembered and cherished for creating something memorable (games)!
- 4:09am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
why people dont make sences of their minds.don't you see that sony always get victories in ALL THAT IS CALL TECHNOLOGY.hdtv,walkman,dvd players,radios,ps 1,ps 2,blank dvd's,dvd recorders,and yet they still having unbiliving minds of SONY technology.MAN IT'S SONY.SONY IS THAT,SONY.
- 4:13am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
psn id: gingo.... uncharted, ut3 if it comes out, haze, i can name a few other than rachet and clank so this guy clearly knows nothing
- 4:39am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
Sounds like the usual bad press to me. Anyone gonna take it seriously?
- 4:45am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
"Mircosoft pleaded with Takahashi," says Loserkid. That's what I see. Nonsense crap.
- 4:57am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
Once the big hits like Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, Eye of Judgment, Tekken 6, Final Fantasy XIII, and Metal Gear Solid 4 get released, other devs will fall into line and realize the potential
- 5:57am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
In contrast to what has been said, the developers have more or less a waning decision on undertaking a PS3 game. It really shows people's true color to stick it out an make fantastic games instead of takng essentially the easy route with developing other titles on the wii for example.
But of course resources an manpower are always looked into and its important to not that the PS3 does take a lot to develop but the rewards can be just as good if done right. :)
- 6:01am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
sounds like some 3rd party devs are just lazy and crying the PS3 is too hard boohoo, i thought they were called developers cos they develop ideas into playable games etc? i thought that was their job to learn how a new machine works, this is real next gen they should of expected it to take time and effort to make high quality games, not just naff ports, it just sounds like lazyness.
- 6:19am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
Arent Rock Band and GHIII coming up at the holiday season?? lol, this guy cleary doesn't know anything about gaming
- 7:40am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
So what is this supposed to make us laugh at Sony for begging??? This isnt begging, they are pleading with the companies to stop being retarded lazy buttmonkeys!!!
- 7:59am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
"He also pointed out that developers realise they are able to staff as many as up to four or five Wii projects with the same number of people it takes to produce just one game for PS3. "
well that just goes to show that nintendo only care about productivity and not the quality of the outcome - at least we know that that one PS3 game will most likely be better than all those Wii games, because PS3 is all about quality not quantity!
- 8:02am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
Here is what I worry about, The corporate scene has long been a bunch of sniveling bottom liners that care little about what people want. They are only concerened about what makes them the most money in the shortest time. Its sad really as it doesnt seam to be a competition of making the best game anymore, its all about selling the most.....Halo 3 anyone. That said, devs could make a ton of games for the Wii thinking that its the best choice, whn in reality the games they are making are going to be crap as they are on basicly a GC with motion remote. Sad, so Sad.
- 8:04am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
WOW, these people are hilarious!!!!! Ya, because I would rather buy an Xbox 360 only to stare at the space it used to sit while I send it back to them to fix it. Oh it may be covered for 3 years now, but that doesn't mean the peice of C**P won't die every few months. Or I could buy the biggest gimick of all time the good old Nintendo game cube, oh I mean Wii. : )
- 8:47am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
One thing I learned from College (computer science major) was that programers have very BIG egos. So I doubt there are developers just giving up. It is going to take alittle while to comprehend the limits of the PS3, but they will get ahold of it very soon and then we will all be staring back at this and laughing.
- 9:37am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
Surely its more awarding to create an epic AAA tilte on the PS3 than easily make a not so AAA title on 360?
- 10:16am EDT - October 22nd, 2007
PS3 needs to try and survive through this holiday season and hope MGS wont go to 360. Also hope gears of war 2 wont kill them. Right now the PS3 is sucking the dust from behind Microsoft. Halo 3 has single handedly ruined the PS3 for this year. You cant deny that either, if you do, your in denial.
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