"Sony pleaded with developers", says Takahashi

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”.

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