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    Sony open to letting indie devs charge for early access to PS4 games


    Sony open to letting indie devs charge for early access to PS4 games
    By Jeff Blagdon on March 26


    Sony is open to the idea of letting indie developers charge for early access to unfinished PlayStation 4 games, reports Joystiq. According to Sony America’s VP of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes, the company would "absolutely support" buy-in alphas, so long as they don’t "have any bugs that are completely destroying the world," adding that the same model could also be applied to PlayStation 3 and Vita development. Competitor Valve recently announced plans to offer a similar service through its Steam distribution platform under the name Early Access.

    "Sony is trying hard to appeal to the community"

    Indie developer support will be a key differentiator in the next generation of consoles, as incumbents like Sony and Microsoft hope to lure talented developers away from lucrative mobile platforms. To that end, Sony is trying hard to appeal to the community, pledging that its new console will be easier to develop for than the existing PlayStation 3. Speaking to gamasutra, Boyes explained that Sony would also be streamlining the development process for its new console, scrapping the time-consuming greenlighting process. The company had also announced it will get rid of costly patch fees for updating games that are already in distribution.

    So far, a number of prominent independent developers have announced plans to develop for the platform — Braid creator Jonathan Blow showed off his new game, The Witness at Sony’s keynote last month, and a number of ports of existing indie games have already been announced, including Primal Carnage, Sportsfriends, and Divekick.

    Source - http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/26/41...s-to-ps4-games
    Sony see Steam
    Sony do Steam

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    Sony and indie, it seems like the indie's are in for a perfect treat on the PS4

    well done SONY
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    PS4 is Steambox.

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    I would completely love it if they copied Steam because that's the only reason I would ever go back on PC.

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    They just need to copy Steam a little more like have game gifting and pre-loading of digital games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HellsJester View Post
    They just need to copy Steam a little more like have game gifting and pre-loading of digital games.
    Yea a guy mentioned about gifting but didn't they confirm the pre-loading of digital games?

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    Wow,no patch fees! Sony is kicking so much ass next gen lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickice View Post
    PS4 is Steambox.
    You'll never get Steam sale prices though. Never heard of getting GTA 4 with ALL DLCs included for $8 total on PlayStation.

    Will the real Steambox.. please stand up, please stand up, please stand up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    Yea a guy mentioned about gifting but didn't they confirm the pre-loading of digital games?
    Neither are confirmed right now. I asked Savage360 to ask Sony that while he was at GDC and he said he would try if he gets the chance. We may not get this kinda info until E3 or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HellsJester View Post
    Neither are confirmed right now. I asked Savage360 to ask Sony that while he was at GDC and he said he would try if he gets the chance. We may not get this kinda info until E3 or later.
    Wait, are you talking about something specific? I guess I'm not following correctly. Do you mean just indie games being pre-loaded? Because I could've sworn they specifically talked a good deal about pre-loading games from the store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    Wait, are you talking about something specific? I guess I'm not following correctly. Do you mean just indie games being pre-loaded? Because I could've sworn they specifically talked a good deal about pre-loading games from the store.
    Pre-Loading is when you buy a digital game before the game release and a few days before its release you are allowed to download and install the game but not have access to it until the game releases. Its so you can start playing the second it releases and dont have to waste playing time getting it on your platform.
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    The article is a little wrong. It said Steam PLANS to offer Early Access. It's been out a bit already. Arma 3 Alpha released March 5th for $32.99 on Steam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HellsJester View Post
    Pre-Loading is when you buy a digital game before the game release and a few days before its release you are allowed to download and install the game but not have access to it until the game releases. Its so you can start playing the second it releases and dont have to waste playing time getting it on your platform.
    Ah I see, thanks for the clarification. I misunderstood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    Wait, are you talking about something specific? I guess I'm not following correctly. Do you mean just indie games being pre-loaded? Because I could've sworn they specifically talked a good deal about pre-loading games from the store.
    You're probably thinking about the ability to download and play at the same time.

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    Sounds good to me. I love this format on steam.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitbydeath View Post
    You're probably thinking about the ability to download and play at the same time.
    Yup.

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    It keeps getting better and better. imo I think sony hit a homerun with this.
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    That would be cool if sony has it own steam service

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolguy View Post
    That would be cool if sony has it own steam service
    One can only hope. I think they could try with indie games but probably more difficult with bigger games.

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    Sony is making it real hard not to be a fanboy right now. They really are making all the right moves.

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    That was scary lol

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