http://www.computerandvideogames.comMicrosoft's next-gen silence at this week's Game Developers Conference has been dismissed as "more perception than reality," by Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein.
PlayStation 4 has been an ever-present discussion point at the San Francisco event, with Sony publicly fostering developer relations and even showcasing controllers at its booth.
However, Rein said that assumptions Microsoft didn't have a private presence at the conference "isn't true," and that on the public side it's simply a case of one platform holder having announced their new console and the other not.
"I think that's more perception than reality," Rein said of Microsoft's suggested absence from GDC.
"Microsoft has always been very developer centric with all of their platforms and that Sony is embracing that approach is wonderful. But I don't think it diminishes what Microsoft is doing.
"I don't think with developer relations anyone is trying to be public, it's just you're at GDC and Sony has the hardware to talk about, and Microsoft hasn't talked about it publicly yet. So I think it's just the difference between someone who can say the name of their console and someone who can't."
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03-30-2013 #4Flaw3d GeniusGuest
Far too much common sense for that to make sense to alot of people.
Well, in all honesty, the news has been filled with indie developers backing away from MS or stating they have no communication with MS. Also, to counterpoint this, I would add that Mark Rein is not only a part of a large developer house but also develops middleware. He would be one of the first people to be approached about a system. I always respect Rein and I don't think he would ever ever purposefully BS about anything. I just think that the "ground picture" looks a little bit different than what the big fish are seeing. I could be wrong, though.
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All the craziness over the ps4, now the shoe is on the other foot
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As for devs backing away.? If they aren't in it for the money then I can see some doing so. But as the Xbox 720 console numbers grow, I can't see many devs leaving that money on the table. I've had bad bosses in life, but not so bad that I was willing to walk away from the paycheck he was giving me.
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