March 14th, 2013, 23:42 Posted By: wraggster
A wave of positivity remains after SCE promised PS4 would be open to small studios
A number of developers have stepped forward to state their optimism about the PlayStation 4's support for indies.
Speaking to Develop individuals from companies as diverse as Gearbox and nDreams have expressed hope and positivity that, in contrast to previous sony consoles, the PS4 will be accessible and affordable for indies. Their views appear to reflect comments made to Develop by Sony Worldwide Studios SVP Michael Denny, who insisted indies are set to be core to the PS4.
"The PS4 looks like a much more practical option for indie devs than past Sony consoles," offered Mode 7 joint MD Paul Taylor (pictured). "I really appreciate what they've done in terms of its architecture. Also, there are loads of ways for players to share content, which helps out teams with smaller marketing budgets."
"[What] excites me about Sony's approach is their eagerness to embrace cross platform gaming, cloud gaming, 'games as a service', indie digital-only publishers and free-to-play gaming," added nDreams CEO Patrick O'Luanaigh. "Their willingness to push into these areas will mean lots of innovative new IPs and new types of game arriving on the PlayStation Network, whether that's Vita, PS4 or some other PlayStation device."
Elsewhere Gearbox Software FX artist Nick Peterson speculated that a platform similar to Microsoft's XNA may be delivered by Sony.
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