Yoshida: Third-Party Developers Will Favor PS3 In 2009
According to a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida believes third-party development "will favor the PS3" in 2009.
Yoshida did admit the system's launch year was a bit of a disappointment because those developers had to first build their game on the Xbox 360 and then port it over to the PS3. This is still happening, but thankfully, we're finally getting to the point where third-party devs are now kicking off their projects on Sony's console. Yoshida believes the developers "massively underestimated the effort" required to restructure a game for the PS3 after first producing it for the 360, thereby resulting in those crappy ports we're all trying to forget. But as he says, those days should be behind us now and third-party developers are "now coming to terms with the PS3." Yoshida concluded with the following:
"That re-architecture only needs to happen once, and once you pass that, you have the foundation ready. Moving forward I'm totally confident that developers will start to use more from the PlayStation 3 platform. This year is the year of parity, next year is the year of differentiation in favour of the PS3 platform."
Essentially, this means he expects to see identical (or at least similar) multiplatform titles this year, with the PS3 versions beginning to pull ahead next year. Given the greater potential of the PS3, owners of Sony's next-gen console have been patiently waiting for this...
6/16/2008 Ben Dutka