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Sony Studios Challenged To Create Titles For PS4, PS3, Vita

When you've got three major platforms all begging for big-time content, that must inevitably put some strain on your internal studios, right?

Almost every time you turn around, you see another developer hiring for next-generation projects, and it's obvious that Sony's teams are likely pushing forward with new stuff for the upcoming PlayStation 4. But at the same time, they have to continue to focus on the current platforms (PS3 and Vita).

In speaking to CVG, PlayStation UK Managing Director Fergal Gara says Sony will continue to support the PS3 for at least several more years, as he says the machine "hasn't peaked yet" in Europe. But with the possibility of Microsoft launching their new console first (again), Gara says Sony may be involved in a race, and this affects time and resources.

"We do have a challenge to manage that, particularly in terms of dev studio resources. The more platforms you have, and the amount of rich content you have to deliver on all the systems you are supporting, clearly puts pressure on decisions made across the studio network, which is something we are battling with."

It can't be easy to try to juggle so many platforms, especially when you have to gauge the priority levels for each. Right now, it'd be interesting to assess the priorities...should they be focusing heavily on the PS4, even if that means sacrificing a little for the PS3 and Vita?

Tags: sony, ps4, playstation 4, next generation, next gen consoles, ps3, playstation 3

10/9/2012 9:40:26 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

Mr_Sterg
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 @ 10:19:17 PM
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Hard call. Either have another launch with a poor initial lineup (PS3) and keep pumping out good quality stuff for PS4 + Vita. Or let the PS3 slowly die down like the wii and start focusing efforts on PS4 + Vita. I doubt they will have a solid lineup across the board but keeping my fingers crossed!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 @ 11:01:05 PM
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Good luck to 'em. That's a lot to have on your plate when you know darn well all the critics will only be paying attention to PS4.

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daus26
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 12:41:50 AM
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Yeah, I can't imagine the pressure of having to support three different devices, knkowing there are only so much resources and developers out there.

But you know, if the PS4 and PS3 are similar in architecture... devs may have an easier time in providing cross gen support.. e.g. making NBA 2K14 for both the PS3 and PS4. My assumption is that work (codings) on the PS3/PS4 version will easily carry over to each other if the cell is kept intact.

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firesoul453
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 1:28:45 AM
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This is probably why they've made a lot of cross play games (ps3 and psvita version)

but man its a hard decision.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 3:11:21 AM
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They seem to have found a pretty good balance thus far, with PS3 development seemingly winding down as their mainline developers migrate over to PS4/Vita projects. They seem to be going to second/third parties for the continuation of the PS3: SuperBot/Quantic Dream, for examples.

As long as they handle PS4/Vita better than they did PS3/PSP, things should be good, but with their dedicated portable studios seeming to have a good turnover, I'm happy about things from where I stand at the moment.

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___________
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 5:07:54 AM
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id say they already are sacrificing the ps3.
this is the first year they really have not released a single exclusive im interested in!
one of the reasons why im so convinced will be seeing ps4 next gen, simply because of the lack of ps3 exclusives for this year.
$ony really should of brought GOW ascension forward to november.
it looks just about finished from what i played over the weekend and that was the E3 build imagine what its at by now!
they REALLY need something that appeals to their core fanbase, and really they have nothing this holidays.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 5:59:52 AM
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I say the bulk of Sony's studio resources have to go into backing the PS4 very soon. This gen is almost over and no amount studio resources will change its outcome. Where those resources could have their impact felt the most is shaping out the way next gen will play out. No doubt many of you remember the PS3's slow start and the claims that the system had no games early. Games drive sustained hardware sales and the PS4 is going to need them.

This will be the first time Sony goes into a new console cycle without having the advantage of riding out the momentum of being the dominant system the previous generation so Sony's first party exclusives will be more important than ever. I think most of Sony's efforts should be used getting them back on top or at least more competitive in the console market next gen. The gaming media and gamers' attention will soon be focused on next gen and the PS4 anyways so that's where Sony's attention should be moving as well. In fact Sony needs to be well out ahead of this curve.

The Vita needs help because it is not selling but it can't be done at the PS4's expense. The consensus seems to be that the handheld market is shrinking so it's just not a smart strategic play to pull resources from a booming console market and place them into a shrinking handheld market.

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Mr_Sterg
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 2:38:04 PM

Yea I agree. I think that would be the best path!

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 6:31:04 AM
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I don't foresee any real problems with it, but Sony should push more on all the develpers to get a lot more Vita titles out.

And I'm sure the PS3/PS4 era will start out the same way as the PS2/PS3 era did with some of the same new games at the same time, but being made for both gen systems.

I remember seeing some early PS3 games that also came out with a separate PS2 version too.

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Ludakriss
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 6:34:14 AM
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I'm pretty sure the answer's right there. Choose.

Literally does not matter. It's like a choice of "the best out of the worst bunch" you know?

Think about it. Vita - just came out, needs much juice, for even with all the content provided to date, gamer ain't happy.

PS3 - might as well leave that poor bastard alone. It seems the whole shooter thing is just eating everyone's brain apart. "Oh but what about Beyond & Last of Us" Yeah, when they come they come but it's all stale. Survival this, zombie apocalypse that.

PS4 - if ya don't wanna end up with Haze, Darkness & other non memorable shooters in the market. Perhaps it would be best to invest in the future.

It's all that everyone cares about as of late anyway O_O

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Lord carlos
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 8:22:18 AM

Back in your cave or under your bridge! troll

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 8:52:30 AM

haha, poor ludakris. I assume some user got deleted and Carlos' post got pushed up? lol

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 10:21:55 AM

..but who pays more to play shooters online? The Xbox 360's players.

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Ludakriss
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 6:33:05 AM

I am completely confused. Bridge? Troll? What in the fuck?

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BikerSaint
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 10:44:13 AM

(As Sly & the family Stone sing in the background)...
"Different strokes for different folks"

HEY, I happened to like Haze & The Darkness.

As Sly & the family Stone sing..."Different strokes for different folks"

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Ludakriss
Friday, October 12, 2012 @ 5:18:24 AM

Biker Saint, you're right.

Only reason to ever comment is to give your 2 cents. Gave mine, got dissed by an internet person.

Never had that before. Quite infuriating, really.

I like your profile pic. Peace.

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Lord carlos
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 8:29:36 AM
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As long as i get to play The last guardian on PS3 i'm cool
Sony owns some of the best dev studios in the business so i'm not worried about their diligence.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 8:59:30 AM
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In my opinion it's easy: Focus on the PS4, that's where the future lies.

Don't burn too much on the Vita, and the PS3 needs no help to stay afloat, it has more than enough awesome games coming up from 3rd party developers to keep going.

So focus on the PS4 now, Sony. Make it start off with a bang and never look back.


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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 10:14:03 AM

This probably makes the most sense. Perhaps not completely dropping the PS3 support, but definitely more than 50% effort on the PS4.

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telly
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 10:53:02 AM
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Keeping some support going for PS3 is fine, but not at the expense of PS4 development. Microsoft (in America, anyway) crushed Sony in the early days because Sony just didn't have their s**t together. The PS3's launch software was just not nearly enough to justify the price tag,the online was terrible, etc. And look at how much Sony righted the ship -- by most standards, PS3 is the superior system now. But enough people had already made their homes in the 360 camp, and weren't interested in switching.

Sony paid dearly for the poor PS3 launch. I really hope they don't make the same mistake with PS4.

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