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Survey Finds PS4 the Most Attractive Console for European Developers

Posted by Sammy Barker

Sony's system won't be short of support

If you’re worried that the PlayStation 4 may struggle to cultivate a compelling catalogue of content in the months directly following its launch, then you may want to put those concerns out in the cold for the time being. A developer survey has revealed that Sony’s next generation system is more appealing to European developers than the Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U.

Of the 300 outfits polled, approximately 39 per cent showed interest in the PS4. This beat out the so-called Steam Box, which garnered 37 per cent, and the Ouya, which secured 32 per cent. Just 20 per cent of the respondents acknowledged the Xbox One, while even less voted for the Wii U. Fascinatingly, the PlayStation Vita beat out the Nintendo 3DS, too.

The same trend was reflected in the number of developers actually working on the next generation consoles. Around 13 per cent of the surveyed studios said that they are making games for the PS4, while 9 per cent are producing content for the Xbox One, and just 5 per cent are developing projects for the Wii U. In fact, there are more teams working on Sony’s impending console than the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Of course, smartphones, browsers, and PCs ruled the roost, with over 60 per cent of the polled outfits working on mobile platforms. Still, the results bode well for the PS4, and show that Sony’s seriously won over a lot of studios with its aggressive approach to indie development. Until Microsoft steps up to the challenge, expect to see the Japanese giant lead the charge in this area for some time.


User Comments (10)



rjejr said:

I still cant believe the Vita is way above the WiiU. Doesnt bode well for the WiiU at all. (Fortunately Nintendo wont rely heavily on EU game development unless Miyamoto moves there.)



InsertNameHere said:

Hopefully the Vita sees the results of that interest. It would be pretty cool to see a Crysis, or maybe even a Just Cause 2 port.



get2sammyb said:

@TheRealBatman Personally, I think it already is. There's plenty of games coming out on the Vita, but the problem is that they don't match up with the type of games people expected to be playing on the machine. I think it's very much become an indie platform now.



artemisthemp said:

Why is the SteamBox even there?
Consumers know nothing about it expect the asking price should supposedly be $1000 and we all know $1000 = €1000 right.

@TheRealBatman I actually would love to see Castlevania on Vita (to bad it wasn't released around Mirror of Fate time)



get2sammyb said:

@artemisthemp Why is Ouya there? Apparently developers are interested in those machines at the moment... I'm sure that will change - especially in Ouya's case.



Hokage17 said:

From what I've gathered from extenisve research and various reader comments is the only things to like about the Ouya is the cheap price and the emulators. but with everyone already having at least one computer in their home, wouldn't it just be easier to download your own emulators and save yourself a 100 bucks? No offense to early adopters who like the device, but I just don't see the appeal.



Weskerb said:

@get2sammyb I've got high hopes for KillZone Vita. But I would love to see more AAA games and PS3 / Xbox 360 ports come to the Vita. The worrying thing is that it didn't see much of a bump from E3, I thought the PS4 integration might help encourage people to buy one now knowing it will come in handy later. That doesn't seem to have happened.



charlesnarles said:

Kept you waiting, huh? Finally Vita gets attention. It's true, tho; it's not a PSP2 like everyone in America expected. It's like a weird phone with no phone, and it's only getting $5 indie games which nobody wants (it's true.) MH3ds looks awful in 3d mode, so we all still want MH P3rd or more time-appropriately P4th.



mibtar said:

As much as I love my Vita I'm willing to let it take the backseat for now. The focus should be capturing next gen. I'm sure if PS4 becomes successful more devs will start to see game sales potential in the Vita. I'm sure even ports will help sell Vita.

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