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Sony's PS4 Indie Launch Parity Clause Is More Parody

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Microsoft’s holding a gun to the heads of indie developers, forcing them to deploy their wares on the Xbox One at the same time as other systems or forget releasing them on the format at all. This means that smaller studios without the bandwidth to produce multiple versions of their titles at once may be forced to launch on the PlayStation 4 at a later date – a bullying tactic which has rightfully drawn plenty of bad press over the past few weeks.

Sony could counter with a similar clause, of course, but that would undermine all of the great work that it’s done in the smaller studio space to date. Instead, publisher and developer relations executive Adam Boyes has opted to respond with a little parody, revealing the Japanese giant’s own release stipulations. It may be a little less accessible than the manufacturer’s hilarious used games trailer, but it’s still pretty funny, huh?


User Comments (18)



get2sammyb said:

@rjejr We probably won't hear anything for a while, honestly. I'm sure they'll get a bump, though. That quote sounds like it's calculated based on a long period of time, rather than a release day bump. Also, while I'm aware of the source, the day we all start citing NeoGAF posts will be a very dark one indeed!

The bundle's done alright here on Amazon in the UK, but it's constantly been stuck behind the PS4 - which isn't getting new stock until 25th March. I thought the reviews would move the needle a bit, but it seems Sony's still in control if it can get enough darn stock!



Gamer83 said:


If developers are going to cave to the tactic then you can't blame MS. Jerk move? Yeah, I completely agree, but it's also smart.

Also, I don't think we'll know what Titanfall did for X1 until we see some NPD numbers, but I expect it'll give it a huge sales surge.



rjejr said:

@Gamer83 @get2sammyb - Thanks guys. I know I saw some huge number for midnight store openings but that doesn't necessarily equate to sales, though I'm sure a few FPS fans waited before buying X1. Guess the next few weeks will be interesting.



N711 said:

I love this kind of mockery of M$ arrogance I think PS4 gets new stock on 21st with infamous bundle




I'm sure Titanfall will provide a massive boost. It's the only XB1 game I'm even slightly interested in. That said, there's a fair amount of sites throwing around terms like 'reinvented the fps' and the like... For me, it very much seems like they've nicked most of their ideas from Unreal Tournament. Double jump/vertical gameplay, speed, Titans-all of it really.



Shaolin said:

Once again, I don't understand this criticism of Xbox launch parity clause because it's all just business pure and simple. It helps if you think of it as a game; PlayStation made their moves in the indie space and now Xbox has made theirs but it's all within the rules of the game, namely business. You wouldn't scowl at a tennis player for sending their opponent a devilishly clever drop shot, you'd acknowledge the cunning of the move as many people on here have rightfully done today. Either way, I'm not concerned because PlayStation won't have a shortage of great indie games and that's what matters in the end.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Very funny Sony well done. Ms are not jerky or smart, they are acting borderline illegal, if anyone ever bothers to challenge their business practices in relation to EU freedom of trade etc then they'll be hung drawn and quartered in court.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@Shaolin let's say north korea tells america that they should get first pick of their potato crop, if they fail to adhere to this then north korea won't import any potatoes whatsoever, america should tell north Korea where to stick their potato mashers. Its plain lunacy. Indie developers should all tell MS to shove it. Desperate lunacy is not a good business policy.



Shaolin said:

@SimonAdebisi I agree with you maybe indie developers should all tell MS to shove it, let's see if it happens. I'm sure at least some of them will exercise that choice.



TheLZdragon said:

It's sad when Microsoft's Xbox One is steps behind even the Wii U when it comes to indies...



JaxonH said:

I gotta hand it to Sony- I really thought they were going the route of MS this gen. Every time a stark contrast is made between their two policies, I think of what it would have been like had Sony gone down that road too...

I have no love for MS, but I am a gamer and gamers play games. As such, I do plan on buying an Xbox One sometime this year. Idk if that's gonna make me love em more, or hate em more lol... guess I'll find out

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