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Sony exec: Video game exclusives only serve to help console maker 'brag'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Oct 2013 12:02 User comments (1)

Sony exec: Video game exclusives only serve to help console maker 'brag' Adam Boyes, Sony Computer Entertainment's VP of publisher and developer relations, has been quoted as saying video game exclusives serve little benefit.
"Right now exclusives are just a way for [console makers] to brag louder," said Boyes. "Nobody gains from exclusivity in perpetuity."

While exclusives certainly help to boost hardware sales, especially during new launches, Boyes says locking down games serve no benefit over the long run.

Sony has been big on exclusives, and now owns thirteen first-party studios including Naughty Dog, the maker of Uncharted, Last of Us, (and for some nostalgia, Crash Bandicoot). Additionally, it has paid a premium to indie studios to bring games to the PS4 before the Xbox One. That being said, Sony has also been encouraging multiplatform publishing, as they know having developers be successful is a win for everyone. "Developers now have the option to deliver on a huge number of platforms," Boyes noted. "We want developers to be successful."

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113.10.2013 16:59

So they pay money to developers for exclusives and even buy developers to keep games exclusives, but they advise against making exclusives? Sounds a bit bipolar.

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