Devs share their opinions and concerns on Sony's next-gen console
After Sony’s unveiling of the PlayStation 4, we called on indie developers to send us there opinions through Twitter on what they thought of the new console.
Although Sony mentioned indie developers a few times on stage, the reveal was light on details on how the console giant would support this large development ecosystem - currently spreading like wildfire on platforms such as iOS and Android.
Developers were generally happy and excited by the reveal, and the possibilities it could offer, but many remain concerned with the potential costs of developing for PS4 and discoverability, hoping Sony adopts a similar approach to Apple to keep down development costs and allow devs to freely update their titles as they please – on their own terms.
Below we've list a selection of the most interesting and thought-provoking Tweets from indie developers around the world.
It sounds good to spend our time on making games again and not implementing stupid monetization & advertising SDKs
— Eloy Ribera (@eloyribera) February 21, 2013
@developonline The bit about game discovery offers hope but that depends on getting a game on the platform.— CoreCreation Studios (@TheCoreCreation) February 21, 2013
@developonline As an indie developer I don't feel anything has changed for us. We need simply need more info.— Thomas P. (@ThomasPasieka) February 21, 2013
@developonline I hope they'll provide an SDK as they are doing with PS Vita, without the need of a devkit, and an open store.— Alexandre (@oks2024) February 21, 2013
@developonline Concerned about whether online play will be free. One of the big plusses of PS3. Shuhei Yoshida refused to confirm it.— Mattsta (@Mattsta0021) February 21, 2013
@developonline The question still remains of how easy it will be to sell games digitally.— Johannes Smidelöv (@jsmidelov) February 21, 2013
@developonline I don't think it'll change the game art production pipeline much, just means there's more room for more "stuff".— Jessie Lam (@axl99) February 21, 2013
@developonline The event was for shareholders, as always. Sony have plenty of time yet, and Indie gamers don't preorder that far in advance.— Dan Stubbs (@dan_stubbs) February 21, 2013
@developonline Exciting to have something new coming out, but I hold back judgment in till I can actually get my hands on it.— Michael Gooch (@GunPowBoom) February 21, 2013
@developonline Yes, I remember it too. But as details are important, I hope they will soon explain their "indie program".— Daniele Benegiamo (@UNA_daniele) February 21, 2013
@developonline For example: program costs, access to dev-kits, if any pre-approval is requested, submission process, etc etc.— Daniele Benegiamo (@UNA_daniele) February 21, 2013
@developonline Skeptical yet with the Steam Box still on the horizon. They haven't really said anything about actually developing for it.— Scott Halsall (@iOSScott) February 21, 2013
@developonline Satisfied but not amazed by the PS4. Evolution rather than a revolution but still solid enough to warrant a purchase in 2014!— iFeli (@Airjordan12345) February 21, 2013