Why Game Developers Are Flocking to Sony and Fleeing From Microsoft

“Microsoft treats independent developers very badly,” said Jonathon Blow, creator of the breakout indie success Braid. Blow appeared at Sony’s recent PlayStation 4 announcement event to show his new game The Witness. He said in an email that Microsoft’s stance on relations with independent developers is to “put you through as much pain as you will endure in order to extract whatever [they] feel like this week.”

Sony appears to be seizing on Microsoft’s bad reputation among indie developers as an opportunity to lure new games onto its platforms and establish the PlayStation Network as the new place to be for unique independent games. It’s becoming the anti-Microsoft, something it seemed to be stressing in its PlayStation 4 announcement. Provinciano said that working with Sony felt like a “coffee shop chat” as opposed to the “intimidating corporate vibe” of Xbox.

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NewMonday1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

and if the recent rumors are true, so will gamers.

looks like a perfect storm is coming together for the PS4:

* making easy to develop for architecture
* attracting indy developers.
* fast and simple user experience.
* the competitors making mistakes.

okmrman1598d ago

ive been an xbox 360 only gamer this gen
looks like that might change if this is true

pete0071598d ago

dont worry, the psfanboys will make a colect to offer you one, you were lost and now you found the truth

malokevi1598d ago

me too, of this gen and the last. I have loved my Xboxs, and will hold off on making a decision until Microsoft actually announces the Nextbox. But, Microsoft is going to need to do some SERIOUS damage control, and demonstrate some truly amazing stuff, in order to win back its player base.

Rumores surrounding sub-par performance and a restrictive online-only console is one thing... Microsoft being corporate dickheads is another. They will have nothing going for them if they continue to treat developers and customers like children.

On the other hand, 'Jonathon Blow" seems to have nothing but bad things to say about Microsoft. This is the third separate occasion since the PS4 announcement that I have seen this guy dump on Microsoft. While i've heard this same sentiment echoed elsewhere, I'm inclined to believe that Johnny Blow is a paid PS4 shill, and is full of that stuff that we so lovingly refer to as S#!T.


darthv721598d ago

if sony will offer more demos of these smaller independent games on the PS store.

I really like it if there is a demo. Mini's and PS mobile games should get demos as well.

isarai1598d ago

@ malokevi

Blow is not full of shit, many devs have had poor and even downright horrible experiences working with MS and their marketplace. Not to mention every other platform offer higher profit ratios per sale than XBL. Blow is not the only one fed up with MSs BS when it comes to getting games on the marketplace, which is why many of them have migrated away from MS. As a rookie game devs myself(almost done with bacholors) i often speak with tons of indie devs(hell all my instructors are indie devs) and i've always heard MS is horrible to deal with when you're a small studio straight from the devs themselves. Not everyone has the same experience sure, but the ones that have say MS takes the cake for biggest pain in the ass

malokevi1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

I suppose you don't do any writing, while earning your "bacholor" in computer science...?

Like I said, I've heard the sentiment expressed by other developers. I am not new to gaming news. However, for one indy developer to come out swinging against MS over and over again, at a time when they can't defend themselves or demonstrate their worth, seems all-too convenient.

It would not surprise me in the least to hear that Sony is encouraging developers to speak out against Microsoft. After all, now is the time. Kick em while their down.

Yes, MS obviously has to cut some limbs off of their Walmart-style bureaucracy. BUT that doesn't mean that Xbox Live hasn't been a great platform for indy developers. Judging by the extensive library... its working for people.

If Joe Blow wants to be taken more seriously, then maybe he should be a little more impartial. He may be right, but his approach is only discrediting himself.

He doesn't like Microsoft? OK. He doesn't have to be a whiny little bitch about it, with his own featured interview every week. We hear you, Joe, now get back to developing this "supposedly" amazing title that your supposed to be working on.

dcbronco1598d ago


Because PSN is free developers have to pay for bandwidth for demos and DLC. It's an added expense some might not be willing to take on.

dcbronco1598d ago

I disagree with the truth too.

malokevi1598d ago

@dcbronco dont you know? If you don't unequivocally support Sony without any rhyme or reason, N4G disagrees with you.

You may want to consider changing everything you believe in, and throw logic out the window.

try this: "PS4 it totes better than the Xbox 3 and thats a confirmed fact of life lulz."

Persistantthug1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

You broke out with a 2009 article when it's 2013, and the whole point of this new article's sentiment is Sony's change of dynamic regarding independent game developers and development.

As the old article stated: "implemented in October of last year, asks publishers to pay 16 cents for every gigabyte of bandwidth distributed through the PlayStation Store."

That's old news and new referendums and policies seem to be taking place now.
If you keep bringing up 2008 and 2009 in the way that you just did....well....I don't see why you think you'll actually get or should get "agrees" with that.

As with virtually everything else in life....Times change.
Just sayin.

rainslacker1598d ago


Oddly enough, when I was in school, most of my instructors were from larger well known studios. They said the complete opposite, and that MS was easier to work with when it came to compliance and what not. One of my teachers was partially responsible for compliance testing for a very large studio, and he said Sony could be very difficult to work with, and had quite the bureaucracy, whereas MS he could talk directly to people who could help them sort things out.

Granted, this was several years ago, and those same teachers hadn't worked for those devs for 2-3 years before that. I really haven't heard anything about either since then. I also don't know how it may have been from the standpoint of getting approval and licensing for releasing on the system for the retail type titles.

dcbronco1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )


If you have different information feel free to link it. But they don't disagree because the information is old or wrong, they disagree because they are pure sheep. Any thing that they perceive as a slight against Sony will get a disagree. They even disagree with Sony if they don't want to hear it. Most of them still probably think the Cell was a great idea. Once you implant a sheep with an idea it's hard to reprogram them. Almost impossible.

Just talk to an ignorant elderly person. Some of their views are amazing.


I know but you still have to stick to the facts. You can never let a fool decide for you.

MaxXAttaxX1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

It's because people don't like you and they disagree the moment they see your username because you're almost always saying something negative. Or because you bring up an old article about the PS3 when the current topic is about new policies and support by Sony that help indie devs and on new PlayStation hardware.

""“Microsoft treats independent developers very badly,” said Jonathon Blow, creator of the breakout indie success Braid.""
""Working with Sony felt like a “coffee shop chat” as opposed to the “intimidating corporate vibe” of Xbox."" Devs have talked about limitation on XBL several times before.

You brought up the Cell just to make a statement. You are aware of the reaction you'll get and you post comments knowing that. To incite. It's a bit like trolling.
I could post negative stuff about Xbox too knowing people won't like it and will disagree, despite them being facts and call those who disagree "sheep" as well.

CEOSteveBallmer1597d ago

You are very welcome to the PS community. I myself was a nintendo fan until they released the Wii and I know its a great system but im missing out on so much games with great graphics. Ive never regretted my change in platform but we still have a Wii but its my sisters and let me tell you, She spends more time playing my PS3 than her wii. Could you imagine that? im not joking and making PS3 look good but its the truth. I have almost all nintendo home console, NES, Snes, N64, Gamecube and Wii. Wii-u I dont know if well get it hehe.

sengoku1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

it's really heating up against M$..
M$ can really take it slow and not be intimidated with there
(were not impressed you'll know more may 21 attitude)
but it's coming to a point that it's very hard to imagine they could ever swing this very negative tied back by November release.

there's still two more months of these kinds of news articles.
developers cant afford to wait two more months for M$ to get of there lazy butt and say something.

Skizelli1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

I own both a 360 and PS3. I'm not a fanboy of either, but I tend to use my 360 more because it's what my friends play on. That, and the social aspect is much better on 360 than it is on PS3 (cross-game chat, etc.). That being said, as my friends and I hear more and more about the PS4 and next Xbox, we're leaning more towards the PS4 as our next-gen platform of choice. We've grown tired of Microsoft's business model and nobody wants to pay to play games online. Leave it to Microsoft to take something that's been free since the dawn of online gaming and attempt to make money off it.

loulou1597d ago

all these indie games will come to the nextbox as well lol

another day, another full of s"*t blog wrotes especally for the fanboys that dwell on n4g

dantesparda1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

I think its funny how DCBronco is b!tching about Sony charging publishers 16 cents per gigabyte. When instead Microsoft just charges you. And you think that is somehow better? So you dont like the fact that Sony doesnt make you pay for it. You do realize that Sony cant afford to subsidize it right? because of the way the sale of the Playstation 3 went (and no Sony fanboys, do not get mad at me and think i am saying that the PS3 didnt sell as well or better than the 360, im just saying it didnt do as good as Sony had hoped for)


You sit here and talk sh!t about Sony fanboys being this way and that way. When MS fanboys do the exact same thing! all fanboys do, they are all the same, they are all obnoxious and they are all hypocrits. So stop this holier than thou bullsh1t. Sony fanboys are no wost than MS or Nintendo fanboys, they are all the same!

And whats with this "fanboys on N4G" sh!t? as if other websites dont have fanboys. All gaming sites are full of nothing but fanboys and in my opinion worst than N4G. People need to stop this bullsh!t, gotta love the hypocrisy

_-EDMIX-_1597d ago

@Loulou- lol, and..........where are those free to play games on xbl? Lol...are you sure?

Why o why1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

'If you have different information feel free to link it. But they don't disagree because the information is old or wrong, they disagree because they are pure sheep. Any thing that they perceive as a slight against Microsoft will get a disagree. They even disagree with microsoft if they don't want to hear it. Most of them still probably think the dvd9 was a great idea. Once you implant a sheep with an idea it's hard to reprogram them. Almost impossible.'

Sheep are all over the place dcbronco. Calling out one side is soo last decade. My comment is in gest. I've zero issue with you as I always read and welcome what you say even if I don't agree with it all

3-4-51597d ago

Same here. I can't stand dual shock controller.

If the new one feels better in my hands and doesn't feel cheap like Sony's past controllers then I'm sold.

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MikeMyers1598d ago

Microsoft will have to get their act together. The Indie scene is where you will find some real innovation and some very talented people. It's time to drop the red tape and for them to actually listen to people.

They mention the game Journey but oddly enough they will be going multiplatform. Maybe after they have some experience working with Microsoft they will go back to just supporting Sony.

CC-Tron1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

Go back to supporting just Sony? Nah. There's not enough money in it and Sony doesn't have the money to keep 'em.

stuna11598d ago

To be honest Microsoft is trying to cash in on a constant and steady stream of revenue! Xbox live is one such stream, but they want to go even further.

Just think about it, if a constant Internet connection is accurate, they won't have to rely on just game sales as a form of revenue.

A set top box with different price levels, monthly subscriptions, music app, bundled together or sold individually, but all requiring the initial Xbox live subscription, in general they would take on the attributes of a cable or satellite tv provider.

Most cable and satellite provide basic forms of gaming even now.
Right now most don't know if Microsoft has it's own solution to streaming games, but always online does kind of point to something of the sort! Also we can't forget all games require installation to the hard drive.

These are some things that need to be looked at. That could be reason enough for Microsoft's silence.

specialagent45321598d ago

I agree with you because you are giving a realistic outlook towards the next xbox. Thing is I am not a fan of cable or satellite subscriptions. If Microsoft can bring a service similar to Netflix except for games then that could be interesting.

AngelicIceDiamond1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

That's funny because the article is completely untrue.

What developers? This is an opinion so allow me to opinionate.

I'm expecting these devs at MS conference.

CD Projectz
Respawn Entertainment

I'm sure I'm missing some but that's not including 1st party.

My god people, just wait until MS announces something.

TheTwelve1598d ago

Read the article and you'll see they are talking about Indie devs.

G20WLY1598d ago

"Independent Developers"

I say this for your benefit, as you don't appear to have read the article you're so readily trying to discredit. You ask what developers - if you read the article, you will get examples. It's that easy.

I have heard this before, as well. We have to hope it's just a couple of people with a bitter taste in their mouths, or it could be quite one-sided next gen.

If I was a betting man, I wouldn't back MS right now, I know that much for sure - they need to speak up quickly and until they do, we have no reason to distrust persistant rumours like this one...

specialagent45321598d ago

I am waiting but I do see EA and Activision at Microsoft conference for this E3 event. Now CD project I doubt it due to it owns GOG service. Meaning Microsoft and CD project have to negotiate in allowing this developer to run its network along with its GOG service. Also a deal that there is no DRM for the games something that is unlikely for Microsoft to deal with. Another there is the possibility of a monthly subscription and it's imminent that kinect will be center stage for this event. I am not looking forward to the next xbox but I heard miracles happen but will see. I already posted several links on my YouTube channel and here in regards to Microsoft kicking the ass of indie game developers

Blaze9291598d ago

title should be "Why Indie Game Developers Are Flocking to Sony and Fleeing From Microsoft"

but of course if it was then not as many people would probably care to read this article...

GraveLord1598d ago

They're attracting more than just indie developers. Big name developers have praised the system as well. Mark Rein from Epic Games seems particularly excited about the specs.

I expect at least 1 huge 3rd party exclusive for the PS4. Maybe Epic Games next big IP.

Hercules1891598d ago

Epic games is not stupid enough to make a game exclusive, theyll lose a lot of money that way. But hey theres no such thing as common sense on here, where youll get disagrees for stating an opinion, unless youre talking about bad rumours about microsoft then youll get tons of bubbles and agrees.