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Sony Opens New Label Unties; First Games for PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC Announced

Sony Music Entertainment opens a new game publishing label called Unties, dedicated to promoting and releasing multiplatform indie games.

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Araragifeels 55d ago

Sony becoming Third Party publisher too. Well now you can say that Switch/ PC is getting Sony Games from Unties even though is not from Sony Interactive Entertainment.

freshslicepizza55d ago

They are releasing some on the PC and Switch but not Xbox? Sure that makes sense in Japan but if that is the same scenario for indie games that could sell well outside of Japan then it's clear they really have personal issues with Xbox.

Araragifeels 55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

Well that probably the reason why cross play is not happening because PlayStation have personal issue against Xbox. At least Sony is not holding grudges against Nintendo for Nintendo dropping them out of console CD deal.

Razzer55d ago

More likely they don’t see Xbox as worth the effort. Other third parties obviously have come to the same conclusion. It is business.

Zabatsu55d ago

The only thing that makes sense in all of your comments is your insecurity.

MegamanXXX55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

You think🤔 everyone knew that except you. That also explains why they won't do cross play with them. They look at Microsoft as a competitor

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DarXyde55d ago

Yes.

Their issues fall under the category of "direct competitor ".

Nintendo and Sony are rivals, but I believe they would gladly cooperate in certain areas; particularly, reinvigorating the Japanese market.

SirBradders55d ago

Who cares. Xbox ain't bringing anything to the gaming industry and haven't done for years, why should Sony help them if they don't want to help themselves.

tehpees355d ago

The problem is fanbase. Take a look at where the majority of sales for these types of games come from. Xbox owners just don't want to admit the dudebro image is real and has had negative impacts (similar to Nintendo's image).

morganfell55d ago

Well it isn't like Sony has issues with Xbox. I do not see them on here going into one thread after another on articles about the competition trying to attack or downplay that company's features or products.

Actions such as that, often the first into the thread is what you call really having an issue with another manufacturer. What sort of person would do something like that...

...oh wait...

2600Thunder55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

Sony isn't competing with themselves by supporting PC. Windows is an open platform so MS doesnt receive profits on programs sold on the platform unless purchased directly from a MS marketplace.

This is why MS made the Xbox to begin with (a slice of the pie since many devs were already using DirectX APIs), and also why MS pushes efforts every once in while on PC with DRM checking platforms like GoWL or UWP - usually only when they are in need some extra cash. Not because of piracy or any of the other PR garbage we hear. MS game support on PC will disappear again soon. Rinse and repeat.

Windows was a double edged sword for MS. The openness of it propelled them into dominating the computer market, but that also meant that they do not get to participate in the profits from something popular on it - such as PUBG before the MS partnership.

Sony can bring all they want to PC and legally MS doesnt get a single cent.

freshslicepizza55d ago

@morganfellgo
"Well it isn't like Sony has issues with Xbox. I do not see them on here going into one thread after another on articles about the competition trying to attack or downplay that company's features or products.
Actions such as that, often the first into the thread is what you call really having an issue with another manufacturer. What sort of person would do something like that... "

Please narrow it down, you are literally talking about half the membership here.

kevnb55d ago

most games dont sell well on xbox.

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Razzer55d ago

“Please narrow it down”

You

Aenea55d ago

Yeah, it's totally weird that a technology/hardware company is now publishing games (software) on other platforms then their own but not Xbox. I mean MS, a software company, releases their games on all possible platforms after all!

Oh wait....

freshslicepizza54d ago

@Aenea
"Yeah, it's totally weird that a technology/hardware company is now publishing games (software) on other platforms then their own but not Xbox. I mean MS, a software company, releases their games on all possible platforms after all!
Oh wait...."

Minecraft is on all platforms, is it not? This isn't about Sony protecting it's own intellectual properties, it's that they seem far more supportive towards Nintendo. Always have been than Xbox. Maybe this is yet again another reason why so many fans seem to view Xbox as public enemy numer 1. It's in their culture from the top down.

badz14954d ago

@Moldy

MS made Minecraft? Since when?

rainslacker54d ago (Edited 54d ago )

But Windows is MS right? So, they're publishing for a MS platform right? Seems MS benefits right?

I mean, that's what we've heard since MS started releasing their games on PC isn't it?

What's the difference here. It works out for you right? You don't even own an XBox right? You have no reason to care right?

In any case, who knows. It's not SIE, so maybe they will. Or maybe Sony recognizes that Xbox is falling behind in market share, and since this is a new venture, maybe they don't see any advantage to investing resources into a brand that is more directly competing with a rather successful part of the company. Maybe Sony knows something we don't, and thinks MS isn't in the console race for the long haul. Or maybe they're just sticking it to MS, and Xbox owners can deal with it, and probably won't care either way with all those multi-plats which will look better on X1X that they keep talking about.

"This isn't about Sony protecting it's own intellectual properties, it's that they seem far more supportive towards Nintendo. Always have been than Xbox. Maybe this is yet again another reason why so many fans seem to view Xbox as public enemy numer 1. It's in their culture from the top down."

Yet another ROFLMFAO comment from you.

So Sony should show more support towards their largest competitor in the console market? They should show support towards the company which constantly takes jabs at them, or undermines their own attempts to push new technology by offering up some distraction which MS actually has no intention of releasing? I mean, MS was there pushing Halolens Minecraft in the face of the PSVR last public showing before release. They were going on about how they were going to have VR options for X1X, even though they don't. They have Greenburg always making some off handed comment about Sony. So on and so forth. What support should Sony show MS?

If you ask me, Sony is competing with MS. They are pushing MS out of the market, and they are doing it without dirty tactics trying to publicly undermine MS at every turn. The only time Sony undermined MS was during the generational pre-release E3 where they obviously targeted the DRM policies of MS. But why wouldn't they take that opportunity. Since then, MS has done plenty that Sony could undermine MS over, but they simply focus on the games.

MS wasn't viewed as public enemy number one until the X1 reveal. before this gen, they were doing pretty well, with the normal fan boy war criticism you'd simply expect regardless of company. MS dug their own grave, and every criticism people have of them that is valid is because of MS own doing. Sony had nothing to do with it.

Sony has no reason to support MS in any way. At least not in giving their console games. If Sony did so, it'd simply be to earn revenue off the games, and it would appear that revenue doesn't outweigh the idea of supporting their competition.

Get over it. You can still play the games on your PC. You should be happy that Sony is bringing more games for you to play, because a publisher focusing on indie games is a good thing for indie games. Be happy for the indie market, and less concerned for MS getting the short end of the stick.

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Ceaser985736154d ago

with Cross play Xbox did it back during 360 days which now PS is doing.. Karma!!

OffRoadKing54d ago

Kind of like how you have personal issues with Playstation.

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AspiringProGenji55d ago

You realize this isn’t the Playstation division who are doing this right? PS games arent going multiplatform

Araragifeels 55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

"Switch/ PC is getting Sony Games from Unties even though is not from Sony Interactive Entertainment" You can clearly see that I already stated that is not from PlayStation that are releasing to PC/Switch. PlayStation = Sony Interactive Entertainment while Unties = Sony Music Entertainment so your statement is invalid.

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ocelot0755d ago

@Araragifeels Sony shouldn't be holding any grudges towards Nintendo. In fact they should be thanking them. Just imagine if the deal was kept in place. We might not of had the PlayStation or any of Sony's first party titles.

Liqu1d55d ago

You do realise Sony had Sony Online Entertainment which released games on PC.

FallenAngel198455d ago

Sony started out as a third party publisher in the gaming industry

joeorc55d ago

No they are not, it's like publishing other developers indie or development of mobile indie games for tablets and smartphones this has nothing to do with Playstation.

Zeref55d ago

Reacting to your reply on my other comment here:

Fate/Grand Order Is not an original IP. It's based on an incredibly popular Anime. The devs probably aren't indie devs either.

DanteVFenris66655d ago

Pc can technically use psnow and play PS3/ps4 games that way.

Plus an indie will always be on pc first(unless partnerships). This seems to be to help indies reach a console audience

rainslacker54d ago

This is a different division of Sony, their music one specifically.

Sony's various companies do work autonomously from one another. They did have Sony Online Entertainment for a while which also released games on PC, but they sold that off.

As such, I think it's to soon to assume that Sony Interactive Entertainment is going to decide to start releasing multi-plat games. Maybe if there is significant revenue from this new venture where the parent company and stock holders put pressure on SIE to do so, which is possible, although I wouldn't hold my breath since the new label is focused solely on publishing indies, and while many can do well, those huge stand out titles are actually not as common as those that do marginally well or outright fail.

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XiNatsuDragnel55d ago

Damn quite nice kind Sony is even kinder

PlayableGamez-55d ago

It's not out of kindness, it's a business decision

Snookies1254d ago

Haha, how do you have 4 disagrees? It's entirely a business decision. Interested to see what they produce in the near future!

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Gemmol55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

This is nice of Sony to put some games on Switch, you know what, next heavenly sword game to come out i will preorder

I see why they doing this, they know Switch is selling, and its only soon it take over Japan, they still want Japan money, and this a safer way for them to invest into the switch without losing much........from business point of view they will make a lot of money in japan on switch and on PC

Xenophon_York55d ago

You are partly correct—Sony does make a habit of putting itself into as many other companies as it can. But, usually that's limited to consumer products like optical drives and image sensors (iPhone).

I'd imagine Sony would want to keep its heavy hitters exclusive to the PlayStation, though. Maybe Sony and Nintendo could make a deal: PlayStation could share Uncharted and Nintendo 3D Mario games. (If only.)

zivtheawesome55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

the day this happens, ooh boy (it won't happen).

Istolla55d ago

Pfft, that's a terrible deal. Uncharted is nowhere near as good or as popular as 3d Mario games. I don't see Nintendo fans caring about Uncharted. If it were The Last of Us, then maybe that'd work.

Fullmetalevolust54d ago

Sony and Nintendo did have a deal, a while back, they were working on releasing an add-on. It was a CD-rom add on for the SNES. Nintendo soured the deal and instead of staying out of the gaming business, since Sony had already invested so much, they decided to release the first Playstation.

Neonridr54d ago

@Fullmetalevolust - it isn't exactly that easy. Sony wanted to be able to retain some licensing with the machine since it was both a SNES and a CD Player in one. Nintendo got scared at the last second about giving up some control over their hardware and instead nixed the deal and went to Philips instead. What a disaster yes, could you imagine what the video game industry might look like (better or worse) if Sony and Nintendo had decided to work together on this project and it actually came out? One of those "what-if" scenarios that would be fun to look at in a crystal ball.

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kowan55d ago

This is just from sony MUSIC entertainment and not exactly Playstation so PS games coming to other platforms is still a bit of a stretch or just plain impossible.

joeorc55d ago

They are not coming, this is mobile arm processes or in this case nvidia shield development, type of studio development..which is why it makes sense look up Sony music smartphones games in Japan:

https://www.bloomberg.com/a...

This is exactly one of the reasons why!😉

KwietStorm55d ago

Disagrees because good business doesn't make sense, apparently.

joeorc55d ago

It's not what people are jumping to conclusions About.

https://www.bloomberg.com/a...

strayanalog55d ago

This should be interesting. Good business move for Sony, though. In the next couple of generations we will probably see this kind of thing more and more.‎

porkChop55d ago

This label is from Sony Music, and isn't tied to PlayStation in any way. Makes sense for them to be multiplatform.

Xenophon_York55d ago

Both organizations have the same parent company, goofy.

porkChop55d ago

Yeah, but they're entirely separate. I've seen people online saying PS exclusives could come to Switch, which isn't going to happen.

Araragifeels 55d ago

Sony doesn't have much involvement and control with PlayStation brand. Sony Interactive Entertainment aka PlayStation is not a division. While Sony Music Entertainment is a division so Sony have 100% involvement and control.

joeorc55d ago

It's not the same thing, they are whole owned subsidiaries, I have been trying to explain this to people over and over again on here, there is a big difference in what a division is of a companies corpus is and how you run a whole owned subsidiary.

https://www.bloomberg.com/a...

joeorc55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

It's not the same thing a whole owned subsidiary has its own board of directors, you must run it as a separate company
That's why it's not a division.

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