Rising development costs might force console makers Microsoft and Sony to publish more video games themselves, as independent studios avoid exclusive deals for blockbusters.
According to PS3 News, the fortunes of the hardware makers have turned on whether they can attract exclusive hit video games, driving fans to buy their consoles. But increasingly, the companies behind the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will have to fund their own games if they want publishing rights to a game their rivals cannot get.
Konami June release of "Metal Gear Solid 4," a game franchise exclusive to Sony's PS3, helped narrow the gap between Nintendo's Wii console and the PS3. The units of PS3 consoles sold hit a record for a non- holiday month, according to NPD research group.