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Sony Starts Publishing Switch Games and The Tale of Two Sonys

Sony is starting to play nice? For the past few months Sony has been isolating themselves from their competition. Both Nintendo and Microsoft announcing cross-play multiplayer gaming. It seemed Sony wanted nothing to do with either Microsoft and Nintendo. That is until Sony Music Entertainment announced they were launching inde project aimed at the PS4, PC, and the Nintendo Switch? What does Sony Music Entertainment's (SME) role in this industry, how does this affect the PlayStation brand. Most importantly, how does this affect the relationship between Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and Sony Music Entertainment?

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Garethvk1383d ago

I cannot see them giving up exclusives especially since some would have to be throttled down for the Switch.

Neonridr1383d ago

has nothing to do with the article.

Eonjay1383d ago

It really depends on what it is. I mean, Microsoft pays for the BluRay tech which Sony is the principal. Sony pays Microsoft for its DRM tech. Microsoft pays Sony platform fees for Minecraft. And Sony has to pay some sort of a fee to have its movies sold on Xbox Store.

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rainslacker1382d ago (Edited 1382d ago )

MS codecs for Blu-ray are actually free to license, so there is no licensing fee for them.

I don't know if this gives MS rights to use the format without paying licensing fees, but since MS released the codecs independently of blu-ray, and made it free to be able to be considered for blu-ray, I can't imagine that the Blu-Ray consortium would give up those licensing fees. Even Sony has to pay those, since it's not paid solely to Sony. Sony however does make some of the hardware for blu-ray, and MS may at times source those parts from Sony.

@Eonjay

What DRM tech does Sony license from MS? Sony has been creating it's own DRM protocols since the PS2 days. Not sure what MS has to supplant that that Sony couldn't make on it's own. If you're talking about the DRM for Blu-Rray, then I believe that was decided on by the Blu-Ray consortium, and MS did have a part in that, but think MS didn't have a hand for HDCP2.2 in the UHD format, although I believe their codec is an option for UHD content.

That being said, both these companies license tech from one another all the time. It's not really that unheard of, and direct competitors often do this in many technological fields. It's just cheaper than making your own, and often times, the competition can be far ahead. In other cases, there are certain techs which are considered instrumental for the advancement of technology, and a lot of those tend to be freely licensed....although I forget what that falls under in the patent laws, but there is a specific name for it.

pinkcrocodile751382d ago

@eonjay turns out that Sony is not principle, the technology came from MIT and manufacturers Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Thomson, LG Electronics, Hitachi, Sharp, and Samsung Electronics.

indyman77771382d ago

Like I have been saying Sony and Nintendo for me! This is sweet. I bet that they will make a game like rock band to take advantage of thier musical assest. Maybe a new kinda parrapa the rappa!

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PhoenixUp1383d ago

Do you even read the articles you comment on

pcz1382d ago (Edited 1382d ago )

Uncharted for switch confirmed

Last of us for switch confirmed

Grand turismo for switch confirmed

S2Killinit1383d ago

THEy wont share their own games with anyone. They will publish 3rd party games that look for a publisher to release on any platform the developer wants to release on

yellowgerbil1382d ago

Exactly. Basically they are devolver digital

Erik73571382d ago (Edited 1382d ago )

It would be very bad for Sony games to be throttled because then consumers would see that there is nothing fun about their games

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-Foxtrot1383d ago

When you ask for cross play but you get the sticky notes mixed up XD

freshslicepizza1383d ago

No, they have an issue with Xbox, same with a lot of their fans. Always have and always will.

RememberThe3571383d ago

It's just business. You have a personal issue with Sony and you project it onto them. They don't care. They want to make money.

Silly gameAr1382d ago (Edited 1382d ago )

Well Moldy, I don't think anyone will disagree that you definitely have some kind of personal, unhealthy grudge against Sony. Must be an ex-employee or something. It runs deep.

Anyway, I think this is awesome. Helps devs gets their games out there to more people. Not sure why they felt the need to link this with cross-plat pay, but I guess that horse needed to be beat today, and can't have some positive news without a negative spin.

rainslacker1382d ago (Edited 1382d ago )

@Fox

Don't be so hard on him. Those PC gamers don't have a sense of humor after all.:)

And yeah, poor MS. Too bad so many people have a problem with them. Maybe there is something to that, and it's not all entirely because of PS fans being vengeful.

Anyhow, I thought your joke was amusing. I wouldn't mind this leading to some cross play though. Obviously, another department in Sony may be able to sway some cross play for some of those games within Sony itself. Particularly if they have complete control over the distribution of those titles, thus can control the network they run on. Too bad for Moldy though as Sony has a vendetta againt MS, that the Xbox...which he says he doesn't even own...won't see any benefit from that. Good for him though that his precious PC will....even though he probably won't buy any of these games to begin with....because he never seems to buy any actual game, or at least can't discuss anything about them which doesn't involve bashing Sony or hyping up an unreleased game.

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FallenAngel19841383d ago

Funny because Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (SCEI) was jointly established by Sony and its subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment Japan in the first place.

michellelynn09761383d ago

I wonder how many titles they will publish? This will be interesting.

Elda1383d ago (Edited 1383d ago )

Sony sees Nintendo is doing well & they want some of those good tidings by putting some games on the Switch as well. Business is business.

Foraoise1383d ago

Well, they also helped with making the Switch, so...

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