Single Minded: Developers unconvinced by 'single games format' notion

Following on from comments made by EA's Gerhard Florin and Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack advocating a single, unified and open games format, leading UK independent developers have sounded off on the issue. And they aren't convinced.

In a article, NaturalMotion CEO Torsten Reil, Blitz Games' Andrew Oliver and Frontier's David Braben say they don't believe a single format is viable for the industry's future. They use historical precedents (MSX, CDi, 3DO, and even PC) to point out that a 'single games format' has never paid off well in the past and will still be infeasible.

Ultimately, the developers believe a single games format is in truth contrary to everything the industry is built on; it would remove the one thing that makes the world of games development move so quickly – competition. Plus, a single platform would be a blow for the thriving middleware market.

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ruibing4866d ago

Oh, so EA wants a PC gaming console...

The Swordsman4866d ago (Edited 4866d ago )

EA just wants to maximise profits and decrease production costs. It has nothing to do with how the strain of having to develop on multiple consoles negatively effects a game's quality. It would be a poor game anyway if EA had a hand in making it. All they care about is making as much money as they can with cheaply-made, rehashed games.

PS360WII4866d ago (Edited 4866d ago )

It works for PC's. Consoles are not PC's and shouldn't be treated like one. I like the bells and whistles and differences all the consoles bring. If we only had one then why bother and just get a computer. The competition would only be between developers but the game releases would have to be stretched out more for everyone would have the same console. Right now we have 3 companies thinking of how to improve their machines daily while if we only had one console it could very well be a take it or leave it sort of mentality.

Monkeynator4866d ago

I've always wondered about people who groan about having all these choices. The ability to make a choice is the reason why any system gets upgraded in the next revision. Competition is good for the consumer so lets keep things that way.