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Sony investing $20 million for PSN exclusives

Sony Computer Entertainment is making an even more aggressive effort to secure exclusives for its PlayStation Network platform by pledging $20 million of support over the next three years.

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What's the best way to get into an indie dev's heart? Money.

Sony Computer Entertainment is making an even more aggressive effort to secure exclusives for its PlayStation Network platform by pledging $20 million of support over the next three years. Through its Pub Fund program, PS3 has become home to titles like Joe Danger and Critter Crunch.

Microsoft also negotiates exclusivity deals with indies. However, as evidenced by Braid, Castle Crashers, and most recently, Limbo, it appears those contracts allow developers to re-release their games on competing platforms after a period of time. Most PSN exclusives remain exactly that, with the occasional iOS and Steam port.

"We continually strive to make PlayStation Network the most innovative console game and entertainment service and that’s why we’re thrilled to announce a three-year, $20 million dollar investment plan to develop PSN exclusive games," Brandon Stander, Director of Marketing for PlayStation Network said in a recent blog post. "Under this investment, we’re committed to delivering titles that have innovative gameplay mechanics, vibrant visuals, interesting storylines and an artistic element to interactive entertainment that can only be found on PlayStation Network."

The first set of titles that are part of Sony's new "three-year plan" include Eufloria, Okabu, and Papo & Yo.

From The Chatty

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    July 13, 2011 12:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Sony investing $20 million for PSN exclusives.

    Sony Computer Entertainment is making an even more aggressive effort to secure exclusives for its PlayStation Network platform by pledging $20 million of support over the next three years.

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      July 13, 2011 12:18 PM

      Hopefully they will also be advertising these Indie games on the front page on the Playstation Store. Not just filling spaces in their catalogue.

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      July 13, 2011 12:20 PM

      PSN Pals

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      July 13, 2011 12:22 PM

      Oh man, remember when Sony said "We don't buy exclusivity?" lol.

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          July 13, 2011 3:45 PM

          I guess it's like how BC was so important and then somehow became superfluous.

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        July 13, 2011 1:33 PM

        Or the time they said the Wiis motion controls were for kids games? Then they released their own motion controls.

        • Ebu
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          July 13, 2011 2:58 PM

          To be fair, the Move does make the Wiimote look like a preschool playdate. Much better hardware, and much more accurate.

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            July 13, 2011 3:03 PM

            It's comparable with the motion+ though.

            • Ebu
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              July 13, 2011 3:38 PM

              Not really.

              I have both, the Move is an order of magnitude more accurate. Motion+ is a HUGE improvement over stock, but it still doesn't approach Move.

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                July 13, 2011 3:51 PM

                Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters remains the top golf sim for virtual swingers. Even though the series embraces the Move motion controller in its PlayStation 3 edition this year, superior controls in the Wii version of the game still make it the best way to play video game golf. This year's sequel builds on the outstanding Wii remote controls from the last two years, which show the MotionPlus attachment at its best, making for lifelike drives for show and putts for dough.

                http://www.gamespot.com/wii/sports/tiger-woods-pga-tour-12-the-masters/review.html?tag=summary%3Bread-review

                That surprised me.

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                  July 13, 2011 4:06 PM

                  I don't see how that's possible, barring EA's not properly developing for the platform.

                  The PS3 knows the exact X/Y/Z, orientation, and velocity at all times. The Wii can only see the remote when it's pointing at the screen.

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        July 13, 2011 2:16 PM

        they don't buy security either!

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        July 13, 2011 2:41 PM

        they also said the PS3 will be offer "4D". http://www.psu.com/4D-Graphics--A-Reality-Only-For-PlayStation-3--a1063-p1.php

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          July 13, 2011 3:02 PM

          So they support what Peter Molyneux said Fable 1 was.

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      July 13, 2011 1:47 PM

      They need to convince publishers/developers to start putting established niche series on PSN rather than not developing the game at all due to cost concerns. I'm talking stuff like Wild Arms, Suikoden, Breath of Fire and other titles that haven't made an appearance this generation and don't need a AAA budget and release to do the series justice.

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      July 13, 2011 3:42 PM

      it appears those contracts allow developers to re-release their games on competing platforms after a period of time.

      They don't allow the developers anything ,developers demand that, they wouldn't sign a contract without this , both parties make up a contract, it's not like microsoft goes out on friday night with papers and gets a load of signing fish , ... only a really dumb developer would sign very strict contracts.

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      July 14, 2011 6:01 AM

      Exclusives are long term bad business for developers and poor customer service.
      Say Sony and Xbox get 10 exclusive titles each. For every gamer that owns only one of those consoles that is 10 games they will never play. And for people like me who don't own any consoles that is 20 games that will never be played. Developers lose out on building the widest consumer base for their companies growth and consumers lose out as well.

      It would seem to me if Sony wants to sell a few extra PS3's to roll out free services that appeal to customers instead of making it an exclusive club to have to pay to get in.