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'Nobody Gains From Console Exclusives,' Says PlayStation Executive

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'Nobody Gains From Console Exclusives,' Says PlayStation Executive

'Exclusives Are Just A Way For Console Makers To Brag Louder'

Today we've posted about PS4 exclusives and Xbox One exclusives, and as the weeks roll on, we're bound to start comparing both machines head-to-head in terms of their exclusive software lineups. However, SCEA vice president of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes has criticised the exclusive culture, and suggest that no-one benefits from it.

Boyes articulated his thoughts during an IndieCade professional conference attended by Gamasutra, acknowledging that platform exclusivity does help to fuel console sales, but doesn't benefit the industry at large.

"Right now exclusives are just a way for [console makers] to brag louder," said Boyes. "Nobody gains from exclusivity in perpetuity."

"Developers now have the option to deliver on a huge number of platforms, he continued, "we want developers to be successful," before suggesting that independent and boutique development is critical for "real innovation" in the console space.

We were definitely seeing a shift away from exclusive development before the run-up to the next console generation began, though Sony and Nintendo still boast fearsome first-party development stables.

Personally, on a personal level, in my opinion (get it?!), I agree with the spirit of Boyes' argument, but feel that console exclusives can and do benefit the industry. The fierce competition between platform holders is a major driving force behind keeping standards high, and exclusives are a key part of that. Mind you, having to wait a month for content or resort to borrowing a machine to play a particular game does get annoying, though.

I doubt that we'll see Killzone, DriveClub, Gran Turismo or Knack going multi-platform any time soon. Just saying.

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Quietus  Oct. 7, 2013 at 16:05

Hear, hear. I've spoken about this before, and I feel that the developers only stand to lose out. I don't think a very high percentage of people buy a console solely to play exclusives, but rather buy whichever console has the most games on that they like. I suspect that having a game as an exclusive only means that the majority of those who don't have the 'right' console simply won't get to play it, which means fewer sales.

Ne1cdamo1  Oct. 7, 2013 at 16:15

Choosing a console by which games it has that you like is directly linked with exclusives. Although I own almost all consoles the game I look forward to new releases the most is Uncharted, the game I play the most is motorstorm (especially when I have friends round), other games I like are on both consoles so for me personally these two exclusive titles are what will sway to to buy the PS4. I am in my thirties now with wife, kids and business to run so don't have the time or need for both new consoles. So in my case exclusives help Sony, others will say the same about Halo etc so MS will win those. Having exclusives Personally, in My opinion, on a personal does have wins but they are swings and roundabouts for both sides.

Harryisme  Oct. 7, 2013 at 16:23

Yet Sony push for exclusives just as much as MS, if not more so with exclusive content with their versions of the game, extra charactors in SFxT? or free 20% faster hacking in Watchdog? How many times in their press conference did we see mentioned how the PS version of the multiplatform game will have some exclusive content?

Saying it is one thing, but they need to prove it...I've been fine with extra content usually as it often just some cosmetic bonus, but when it is a game changer like the extra charactors in a fighting game or the 20% faster hacking tool, that's crossing the line and it's affected my perseption of the publishers, I am allot more reluctant to buy from both nowadays, situations same with EA and Activision but they've been on the **** list for years already.

Beatchef  Oct. 7, 2013 at 17:51

RIP Sony Liverpool and the best exclusives Sony had.

cicobuff  Oct. 7, 2013 at 18:23

From a hardware perspective a console needs some unique selling point, what better way than exclusive games, gaming after all is what you mainly buy a console for, right?

Arcus28  Oct. 7, 2013 at 21:35

From a hardware perspective a console needs some unique selling point, what better way than exclusive games, gaming after all is what you mainly buy a console for, right?

Discs and media are not hardware. The PS4 already has the hardware advantage.

cicobuff  Oct. 7, 2013 at 23:53

From a hardware perspective a console needs some unique selling point, what better way than exclusive games, gaming after all is what you mainly buy a console for, right?

Discs and media are not hardware. The PS4 already has the hardware advantage.


I did not say a hardware advantage as a USP though did I? Look at the PS2 vs Xbox, the Xbox clearly had better hardware, which had the best USP...clearly the PS2 with its exclusives, same with PS3.

As said, the main reason to buy a console is the games.

chieftex  Oct. 8, 2013 at 12:42

I hate the entire concept of exclusives but, in my case, they are the only reason I would even consider a console - I'd prefer if everything was on PC!

As far as I'm aware (do correct me if I'm wrong), PC has far more exclusives than the consoles. While it annoys the hell out of me, it's the only way they can sell me a console.

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