Sony: MS lack First-Party Quality


SCEA’s senior VP of publisher relations, Rob Dyer has stated that Microsoft doesn’t have the same amount of first-party studios or the same amount of quality as what Sony have either. Dyer also said that while Sony make sure that they produce the quality from inside their own first-party studios, Microsoft chuck the money towards developers from the outside including Epic, Valve or BioWare rather than put the money back in to making first-party titles.

“They have very few first-party studios at Microsoft,” Dyer said, in an interview with IndustryGamers. “Bungie’s next Halo is the last one, Rare rarely puts out anything, you’ve got Peter Molyneux with his Fable stuff… but they don’t have first-party development studios inside at Redmond or anywhere for that matter. We do.

Strong words from Rob Dyer it must be said and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft respond to his comments about their inside development teams being dormant. Without trying to start something between fans of both consoles, i can understand totally where he is coming from though as the amount of money that Sony has invested into its own studios is vast and the results are starting to show though. Big titles have come out of Sony’s own studios including inFAMOUS, Little Big Planet, MAG, SOCOM Confrontation, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in time, Killazone 2, Resistance 1+2, Heavenly Sword and the big hitter of 2009, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

It looks like 2010 is starting on the right foot with Sony’s own development teams as well with Heavy Rain and God of War III being released soon as the big titles of early 2010. With E3 coming up, it’s going to be interesting to see what both Sony and Microsoft have up their sleeves that’s for sure.

Also in the article posted on, Dyer stated that software exclusives are not going to happen on the Playstation 3 like they do on the 360 and Sony’s strategy with having exclusive content and exclusive ad campaigns rather than spending millions of dollars tying up exclusive titles.

“We’re not going to get the exclusive games,” he admitted. “The Mass Effects, Gears of Wars and Left 4 Deads aren’t going to happen nearly as often.”

“But we have our own first-party development and exclusives like Final Fantasy XIV and Agent. Exclusives just aren’t as commonplace as they were during the PS2 days.

“What is going to be the driving force is either exclusive ad campaigns, like the Madden campaign, or exclusive content like we had with Batman.

“The PS3 version outsold the 360 version, and what we’ve said to [developers] is, ‘if you take advantage of what the PS3 can deliver – more content on the Blu-ray disc, better graphics, being able to get more of what the player wants onto the disc – you’re going to see those sales translate’.”

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