Sony’s Developer Friendly Policies Contributed To PS4’s Lead Over X1 – Dev

“I think Sony just got a bit of a head start in getting the tech out to developers,” says Kai Tuovinen from Frozenbyte Studios.

Posted By | On 11th, Jun. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

Sony has been doing quite well this console generation. The PS4 has sold over 40 million units and at this pace it will be well above the 50 million mark later this year. On the other hand, Microsoft has been trying their best by reducing the Xbox One’ price, taking new initiatives such as the Xbox – Windows 10 integration and working on new exclusives for the console. Regardless of whatever they have done, Sony has the momentum and it’s obvious that Sony is doing somethings right and Microsoft are getting a few things wrong.

We raised this point in our interview with Kai Tuovinen from Frozenbyte Studios and according to him Sony’s easier policies with developers and development kits have helped the PS4 to keep up the lead on the Xbox One.

“For us it was mostly about the initial launch timing and sending out dev kits at the time.  There were a few months in between getting the PS4s and Xbox Ones.,” he said to GamingBolt.

“We got the PS4 kits first and started developing for that platform, while we were still waiting for the Xbox kits to arrive. So that’s been the story for us so far.  There are also some differences in policies regarding game approvals that are easier on the PS4 side, but I think Sony just got a bit of a head start in getting the tech out to developers.”

So it seems Sony’s consistent open and friendly attitude with developers has helped the PS4 to gain a substantial lead over the Xbox One. Microsoft had strict policies regarding indie developers and their games which they have somewhat relaxed in the last year but it seems that it has hurt them in the long run.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Michael

    I see all the positive xb1 news seems to be getting to people.

    • Cypher-Unknown

      In a similar way to the positive PS4 news getting to you?

    • Michael

      There is nothing positive about sony at the moment. Unless you call posting more losses in 2016, positive….lol

    • Hvd

      unless you call delaying games positive…lmao…..the delaystation.

    • Cypher-Unknown

      Haha! I just adore fanboy logic! 🙂

    • justerthought

      Nothing positive? Let’s list some if you’re having trouble.
      PSVR, PS4 Neo, Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn and the fact that most games run with 1080p clarity with no gimping.

      You might not feel positive but most console gamers do because they have a PS4. The future looks great from where I am. Gaming has never been better because PS4 is the best console ever created and the PS4 NEO will improve any performance issues that have stopped it being perfect.

      By the way, unlike you, I want the competition to be better because that starts an arms race and I benefit. I want Scorpio to be super powerful so Sony will raise the PS4 Neo to match it. Fanboys never want the opposition to do well and I’m looking at you.

    • Barry Harden

      Xbox division has been losing FULL every year. Micro$oft shareholders are none too happy about and keep calling for the CEO to sell off the losing division.

    • bewareofZ
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    • Hvd

      yep they are scared of the xbox scorpio i even think they are scared of the slim…lol

    • RA3030

      Who exactly is going to purchase the Xbox One Slim? So few people in this world purchase a Xbox One Microsoft refuses to give a total X1 sold number. We know for fact that the PS4 outsells the X1 11 or 12 months out of the year in the US based in NPD reports and when the X1 does outsell the PS4 it’s so close it’s not with the Microsoft PR spin and Worldwide it is a total and complete route in the PS4 favor. So who is gonna purchase a Xbox One slim that does not already own a Xbox One? And who will purchase the Xbox Scorpio that is not already a Xbox owner?

    • Hvd

      ponies…lol.cant wait till the xbox scorpio launches with more power then thea pos neo.a $199 rx 480 mid range pc card is stronger then the ps4 neo.

      have fun on a weaker ps4 neo and still have no games on the delaystations…..lmao

    • justerthought

      You assume too much and act like a naive fanboy. The PS4 Neo spec is not fixed yet. That is why Sony have been holding back with the announcement. I want the Scorpio to be very powerful because PS4 gamer will benefit from that.

      Both companies are in an arms race to win customers. That is not being scared. That’s attempting to place yourself in the best position.

      I believe the PS4 Neo and it’s spec was due to be announced at E3, but when rumours claimed the Scorpio was more powerful, Sony decided to delay the announcement. That’s being clever, not being scared, because Sony would loose the advantage if they were locked to a console for the next 3 years that was less powerful than the competition.

      So before you start celebrating and sabre rattling how good the Scorpio is, I suggest you wait until Sony find out how powerful the Scorpio really is and raise the PS4 Neo spec to beat it.

    • Dotcum22

      Scared… You actually believe that or you wanna believe that to feel good about your own purchase?

    • Barry Harden

      XBone slim should’ve came out at launch but they had to cut corners and rush out the current Big brick units. Now with news of XBone Scorpio who in the right mind will pick up any XBone now? I feel bad for the 20 million current XBone users who will be left in the dust when Scorpio releases.

  • Hvd

    Friendly Policies really? is charging you for multiplayer on the ps4 that was free on the ps3 is Friendly?charging you to play your ps3 and ps2 games even tho you already own them thats Friendly?

    what have they done that was Friendly the only thing they did was at launch when they took the ps3 camre out the box to lower the price of the ps4 thats about the only Friendly thing they did…

    • Cypher-Unknown

      Haha! Your stupidity knows no bounds!

    • Hvd

      nor does yours ponie.have fun with your delaystation.

    • Cypher-Unknown

      Haha! So I call you stupid and you jump to the conclusion that I’m a “pony”. That, my friend, is why people think you’re dumb! 🙂

    • Hvd

      the insult term for ps4 gamers is ponie…lol have fun on the delaystation and your indiestation.ill be playing games that come out this year that are supposed to come out….lmao

      gl my friend

    • Cypher-Unknown

      Keep on talking, you’re only proving I’m correct! 🙂 xx

    • Hvd

      you had no point…lol

    • Cypher-Unknown

      What is it they say? Don’t argue with stupid people as they’ll drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. I guess you win! 🙂 xx

    • Dotcum22

      Haters gonna hate
      Plus what’s your point you think you are right? Look at the facts look at the numbers and pack your cry baby rant bags.

    • justerthought

      Yes charging for multiplayer is friendly because it funds an improved service and we get 2 free games each month. Tropico 5 last month and Gone Home this month are excellent. Nobody is complaining about PSN Plus.

      If you think paying for multiplayer is unfriendly, then you must hate MS with their xbox Live.

      Hate is going to eat your soul. You need to chill out and start enjoying life. If the XB1 cannot do it for you, then jump to PS4. We don’t really care what you do, but don’t start telling PS4 gamers that they are suffering when they are having a blast on the best games console ever made in the history of gaming.

  • Mr Xrat

    Xgimps triggered as usual. The impending prospect of another E3 kicking must have them on the brink of total madness.

    • PCMR Truth™ #4DaNoGamesLulz

      Nintendomination happened again

      Better repair your cuck shed after your temper tantrum 🙂

  • chestwig

    Can someone please explain to me why there is the same 10 accounts upvoting all the same comments?
    Anyway regarding this topic, I honestly can’t see the xbox catching up in sales unless Sony do something really stupid which I doubt. Lets see what E3 brings.

  • Maxcer Maxcer

    not to mention the asinine “indie parity clause” that is still being practiced over at MS. that alone is enough to push away developer support


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