In The Future, The PlayStation Will Be A Little More Developer Friendly

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The people who make the PlayStation have received their share of flak for creating systems that were tougher to make games for than their competitors. That's something PlayStation big boss Kaz Hirai wants to change.

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So says Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida, the man charged with guiding Sony's internal PlayStation games development. Yoshida tells Develop that unannounced "future platform[s]" are being created with developer feedback. That's a good thing.

"When ['Father of the PlayStation'] Ken Kutaragi moved on and Kaz [Hirai] became the president of SCE, the first thing Kaz said was, ‘get World Wide Studios in on hardware development'," Yoshida said. "So he wanted developers in meetings at the very beginning of concepting new hardware, and he demanded SCE people talk to us."

With the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 now on more equal footing than when the former console launched—even chronic PlayStation disser Gabe Newell is now on board with Sony's box—things are really looking up for the PlayStation of the future. When do we get it? And can it still be backwards compatible, please?

Sony: Devs to help build the next PlayStation [Develop]

DISCUSSION

The thing you guys need to realize is that before Microsoft, ALL consoles were "difficult" to develop for. The only reason MS has the advantage is because they have literally DECADES of tools/driver/abstraction layer work to build off of from all the stuff they've done for Windows and DirectX.

This is why most of the developers complaining about PS3 being "too hard" are usually PC-centric developers like Valve. They're not used to writing register/DMA-level code and of course are going to find it to be a big pain in the ass because they have to learn something new. On the PC, these things are handled for you by the GPU driver.

PC devs are probably going to get all pissed off at me for this, but it's true... Console developers tend to look upon PC guys as being a bunch of wimps :)