'Console exclusives serve no benefit,' says PlayStation exec

Adam Boyes believes multiplatform publishing is key to a developer's success

Adam Boyes, Sony Computer Entertainment's VP of publisher and developer relations, has said console exclusive games are merely for bragging rights, and serve no benefit otherwise.


Speaking during a keynote address at this year's IndieCade, as reported on by Gamasutra, Boyes said that although exclusives could be used to boost hardware sales, locking games to a single platform serves no real benefit in the long run.

"Right now exclusives are just a way for [console makers] to brag louder," said Boyes.

"Nobody gains from exclusivity in perpetuity."

Sony owns thirteen fist-party studios, from Naughty Dog to Polyphony, which continually create exclusive exclusive content for PlayStation devices. It has also managed to negotiate with numerous indie studios, such as Jonathan Blow's Number None, to provide their games on PlayStation 4 before they emerge on Xbox One.

Boyes went on to suggest that multiplatform publishing is key to the success of a developer, and this is something Sony is encouraging.

"Developers now have the option to deliver on a huge number of platforms," he continued.

"We want developers to be successful."

Boyes appeared on stage during the Sony's E3 2013 conference to evangelise the platform holder's efforts to connect with indie developers. He also introduced a number of indie games that are making their console debuts on PS4. Although many of the titles revealed are appearing first on Sony's new console, they are also either already available on PC or scheduled to be released for PC and Xbox One.

The list includes Transistor, the next game from Bastion developer Supergiant Games; Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve; Tribute Games' Mercenary Kings; Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses, a studio comprised of DePaul University graduates and Switchblade Monkeys' Secret Ponchos.

Ragtag Studios' Ray's The Dead; Red Barrel's Outlast; from Oddworld: New N' Tasty from Oddworld Inhabitants; Galak-Z from 17-bit Games are also leading the indie charge on PS4.

Sony has confirmed a PS4 release date of November 15 in the US and November 29 in Europe. The console will be available in 32 countries this holiday priced at £349 / €399 / $399.