God of War 4 and Siphon Filter 4 demonstrate Sony’s first-party reliance

Posted on Jan 29 2012 - 4:15pm by Eric Guzman


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2011 was an incredible year for gaming, especially for Sony. PlayStation 3 owners suffered battered pockets throughout the year; it was truly a Gamepocalyse. Sony hammered gamers with exclusive after exclusive: Uncharted 3Little Big Planet 2Kill Zone 3Infamous 2Socom 4… the list goes on. And 2012 looks like it will repeat the set trend. Sony’s 2012 line up looks stellar with StarhawkSly CooperTwisted MetalThe Last of Us, and hopefully The Last Guardian (don’t hold your breath). Rumblings on the internet are hinting toward God of War 4, and the latest issue of PLAY states that a Syphon Filter 4 announcement is coming next month. That’s a lot of PS3 goodness.

Sony has cultivated some of the best studios and has created a system that keeps these studios churning out exclusives. To be exact, there are 15 studios that provide exclusive’s for Sony’s machine, all of which have their share of Triple A titles, and provide original IP (intellectual property) for the console. This in-house policy is the reason for the PlayStation 3’s resurgence (along with a few price drops over the years). Is this a blessing or a curse?

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This platform exclusive dependence is very similar to Nintendo’s, and although it’s successful, it can also isolate Sony from the rest of the market. Similar to the Wii, Sony’s reliance on exclusives, stem from developers’ inability to work with the platform. This was especially true during the PlayStation 3’s infancy; three glaring examples are F.E.A.RBayonetta, and Splinter Cell Double Agent. Compared to their Xbox 360 game counterparts, these ports suffered lower frame rates, slowdown, and horrible load times. This, sometimes, was the result of developers porting the PlayStation 3 version of their games from the Xbox 360.

Recently, we saw the Skyrim debacle, and in a way it shone a light on the correlation between rising first-party exclusives, and the decrease in third-party sales on the console. In fact, Vgchartz clearly shows that third-party titles tend to sell more on the Xbox 360. There are a number of contributing factors for that (including far less 360 exclusives), but PlayStations 3′s reputation with ports cannot be overlooked. Sony always has a few exclusives games in the works throughout the year. This consistency is exactly what separates the PlayStation 3 from the Wii and Xbox 360.

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Don’t be surprised if you see Kratos in the near future.

If there is an official announcement God of War 4 and Syphon Filter 4 next month, it will be to no one’s surprise. First-party exclusive excellence is the standard Sony has set for itself, and it will continue to follow that standard as it has delivered much success. For now Sony is giving us its standard answer, it does not comment on rumor or speculation, but if the news breaks we’ll be there.

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  1. Tanto January 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM - Reply

    its a shame only 10 percent of there made games were any good.

    Uncharted 3 and imfamous were it

    “Nintendo has failed at giving gamers a steady stream of first party
    titles. Last year we saw Zelda: Skyward Sword, Fatal Frame 4: Mask of
    the Lunar Eclipse, and The Last Story–all of which were not that great,
    minus Skyward Sword. O”

    last story was not good? WHAT? And
    they are purposely ignoring handheld exclusives because yes nintendo
    does support many systems with first party exclusives.

    This article is flame bate with no factual point

    • Jonathan Stoffregen January 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Reply

      “its a shame only 10 percent of there made games were any good” 10%? killzone 3 was steller so was LBP2 socom 4 and UC3 sucked though :/ (compared to the previous ones)

      • Gchj January 29, 2012 at 6:23 PM - Reply

        KZ3 is  horrible compared to KZ2. Killzone 2 is the best first person shooter this gen.

        • Jonathan Stoffregen January 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM - Reply

          true it was crap compared to KZ2 (they Call of dutyed it) but it was still a good FPS in general

        • Dixie Normous January 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM - Reply

          Not horrible, it was less memorable but the Singleplayer was alot better than Kz2.

          • jimmybob June 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM -

            I laugh at you people. How much time do you have to argue about ps3 and xbox 360? Answer: too much. Get a life.

          • Nicholas Gatewood July 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM -

            The specific guy you responded to wasn’t arguing about the PS3 or the 360. Heck, no one in this string of comments and responses starting with Jonathan Stoffregen’s have said anything about the 360 vs the PS3.
            Get a life yourself.

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      • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM - Reply

        I played shitzone and I extremely bored that I decided not to touch any shitzone ever again.

    • Curtis Isabell January 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM - Reply

      uncharted is garbage. its not fun.. it would be more fun to watch someone play it then play it yourself (assuming they don’t die and know where to go).
      also has 0 replay value. multiplayer sucks.

      lets play uncharted
      jump around randomly, suddenly switch to clunky gears of war mode, back to jumping around.

      wii had no really good games 2011. skyward sword was ok but didn’t compare to skyrim, should have been more open world.

      • Leon Jones January 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM - Reply

        Skyrim was and still is a complete piece of garbage. At least Uncharted and Skyward has great story and characters. The gameplay is great too

        Skyrim… garbage story, garbage gameplay.

        Lets play Skyrim:

        Oh.. go into this dungeon/camp/drawven ruins and fetch me this thing. Switch to clunky melee combat, boring enemies… oh look another falmer…. oh look a bandit…. BUT HE CAN SHOOT SPELLS AT ME!  And then look, a dragon that you fight the same way over and over again.

        Dragon rend, melee, dragon rend melee, repeat

        Thats all skyrim is, an overated piece of garbage.

        And I put 145 hours into it, time I will never get back

        • Guest January 30, 2012 at 3:36 AM - Reply

          Skyrim was only crap on…THE PS3. See the trend there?

          • Sycho_sams January 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM -

            Because the UI was FUCKING AMAZING on PC, amirite? Also… the story was sooo much better on everything but PS3… ‘Cause you know, fuck logic!? Why the fuck is Skyrim worse on PS3? I just don’t get it… it’s the same game. Also… Skyrim was a VERY GOOD sandbox, but it’s the worst storytelling/combat experience these days. First: The game was so simplistic that combat was just point and click… There’s NO SKILL in Skyrim. Second: The story was so shallow and boring that no one gave a fuck and just wandered off. 

          • coat June 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM -

            No it’s just crap on whatever system it’s on. What has the PS3 got to do with it…? Glitches? That doesn’t make a good game crap, only annoying or unplayable at most. But a dung is a dung regardless.

        • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM - Reply

          you at least seems to be intelligent about that dung. the reason why such a piece of dung is even mentioned is because the gaming industry is full of retarded scumbags.

      • Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM - Reply

        Yeah, speak for yourself, I platinum’d Uncharted 1, 5 times.  It has plenty of replay value.  Sounds like someone’s been suckling at the MS teat for a tad too long.

        • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM - Reply

          or maybe you’re suckling at the sony teat for a tad too long. ever thought about that?

    • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM - Reply

      I agree mostly except for infamous which was crap.

  2. Curtis Isabell January 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM - Reply

    good games of 2011 as follows:

    1. Skyrim fun for over 100 hours.
    everything else
    fun for less then 40 hours

    • coat June 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM - Reply

      you’re pathetic.

  3. Eric January 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM - Reply

    Interesting thing but do you guys think this closed door approach will hurt Sony in the long run??

    • Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM - Reply

      I think it’s great, actually.  Sony doesn’t have to rely on 3rd parties, and they eventually come crawling back for permission to release games on their platform because…as whores usually do, they’re just interested in money and 50+ million potential buyers is simply too much for them to resist.  

      Good news for Sony and it’s fans though, as Sony can make any ‘exclusive’ developer create new content in order to obtain a license.  It’s worked pretty well thus far.  Though, I also bought a gaming rig, so any multi-platform games I may want to buy, I get for PC, first and foremost (unless it’s a Street Fighter/Tekken/King of Fighters type game).  All of my friends have gaming PC’s too (we’re not kids), so it works out better this way.

    • Nicholas Gatewood July 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM - Reply

      I don’t feel they have a closed door approach, they just messed up with the Cell processor being alien technology. The Vita is currently the single easiest platform to develop a game for and their PS4 will undoubtedly be just as developer-friendly. They’ve learned their lesson, as soon as the PS3′s out of the market they’re going to be on top again. Their business practices regarding third-party developers are the best in the industry, that’s not going to change next generation.

      The PS4 will be the king of the industry next year. Sony made three bad slip-ups in the price of a launch PS3, with the Cell processor architecture being so foreign to developers and with their release of the PS3 being over a year after the launch of the 360- they’ve learned their lessons, they will not repeat them.

  4. Cbrate January 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM - Reply

    When the only other option is to rely on poor ports of multiplat games, is there really any other choice?

  5. Bob Ericson January 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM - Reply

    “Is Sony too dependent on PS3 exclusives?”

    This is a stupid question. That’s like saying “Is PSN too free?”
    You see how stupid it sounds?

    • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM - Reply

      No it isn’t. with exclusives like theirs, it would be very to depend on them.

  6. Jimmy January 29, 2012 at 6:52 PM - Reply

    Sony’s exclusives suck and don’t deliver on their overhype. If they continue then it will soon be over for the paupered Sony PlayStation brand. NO developer likes likes to program for the PS architecture, not even the forced first parties.

    • Mantas January 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM - Reply

      you are an idiot. plain and simple.

      • Guest January 30, 2012 at 3:33 AM - Reply

        The truth hurts doesn’t it poor pauperfanboy!

      • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM - Reply

        don’t call others idiots if you’re an idiot.

    • Dxman13 January 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM - Reply

      Little Jimmy, it’s ok to hate, go play your Xtoy!!!!!

    • candymanisking January 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM - Reply

      ernt wrong again thats why xbox only gears of war guys are so happy to be working on the ps3 … come on now u guys r straight tools

    • Jterrero96 January 30, 2012 at 9:02 PM - Reply

      your such a retard and tool i had xbox and it was so boring i switched to ps3 and enjoy all the exclusives i own like infamous 1&2 uncharted 1,2&3 which i got this year and am planning on getting starhawk which will bust all xbox multiplayer games, and sadly you and many others are tools cause MC dont care about thier fans in the end theyll be getting $8 a day or $30 every 3 months or $60 dollars a year so theyll care less about sending out any new exclusives thats why theyre milking halo. i played 1,2,3 it ended in 3 but all you retards buy halo odst, reach, halo wars and now 4 for a rushed campaign and the same multiplayer from the first only with little additions like a jetpack oooo and shields have fun too with ur kid focused kinect too which is the only new exclusivesyou get dineyland adventures, sesame once upon a monster, starwars adventures or whatever its called, its sad how they show this at E3 and tv commercials as is if its something to be proud of, it proves xbox is for little kids

      • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM - Reply

        that’s why sony started flooding their console with their turd; because there are loads of retarded scumbags like you.

  7. Porno-On-Da-BigSreen January 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM - Reply

    i own a ps3, i could care less, as long as i got my porno saved on it i’ll be ok

  8. Josh Robertson January 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM - Reply

    Pretty funny that, in 2006, 2007 and even 2008 people trolled PS3 owners with the meme “PS3 haz no gaemz” 
    Now that the PS3 has tons of games, “PS3 haz too many gaemz, they don’t sell, 360 needs no exclusivez to sell awesomely” 
    Utter nonsense, but not surprising really when you look at the fools who spout those lines.Stupid article is stupid.

    • Eric Guzman January 29, 2012 at 11:49 PM - Reply

      Did you read the entire article, I’m actually giving Sony credit and agreeing that it is doing an amazing job. “Sony has cultivated some of the best studios and has created a system that keeps these studios churning out exclusives. To be exact, there are 15 studios that provide exclusive’s for Sony’s machine, all of which have their share of Triple A titles, and provide original IP (intellectual property) for the console. This in-house policy is the reason for the PlayStation 3’s resurgence”

    • Guest January 30, 2012 at 3:44 AM - Reply

      Because, like it or not you PoS3 fanboy, the sales numbers reveal this exactly. The PS3 ended up in last place in 2011 AGAIN for a clear reason.

      • Misterchoc January 30, 2012 at 4:29 AM - Reply

        Let me guess, you only considered US sales? Globally PS3 ended up in second place after the DS this year. And since it was released one year after the X360, it pretty much means it’s got a higher sales per year average.

        • James January 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM - Reply

          Let me guess, you’re quoting imaginary numbers like alle the other clueless PS3 fanboys? MS anounced that they were console number 1 with a reason and globally PS3 ended behind the Xbox 360 by about 200.000 units. NeoGAF released the numbers to prove it. Good luck with your blind $ony following! It will be your end one day and many people will welcome it. Jim Sterling wasn’t lying PS3 fanboys are complete idiots, you guys prove it every single time.

          • Rockwall January 30, 2012 at 8:22 AM -

            according to 
             VGChartz, sony was #1 in consoles sold worldwide in 2011

          • Jimmy January 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM -

            VGC are nothing but unreliable guestimates. The amount of corrections that happen on that site prove it. Poor playstation fanboys are grasping at straws.

          • Dxman13 January 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM -

            But when if its Xbox being #1 on VGchartz, you give em credit, don’t you fool!!!!!

          • Seriously? January 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM -

            Because Microsoft says so.  LMFAO – You’re too funny.

          • Dxman13 January 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM -

            @ Guest & James- The only Idiots in here are you 2 & Sterling, the 360 came way before the PS3, PS3 is in last place, but it managed to sell year per year, plus it’s the most active system of the 2, so in other words, yeah, you Xbox fanboys lost in a technical & ownership stand-point…. The Kinect is what mostly kept Microsoft active in sales & that dumb COD DLC, because MS is following Nintendo’s footsteps, they don’t care about you sorry ass idiots lol!!!!!

          • Titan318i February 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM -

            All I see is Sony losing over half of their market share and MS doubling theirs.  So Sony almost getting 2nd is kind of a Fail.  As for world sales, sure it’s great that Playstation is popular in Japan, I personally like playing against people I know, but I’m sure Japan sales mean something…

            Also PS2 released almost a year after Dreamcast and they just destroyed that system.

            Sony value in 2000, around 100bil, 2011, around 18bil.  It’s a dying company, joining the ranks of blockbuster and blackberry.

          • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM -

            Now Sony gained almost all of the market share ( theoretically ) ( PS4 ) while Microsoft has almost lost all theirs ( Xbox One ), LOL. It’s sad because Microsoft has the best exclusives. :(

          • candymanisking January 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM -

             lol ms ppl r losers get over ur 3 million sale lead which means nothing … 600 bucks ps3 was when it droped and year later u do the math ps3 would be in the lead not to mention sony didnt ship out 15 million defected systems and know about it … but no one talks about that  nor do they talk about the what was it over billion dollars ms lost in bad systems its retarded and this been going on way to long … the games the graphics developers all swaying towards ps3 for a reason .. .with out ms tossing there money around they wouldnt have  crap to talk about and ms them selfs said over 80 percent of there lives users play call of duty how sad is that …… good day trolls 

          • Research is good, mmkay January 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM -

            As a whole the PS3 is behind xbox in around 4 million units. Now PS3 released almost a year later in NA and little later in EU so on average that gives xbox sales figure of around little over 9 million a year and PS3 10 million and a little more a year with the totals being 64,3 for xbox and 61.2 for PS3. Now this alone shows that in fact PS3 has sold more on average a year than xbox and those sales figures are also affected by the fact that Microsoft claims every changed xbox on warranty to be a new sale for them. Taking in account of huge numbers of RROD in beginning on xbox  s life and still last year 17% of xbox failed as PS3 had a failure rate of 8% and i have actually rounded the xbox rate down and PS3 rate up. Figures can be found on VGchartz and lazygamer and nofussreviews sites.

            I don’t care about the console wars anymore but I would still like to keep the facts straight.

        • Swinny February 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM - Reply

          man, if the ps3 only had 2 exclusives for a whole year, them two would sell ALOT MORE. think about it, dumb fan boy loooooool

          • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM -

            It depends on on what exclusives they have. With theirs, they’d sell LESS than if they had no exclusives at all. LOL

      • Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM - Reply

        Who are you calling a fanboy? Do you personally benefit from 360 sales? Why the hell would any gamer care about what you said? As the owner of both systems my 360 has been collecting dust since Gears 3, and it will continue to collect dust until Halo 4.

      • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM - Reply

        If it’s because of their exclusives, then it’s no wonder.

    • Titan318i February 1, 2012 at 12:55 AM - Reply

      The more Sony can put out the better, but I think they should switch up the strategy next gen on how they are released.

      05 to 08 Xbox provided exclusives and typically better multi-plats, this was important since top notch 3rd party games were pretty limited.  Now in 2011 PS3 has released tons of exclusives at pretty much the same time as better multi-plats like batman, bf3, and skyrim were released.  This wouldn’t be a big deal, but poor sales on many like Socom, Resistance, Ratchet, etc are not good for those developers.
      It would appear Xbox did things wrong, but in 07 an xbot had tons to play and a sony fan, not so much, now in 2011 an xbot has tons of multi-plats to play, few exclusives, and sales show sony fans are playing the same multi-plats but still with issues on their versions.

  9. Samuel Grene January 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Agreeing with Bob here. Also I love console exclusives! Although I tend to favour sony exclusives, it’s what differentiates the consoles. 

  10. CealX January 29, 2012 at 9:37 PM - Reply

    Erick guzman you are stupid. Enuff said. Did i read this article no. The title says enough

    • coat June 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM - Reply

      The way you spelled ‘enough’ suggests you’re the one who’s stupid…

  11. Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM - Reply

    Sony’s exclusives are the only reason to buy the console, likewise with the 360, and the Wii.  If every game made was multi-platform, I’d only buy a console (Sony) for fighting games (Sony’s D-pad > All), the rest I’d get for PC (You know, that thing you have in your house anyway, that is upgradeable).

    Quite honestly though, Sony’s exclusives are more than worth the price of admission.  Coming from someone who bought a launch 60g for the sole purpose of playing Gran Turismo 5, everything else has been bonus.  And considering I’m educated, I knew that GT5 would take time to come out, so it’s dev time didn’t bother me in the slightest.  Uncharted?  Resistance?  LBP?  InFamous?  Wipeout HD?  Warhawk?  Heavy Rain?  God of War?  All worth it.

    • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM - Reply

      LOL!!! Really…? you have crappy taste…

  12. JWeinCom January 30, 2012 at 3:18 AM - Reply

    I’m not entirely sure what the point you were trying to make is.  Early PS3 games didn’t suffer because of Sony’s first party studios.  They suffered because the PS3 is a more complicated machine, and Microsoft’s head start meant that most games start their life on the 360. 

    As for why third party games sell better on the 360, it’s probably because there are more 360s out there.  While the overall global figues are rather close, Microsoft has a decent lead in the US and Europe.  The reason Sony is still close to Microsoft is because they have a large lead in Japan, but that’s pretty irrelevant when it comes to Skyrim or Call of Duty.  When you look at Eastern developed games, like Street Fighter IV, Devil May Cry 4, Final Fantasy XIII, and even Bayonetta, the sales are in PS3′s favor.  As for the Wii, I don’t see its relevance here.  Maybe that’s a topic for another article.

    As for Sony’s closed door policy, I don’t think that exists.  Developers were initially reluctant to work with the PS3 due to its architecture and install base, but that’s pretty much over.  Virtually every major third party game comes out for the X-Box and PS3 these days.  Valve was outspoken about their support for the PS3 but now are developing for it.  Same thing with 2K, which seems to be adding features to Bioshock infinite for PS3 owners.  Mortal Kombat has an exclusive character for PS3 and Street Fighter x Tekken is set to have 5.  So it seems Sony is doing quite well with third party developers.

    If anything Microsoft’s poor job at producing exclusives, letting Epic and Bungie go multiplat, is a bigger detriment than Microsoft than Sony’s “dependence” on first/second party software is for them.

    • JWeinCom January 30, 2012 at 3:19 AM - Reply

      Valve was outspoken about their lack of support rather

    • Guest January 30, 2012 at 3:41 AM - Reply

      Most developers are still (and even more) reluctant to work on PS3 because Cell support has been dropped across the ENTIRE computer industry. The only developers that are forced to are the first parties and even among them there has been a lot of swearing.

    • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM - Reply

      No they suffered because sony is so cheap and would only partner with cheap shit ‘studios’.

  13. Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 3:29 AM - Reply

    I think the article is living in the past.  Multiplats used to struggle with performance on PS3 in 06 and 07, and a bit in 08, but these days beyond a few, they’re either parity or in some cases better on PS3.  As for sales, some franchises do well, others not so much, but there are a number of 3rd-party franchises that sell better on PS3 (and not no-name titles – I’m talking both recent Batman games, Assassin’s Creed 2, FIFA 12 – All big titles – and racing, sports and fighting games often do better on PS3).

    And that’s most of your argument shot down.  It’s a far cry from the Ninty situation, where it’s first-party and a few 3rd-party gems, and mainly shovelware. In many ways, it’s the best of both worlds  - quality first-party and quality and wide range of third-party.

  14. Matthew Riches January 30, 2012 at 3:31 AM - Reply

    Is Chuck Norris too awesome?

  15. DO January 30, 2012 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    I think you’re making abit too much of technological problems. They’re very rare now, especially among bigger developers/publishers (EA and 2K for example). Platinum’s budget was basically done so they didn’t have the resources to port Bayonetta themselves so they outsourced it (to a pretty shitty developer). Vanquish on the other hand had no problems at all.
    The only reason multi-platform games do better on the 360 most of the time (not in the case of Catherine, Mortal Kombat or LA Noire though, interestingly), is because of America and the popularity of the Halo series (which has led to so many Americans buying the American system - patriotism plays a part too, I think, but I won’t get into that). Outside of America the PS3 dominates, both in console sales and multiplatform sales. 

    Sony just need to market their exclusives better, but really, they’re in a very good position as this gen closes out. 360 owners are getting disgruntled at Microsoft’s lack of effort with exclusives compared to the competition. Sony on the other hand are realising that relying on their own studios instead of paying a premium for full exclusivity, rather, smartly only going for exclusive content with companies like EA (SSX on the PS3 for example, with the extra mountain, has more pre-orders than the 360 version) is the way to “win”.

  16. Will Game January 30, 2012 at 8:08 AM - Reply

    Ok kinda lame article the headline ask the question “Is Sony too dependent on PS3 exclusives?”

    of course they are but the article only sound like a ps3 fanboy basking in ps3 goodies.  95% of what is written is why ps3 is great 4% on nintendo and x360 lack of exclusives.  1% based on the articles intention.  you didn’t even close the article out.

    something like with all these exclusives the amount of hardware sales between the ps3 and xbox were within a small percentage.  what do you think sony can do to make it more appealing?

  17. Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    First off, I hate articles that start with a question.  I read articles because I want to be informed not be asked questions.  That is your job to ask questions and seek answers as well as churn it into a piece of content worth reading.

    Sony has a vast network of development talent.  Why wouldn’t they take advantage of that?  Would you prefer they just purchase all their exclusives and toss some money at a studio?  It’s not a reliance on exclusives, that is a strategy.  They want to offer the PS3 gamer experiences that you can’t get elsewhere.

    So yes Sony relies on a strategy, much the same way MS relies on paying Activision for COD bonuses.  Or much the way MS relied on the RROD to increase their market-share. :)

  18. Sycho_sams January 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    Sorry… But this is one of the most retarded articles I have ever read. EVERY console EVER is dependent on their exclusives… do you think anyone would buy a console if they could get the same + exclusives somewhere else? Also, at the end of the article you derive form the main question. You suddenly start talking about rumored exclusives. This is just piss-poor journalism. Fact.

    • Eric January 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM - Reply

      Sadly you missed the point I was actually giving Sony props on cultivating its talent, I also gave Sony props for staying consistent with its exclusive unlike Nintendo and Microsoft, and not leaving gamers to dry. I raised the question and then went on to show why it’s a great thing, along with some negative effects that it might have on the PlayStation 3.

  19. Ghulam Fareed January 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM - Reply

    Sony’s biggest problem isn’t the exclusives. It is the online interaction, features and services. The Xbox 360 does the online part of things with flying colours. It has a constant rewarding system e.g. you can earn Microsoft points for inviting a friend to join Xbox Live. The achievement system is far better than the trophies that ps3 has. The games on the Xbox 360 aren’t better but certainly have alot more replay value. Look at Gears of War 3 for example, to get all achievements you have to, at least, level up to 100 not once but TWICE! It may not sound much, but Gears 3 is a fine example of constant replay value and rewards intermitting successfully.

    • candymanisking January 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM - Reply

       u guys always talk about ur online service u pay for voice chat and thats the only good thing u have … u pay for the year for what ???? to get spamed with adds and buy this and that … a corny interface that my 8 year old  dont even like … list goes on  last time i checked also i have 360 and them chats go dead alot disconnecting u have someone join and then no one can listen to anyone … its all that dumb shit that makes paying for that non sense dumb just like ppl who pay for it …..  yaaa lets me happy we get demos week before everyone else … come on now ……its just  retarded to keep going on with this battle  if everyone wants to call it that … my ps3 sits ontop of my 360 enough said 

      • Ghulam Fareed February 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM - Reply

        Your entitled to your opinion but the only thing Ps3 is better at is “reliability” (it doesn’t break down as much as the Xbox 360) and “exclusives”. The Xbox 360 beats it in every other department.

  20. jeff scalzo January 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM - Reply

    Eh. Naw.Erhh…maybe.
    I know most people who have a ps3 have it for CoD,Madden/FIFA/the Show and Netflix.Many have a handful of exlcusives like Uncharted, God of War, and some other games that are sequels to games they grew  up with. They use ps3 over 360 because PSN is cheaper at ZERO dollars.  

    That being said the Super Sony Fanboys like me are greatly attracted to the exclusives. The Sony Brand has a subtle yet definitive presence in all of it’s games. As a lad my 5 favorite game series were Spyro the Dragon ,Crash Bandicoot, Medevil, Parappa the Rappa. Obviously mascots for the PS One at a time but I had no loyalty as a 8 year old kid. I played what was fun. Years later I found myself enamored with watching Twisted Metal, Gran Turismo and Syphon Filter videos on youtube(at this point I wasn’t willing to go back and play PS One games cuz I was lazy and I liked pretty things.

    Then on the PS2 the big 3 I loved were Sly, Jak and Ratchet. I was a geeky teenager but whatever. The kids in Junior High didn’t have to know I played these games over the crap they were. I tried Shadows of the Colussus on a request from my friend but I had come to realize he made me buy this just so he could make me watch for 12 sleepless hours throughout one night him beat all 16  colossi…I liked it but I haven’t played it since that killed my appetite for it. Of course PS2 also introduced me to my STILL favorite game series..God of War and KH(GOW3 is still my PS3 fave)

    Flash forward to the PS3 and we got Killzone, Infamous, Uncharted,Resistance, Littlebigplanet, Starhawk,  MORE RATCHET SLY GOD OF WAR AND Twisted Metal,Last Guardian. I stare at the PSvita with intentions in making these games my favorites. Sony makes great games period.  I find myself a small percentage of video game players who is like this. I think more mainstream games such as GOW and Uncharted definitely bolster their population but for the most part the sheer number of exclusives don’t sell more than maybe 2 million copies each. I hope that changes but for the most part Sony’s exclusives only give them  admiration by the core population. 

  21. Joesphine January 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM - Reply

    You and your Microsoft fanboys are assholes.  The reason why Xbox 3shitty sold more is that the US and UK is oversaturated with them.   besides those dumb countries its ps3 all the way.  Also why its dependent on exclusives is that Microsoft is not giving its fair share of video games due to bribes.  Same goes for nintendo but whats making them die out slowly are remakes 24/7. 

  22. Mr. V January 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM - Reply

    Great article. PS3 exclusive games are developed better for the PS3 (which makes a lot of sense). A lot of PS3 exclusive games take advantage of the PS3 Blu-ray capability, which is an area where they try to make up for its slower frame rate than its competitors. Sony made a strategic business move by having more PS3 exclusive games to improve its sales and to satisfy their fan-base and silence their rivals who felt “PS3 haz no gaemz.” All the while I felt it was an interesting read, I just wish more people actually read the article instead of just the title.  

    • Eric Guzman January 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM - Reply

      Greatly appreciated. I think Sony has done an amazing job at offering Original IP’s and maintaining a consistent stream of AAA titles.

  23. Damin martin February 9, 2012 at 12:52 AM - Reply

    I love Sony only because they not only produces PS1, 2, and 3 to us but also they present us incredible gaming experience of God Of War 1, 2 and 3. This is the one game that I love to play all day and purchased PS3 to play GOW 3. You can say I’m a insane fan of PS3 and GOW franchise. Thanks

  24. bxbombers007 February 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM - Reply

    This is such a senseless article.  Exclusives can only help a company.  Sony hasn’t lost any third party support like Nintendo has.  There is no boxing in or isolation like Nintendo.  If it’s on xbox then it’s on ps3 except Gears/Halo.  

    • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM - Reply

      and it’s Gears/Halo that matter. Much, much, much more than sony’s crap. I’ve really sounded like an xbox fan boy, but I’m not. I’ve always preferred PS but not anymore. Only when sony starts investing in much better studios ( not that hard really ), will I prefer both their hardware and software. But that seems unlikely. We’ll wait and see.

  25. Cody February 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM - Reply

    I’m selling my xbox and buying a ps3 this weekend, the 360 doesn’t have enough exclusives and you have to pay for a service sony offers for free on the ps3

    • sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM - Reply

      Your loss…

  26. sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM - Reply

    Even though I prefer the PlayStation, I think their exclusives are crap. I feel more inclined to by a non-sony console than ever. The only games I’m looking forward to on PS4 are Final Fantasy 15 and the Metal Gear games, and they’re not sony exclusives either.

  27. sony games suck June 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    These so called “some of the best studios” are some of the worst ‘studios’ in the gaming industry. Just look at their ‘games’ before sony unwisely ( like usual ) decided to partner them LOL. After sony flooded them with huge budgets, the improved graphical look fooled idiots into thinking that PS’s exclusives are worthwhile. But that’s how the industry is now; immature.

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