Telegraph: Sony’s PlayStation 3 could lose the battle of the games consoles, as it struggles to convince independent gaming groups to invest in its technology.
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide, has admitted that the electronics giant underestimated the support it needed from third-party publishers – companies that make games for Sony, such as Electronic Arts and Ubisoft.
Around 30pc of PS3 games are developed, published and distributed by Sony-owned ‘first-party’ publishers – such as the racing video game Gran Turismo – leaving the vast majority of games provided by external parties. The long-awaited Grand Theft Auto IV, for example, was launched by independent group Take-Two for both PS3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
However, in an interview with a gaming website, Mr Yoshida said: “Sometimes we struggle to convince them (third-party publishers) to put more resources into the PSP.”
He added: “We know there’s a lot more that we can do, and with the massive growth of the industry we understand that third party publishers have so many choices, many more than they have resources.”
Sony’s biggest rival consoles are Microsoft’s Xbox and the Nintendo Wii, which have provided fierce competition ever since the botched launch of the PS3 last year.
Technical problems delayed the launch by six months, putting it behind the release of Microsoft’s Xbox.
In an attempt to dismiss the overwhelming success of the Xbox launch compared with that of the PS3, Mr Yoshida told GamesIndustry.biz: “Because the 360 hardware was out earlier, the games were built based on 360 architecture. But still, they must have been planning to…release (the PS3 game) at the same time with the same quality. So they massively underestimated the effort that was needed to re-architect the game to property take advantage of the PS3′s multi-core architecture.”