Game Developers Shifting to PC and New Consoles, Especially PS4, in Europe

A GDC Europe study also shows that European developers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding, and that developers are favoring the PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One.

In anticipation of the Game Developers Conference Europe in August, GDC has released a new "European State of the Industry" study that found that European developers are moving over to current-gen consoles and PC. But this isn't a balanced distribution across the platforms: they seem to favor the PlayStation 4 slightly over the Xbox One, with 33 percent of developers stating that they are planning on developing for the PS4, as opposed to 23 percent for the Xbox.

Some of the findings include:

  • The vast majority of European developers are currently making games for the PC and mobile platforms. 58 percent of surveyed companies are currently working on a PC title, and 65 percent are developing for mobile.
  • Both consoles are gaining developers, but the PS4 has the edge. Almost 20 percent are currently producing a title for the PS4 and 33 percent expect their next games to be on the console.
  • In contrast, only 13 percent of surveyed developers are working on a game for the Xbox One right now, and only 23 percent expect to release their next games on the system.
  • Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly accepted form of financially supporting a game's development. A full 41 percent of all European developers surveyed are planning on using crowdfunding for future games.

GDC Europe takes place from August 11-13 in Germany. Keep an eye on GameSpot for coverage of the event when it happens next month.

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266 comments
donmega1
donmega1

Cant wait till pc gaming is back the way it should be. I mean, I didnt pay 2500 bucks just to play crappy console games.

ashxgeist
ashxgeist

@donmega1 You just better hope they don't continue the trend of toning down the graphics on PC games to make console games look equal, otherwise, that lofty purchase will be for nothing when it's not being fully utilized.

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

@Baconelite Though America is the only region that's keeping Xbox One afloat, it's only a matter of time before everyone in America converts to PS4, too.

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

What was the error rate of this study, and how many developers were questioned? Without that information the results of this study should be taken with a grain of salt. And im not saying that as a fan of the x1, I prefer the ps4. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

"A full 41 percent of all European developers surveyed are planning on using crowdfunding for future games" Huh, crowdfunding is really no longer just something a more-creativity-than-cash indie developer is targeting to be able to make his game a reality. I didn't know it was that widespread, but we mostly only hear about the established companies, with nostalgia ridden and (probably) successful kickstarters.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I can't say I blame them. The ps4 is easier to develope for, and has a larger install base. See you later last gen, it was fun while it lasted.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Why wouldn't they?  The PS4 is better than the Bone.  And the PC is the best platform of all.


Shame about the mobile garbage though.

jako998
jako998

Well this isn't new. I got an Xbox one and im loving my purchase of it. I just already knew that Developers would favor PS4 over Xbox one.. Sadly.

souporman-
souporman-

Crowdfunding has gotten out of hand. I'll be glad when this horrific mobile fad passes.

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

@souporman- While I agree that too much crap comes out every month now due to crowd funding, I still like for the few good games it has produced.  

northArrow
northArrow

While I don't like the idea much either, I find it better than the alternative right now. Currently the big name developers and publishers aren't interested in anything new or different, they're afraid of taking risks and it's strangling the gaming industry.

This is why we get the same franchises over and over again with recycled, boring  content - or when we do get a game with a new name, it's usually just another generic shooter.

If it werent' for crowdfunding we'd see a lot of different gaming genres go extinct, (survival horror, RPG's, Strategy games just to name a few)

warriors30
warriors30

I love both, console and PC gaming, but as we speak none of the games available on PS4 and Xbox One (is the Wii U still a thing?) have swayed me to buy a new console...at least not yet. I'm sure these games will come, but for the moment, the PC is my gaming platform of choice.

I'm from Germany btw.

berserker66666
berserker66666

The numbers don't lie. 9 Million PS4 sold as of July 2nd, 2014. Clearly everyone favors the PS4.

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

Good news. Now the only thing that needs to happen is that the last few xbox developers move over to the Wii U.


No educated person needs Xbox :p

NightmareP3
NightmareP3

PC and Sony have always had an edge in Europe,specially here in Eastern Europe.


I remember back in the days of the Playstation 1 and 2, no one even knew what a N64 and an Xbox  was here since everyone eather gamed on a PS1/PS2 or had a gaming PC.


The only reason the X360 got a bit popular in my country is because of Sony's big f**k up with PS3's launch, no games and insane high price made people search for a cheaper alternative consol but since Sony is now back in the saddle, have alot more exclusives compared to Xbox, are cheaper and have pretty good support for eastern european countries like mine (Croatia) many people just immedeatly jumped back to Playstation this new generation, christ Sony's online store even support my small country's currency which is Kunas, even Steam which i love alot doesn't support my currency instead i  have to use Euros.


Xbox is a brand that's primarly popular in the U.S. because it's a product made for US gamers and no one else with stuff like Netflix,doritors,mountain dew etc. things which only exist in the U.S. Canada and maybe the UK but that's about it.


I laughted pretty hard when i watched the MS conference last year when they talked about s**t that doesn't even exist in the rest of the world, all that Microsoft keeps doing is Alienating gamers from other countries everytime they show up a stage. If microsoft wants to actully start selling their Consol more in Europe and Asia, they need to start partnering with EU and Asian services and brands because forcing down American services that nobody knows about here won't get you anywhere

astro64th
astro64th

@NightmareP3  But you know, this isn't much different from how many Japanese developers used to operate. To some extent, especially with RPG developers, they still do. They create everything towards the Japanese market with no real eye on how it'll be perceived by the West. The characters and humor are fully Japanese, they worry about whether it will even translate to Western or non-Japanese speakers once the product is already finished. Then it's just a matter of marketing and hoping that niche otaku audiences in the rest of the world will eat it up.

Now of course this mentality has been going on for a long time and predates the Xbox brand, so gamers are used to it now and many of them love Japanese games and that side of the industry has a lot of support (albiet niche compared to say, Gears of War or Halo). But when you think about it, it's not much different than how Microsoft now operates, with the focus being the United States, they then worry about the rest of the world later.

You'll recall that Shigeru Miyamoto himself was told by experts that Pocket Monster would never sell outside of Japan. American gamers in particular would have no interest in this collect-a-thon full of Japanese humor and cutesy animal-creatures who repeat their names in the Japanese anime where characters routinely "fall down" onscreen in reaction as part of the built-in humor of the show.

But the reality is that America, and the world, LOVED Pokemon, and it was that very Japanese nature that appealed to them.

It's harder to leverage the American-ness of Xbox when "Western" game development is mostly similar across the board with what's coming out of Europe (read: Grand Theft Auto. If you don't know better you assume it's made by Americans, and is not actually British). But I think it's a similar mindset. Nintendo in many ways still has this mindset (look at Tomadochi Life. A purely Japanese game). So I don't fault Microsoft for it. America, just like Japan, is a big enough market to support you fully.

Remember when SNK pulled out of the U.S. and disappeared for a while and solely focused on Japan? Microsoft tried REALLY hard to make inroads into Japan with the original Xbox. I think ever since then they've cared less about the rest of the world (especially Asia) and have focused primarily on the American market and creating brands that appeal to Americans but Europeans may also enjoy, recognizing that if the Xbox does sell in Europe or other countries, that's great, but they aren't banking on it so they're focus is primarily on the American market.

digishah
digishah

No surprise there, I remember CDProject Red mentioning how PC gaming was more popular in Europe than console gaming. I mean everyone owns a PC in one form or another but console are considered as a somewhat luxury item.

archav3n
archav3n

Games on Multiplatform=Smart Developer

Games on Exclusive=Dumb


I don't hate any platform. I hate exclusives. I want all games to be multi-platform.

Tech-head
Tech-head

@archav3n

Unfortunately, differentiation means profitability for corporations competing in the same space.

meatz666
meatz666

@archav3n Preaching for multiplatform is preaching for more power to publishers, and less to console makers. I don't agree. It's not empowering devs or consumers.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@RSM-HQ @archav3n Plus you can actually do optimization on that one platform, so the game runs better and looks better.


Also it lets you release your games faster.  More platforms = longer dev times.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@pongley @meatz666 @archav3n Someone who has all the platforms has no issue playing all games.  You're talking about poor gamers who only get consoles for christmas.

rob19ny
rob19ny

@archav3n Because porting is free and simple and brings the game to its fullest potential and it doesnt matter if a certain version of the game doesnt sell and is left on shelves because what matters is that its available to everyone.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@archav3n Exclusives have one massive upside. And that's spending the development time making it a worth while game on one device. Rather than burn time and money porting the game on everything day one. 


Many of these exclusive games trump multiplatform for a reason.

meatz666
meatz666

@pongley @meatz666 @archav3n You are able. You buy a console, and play it's games. The generalization of games to run on every platform know to man makes the quality of the games drop. 

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

I'd like to see that dev list lol, bet it's more garage indie's than AAA devs.  And for that, I could care less :D

pork7
pork7

Even at equal prices, why would anyone buy an xBoner? It's inferior tech.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@pork7 Because some people like playing Halo & Gear of War.


Tech should have nothing to do on why you buy a console. It's about the games!

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@rorytmeadows Even though I went with PS4 they are some pretty kick ass features. But games do tend to be the deciding factor in my experience.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@isane-bishop I know right? Apparently some people don't buy a 'gaming device' for games >_>

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@k1fry67  It's the PS4 gamers who keep these silly things going. they want to act like graphics don't really matter when it suits them, but they're consoles so it's silly.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@EasyComeEasyGo PS4 owners are fine fella, even I admit though fanboys of any side are annoying. 

vampiricxx
vampiricxx

Yea man, i know. I just get sick of it for real. I like talking about games, not doing PR for companies

k1fry67
k1fry67

@lonesamurai1 Exactly, thats why this "console war" is retarded. My PC is already much more powerful than any One/PS4. 1.8Tflops is as ridiculous as 1.4Tflops in 2014, it's freaking laughable.


My PC with it's dual GPU is about 8tflops ....

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Both consoles have inferior technology, It shouldn't even come down to graphics and technology on them, it should come down to which offers better games and services.

pspearman
pspearman

@vampiricxx I think everyone on this site plays their part in making this a terrible place for actual discussion.


It's all well highlighting the Xbox defence force, but they wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the Sony troll force.

vampiricxx
vampiricxx

I usually dont pay much attention to the names of people commenting on this site, but i always seem to see you on every article waging the xbox one holy war. I have a ps4 ,pc, AND xbox one and i still find your comments riduculous. So please stop ruining the environment, go enjoy your xone. Youre not any less of a person for owning one and other people arent any less for not owning one. People like what they like. You dont have to defend yout console to the death kid.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@lonesamurai1 I'm a PS4 owner and graphics has always been the least concern. Not sure what nonsense you're referencing? 


But rest assure random fanboys on GS with any gaming preference, 'yourself included on a P.C. domination quest' is the minority. 


Nice term for this- "Don't throw everyone on one boat"


If you don't like consoles though? Congrates. 


Everyone has what they like and dislike. But giving a decent reason why you dislike consoles would surely help aid clarity? 


You have an Avatar of a dated P.C. game after all, I'm guessing you still play? Even with graphic MODs it's barely PS3 standards. . So constantly thumbing down current consoles daily for inferior graphics is laughable no?


Whatever battle you think your fighting in your posts is futile Lone, preference will always be King.

RedStar
RedStar

@pspearman @vampiricxx Or vice versa. I've seen my fair share of xbox1 trolls.


But regardless, to scroll down and find a serious discussion on these nowadays is like finding gold in your backyard....