Sony loaning out PS4 dev kits to developers free of charge for a year

Various indie development sources say that kits cost $2,500; Sony handing kits out "like candy."

A number of sources have stated on Polygon that some developers aren't paying a cent to use the PlayStation 4 development kit.

PS4 dev kits are loaned out for free, according to a number of undisclosed indie developers.

The dev kit itself costs about $2,500, but Sony is loaning them out for free for a period of one year, according to the company's "Become a Registered Developer" website. Various development sources in the article said that no dev kits have been sold as of yet. "All the indies I know got them for free," said one developer. "Sony has been amazing about kits and development thus far." Another developer stated that the company is "handing them out like candy."

A Sony spokesperson pointed out that the act of self-publishing was available on PlayStation platforms for over five years. "With self-publishing, we keep things really flexible for developers and give them lots of options, including funding through the Pub Fund, which is back-end funding paid upon completion of the game, we waive patch fees for indies and all digital titles and we embrace new business models like F2P, episodic, and subscriptions. We've had more than 500 games self-published on PSN."

Previously, PlayStation 3 dev kits cost between $1,000 and $10,000 with different levels of debug functionality and pricing. Sony will not be changing its self-publishing processes at this point in time.

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Daywalker2K4
Daywalker2K4

It's funny how serious this console war is.  Yet, when you buy a Sony laptop or tablet, it has Windows on it.  Go to the Microsoft store, and you see them selling Sony Vaios.  Go to the Sony store, you see Windows 8 ads.  But when it comes to consoles, it's a whole different story.  

GERMANY21
GERMANY21

That is the best news for me !?! I started a game project at this month and if I be lucky I can publish it for Play station ! Really excited :))))

Loshead
Loshead

THATS FREAKING AWESOME!!!

oskuuu
oskuuu

the picture on this article, what game is it from?

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I just want this season to be over already so I can start looking into their indie side of things without having to use articles as a springboard.

This is all fine and dandy, but WHAT is the process on both systems going to look like?

I've already got my PS4 pre-ordered, did that day one. But I'm not getting an XBOX One untill I am assured that all these policy changes aren't going to affect the system's functionality.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

thats nice....if i was a developer i would be jumping at free dev kits

opinions2
opinions2

I think Sony screwing up so much on the PS3 early days was a good thing.

With the PS2 they were a powerhouse and nobody could touch them. They became arrogant with it when it came to the PS3 and paid a hefty price.

Now with the PS4, they have cleaned off the blood from the battering they got and are coming out with a fantastic set of policies that will mean they will have a lot more respect from gamers. This is another example of what a good ass kicking can do in the long run

tightwad34
tightwad34

I would shell out for a kit if I knew anything about developing games. And more importantly, not being so lazy.

jark888
jark888

I see tons of games rage through Sony and Microsoft new consoles while Nintendo is at stalemate.

untouchables111
untouchables111

People this is what Sony is all about. These kinda steps are what is going to keep ps4 at the top of the , has the best list! Sony is taking all the stops out to show gamers that ps4 is where it's at.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

Hmm, 15 hours and still no press release of Xbox One giving out Xbox One's to devs. I suppose all the announcements of dev's loving the new Indie policies for Xbox One is close enough.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Good move Sony, it will draw the indy's to try the PS4 and gives us gamers more stuff to play with. I can only imagine how much this is gonna cost Sony but for the publicity and the chance to sell tons of PS4's it would be worth it in the long run.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Remember, the Xbone dev kit costs $500

blind59
blind59

BREAKING NEWS: MS announces that they're giving Dev kits to Indie developers for free. "It's been part of our vision since the beginning and we have always had plans to do this"

SureBigBuster
SureBigBuster

Sony says no DRM... MS changes DRM policies. Sony says they love indies.. MS says they actually do love indies and they reconsider and overturn their policies...Get the memo?

inscript
inscript

xbox dev is the xbox one and u can keep it as long as you want



Shengy89
Shengy89

That's one way to launch the system with lots of games to offer. I'm guessing it's a method to grab the market share from MS

Nemesis_47
Nemesis_47

So Sony can profit off your free labor.

NicholasT33
NicholasT33

Sony, "we waive patch fees for indies and all digital titles." Microsoft, makes you pay around 15 Grand per patch. Crazy just crazy.

clynch0527
clynch0527

"The Xbox one is already a dev kit"

Posted a couple days ago

"Update: Microsoft's Marc Whitten clarified to IGN that not all of these features will be available at launch (including the ability to use any console as a dev kit), but the goal is to make the process have "as low of a barrier to entry as possible" for independent developers."

mattress805
mattress805

Great idea to stimulate new types of games, and add to existing genres.

aovannor
aovannor

Who's ready for the article saying Microsoft are doing the same thing next week?

OldKye
OldKye

@Daywalker2K4 That's because they are substitutes much like Coke and Pepsi(Another rather charged battle).

I can't substitute a Sony laptop for a copy of Windows 8 in fact owning one may make me more likely to buy Windows 8 which makes them compliments(They sell each other).

Loshead
Loshead

@opinions2 Seems like microsoft is following sony.  ps2 was a power house, xb360 is the powerhouse now. They thought there balls were big enough to say hey you need internet at all times, you can't borrow or sell your own games, and you have to have this camera on. Seems like there balls weren't that big. 

metal_zombie
metal_zombie

@tightwad34 i bought a rpg maker and little big planet 2 thinking of making some games and found out that it takes a lot of work. It's funny because even shitty games take a lot of work to make.

Hal3x
Hal3x

@SureBigBuster Microsoft is trying to step up their A game after PR blew up in their face at E3. So far they are doing a little good. But that Burn will leave a scar.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@Nemesis_47 ...?  developers design, make, and publish the game, and Sony gets some money from fees. 

How does Sony profit off free labor??

Oh I get it... TROLL.  dam :( 

gaming_binge
gaming_binge

@NicholasT33  actually whats crazy is that a company would release a game that they know is fucked up. And if they didn't know it was fucked up, then that's because they didn't spend enough time testing it.  You wouldn't accept that from any product you would buy in a store, so why cut them any slack? those cheap bastards don't spend as much time as they should having their game more thoroughly tested by the video game testers that they hire.  They just push the shit out the door just to meet a deadline, give me a fucking break.  Look what happened with the xbox 360 when they rushed the system out the door just to gain a time advantage

clynch0527
clynch0527

They say it will come later in the year.  Unless you know, typical microsoft, might change that policy.  Honestly, would be a bad move to change that.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@metal_zombie Imagine how much work the major titles with tons and tons of content would take. And you pretty much summed up why I never pursued a job in the industry. If one was just given to me of course I would take it, but I'm not going to pursue one.

axmantim
axmantim

@gaming_binge @NicholasT33 Gaming_binge you are either a troll, or completely out of touch with the consumer market. Software is not the only thing that gets released too soon, or not tested until they know every possible issue. It's not legitimately possible to test how millions of people will interact with a piece of software, or hardware. The difference is, software gets patched, hardware gets removed from the shelves. Look at everything that has been recalled for one reason or another over the years, cars, toys, food, every industry is capable of it, software just has a different way to fix it.

Warful
Warful

@soulless4now @NicholasT33 In Microsoft's defense, they did in fact change that, especially after Phil Fish went apeshit about FEZ 2 not being released for Xbox One thanks to those patches, and thanks to Sony being Indie-lovers with their PS4.

aovannor
aovannor

@ALCHEMISTx24x7 @aovannor Clever indie devs could easily make that money back though. This allows people with absolutely zero capital to have a shot.. people like recent games design graduates, brand new studios... that sort of thing... and lets not forget the Pub Fund.

If they aren't in a position to pay after a year then they can just hand the kit back. They get the opportunity to try for free and get rewarded if they pull it off... don't have to pay Sony anything if they don't.

Master-Shifu
Master-Shifu

@Hozzyboy  Everyone knows that xbox one too has a development kit but that's not the point what @Hozzyboy tried to make...forget the homework, you need to read the sentences properly and understand the context in which they are made before you run your mouth.

aovannor
aovannor

@Hozzyboy @aovannor So they'll start giving them to indie devs for free then. Have a point before YOU run your mouth.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Thanatos2k lol Seems likes there's a new major change every week. I'll just wait for IGN to make a list of everything since they're usually into that kind of stuff. =P

aovannor
aovannor

@ALCHEMISTx24x7 @aovannor @Hozzyboy Free for a year then. I really don't get what you are trying to say here lol.

I think MS will copy and do something similar, which would only be good for the XBone. Deal with it.

You don't want more indie devs developing for your fav console?

Fanboi's that don't even know what they are trying to argue about are like... strange.

pspearman
pspearman

@aovannor @pspearman @dogbert784 @Hozzyboy With good reasons. Who is going to be monitoring the quality now?

Self publishing is good in principle but I just know I will have to trawl through all the rubbish that gets released each week.

Quality of quantity as they say.

pspearman
pspearman

@dogbert784 @aovannor @Hozzyboy Yeah, Sony introduced self publishing coincidentally around the same time Microsoft did with its Xbox Live Indie games development and publishing suite.

dogbert784
dogbert784

@aovannor @HozzyboyWith self-publishing, we keep things really flexible for developers and give them lots of options, including funding through the Pub Fund, which is back-end funding paid upon completion of the game, we waive patch fees for indies and all digital titles and we embrace new business models" 

Sony is clearly more serious about this. But then again, they do have 5 years of Self-Publishing experience.