2013 is definitely the year for the new PlayStation console. According to an anonymous developer surveys undertaken by IGN. “multiple industry professionals said that they plan to release games for the next Microsoft and Sony consoles before January 1, 2014.”
This new find backs up a report by the Wall Street Journal we reported on earlier this week. According to the survey statistics:
- 60% of respondents said they have no plans to release games for the current generation (PS3, 360, Wii) after 2013.
- 80% of respondents said the next Microsoft console is the easiest to work with.
- 63% of developers said the Wii U would be the most challenging platform to develop for.
- The “overwhelming majority” suspect the next Xbox will be the sales leader over the next five years.
IGN claim they surveyed 35 developers – they don’t indicate of all the developers were at one studio, or represent multiple studios. It’s a bit disappointing to see that 60% of developers won’t be supporting current-gen consoles after 2013. Especially since the PS3 is said to have a 10-year lifecycle.