Tuesday, 05 November 2013 18:50
The Hypocrisy Of The Gaming Industry Is Sickening FeaturedWritten by Mike Tomasson
The ice is cracking beneath Microsoft's feet. Statistically speaking, the PlayStation 4 is out-performing and out-selling the Xbox One. Though I do not believe that this proves that the Xbox One is in any way inferior, the way that developers and other industry professionals are carrying on is pissing me off.
Does anyone recall the beginning of the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 generation? On paper the PlayStation 3 proved to be the more powerful device, but in reality nearly all third-party multi-platform games were better on the Xbox 360. When people started noticing the obvious differences between the two versions they approached the developers; what did they do? They were very quick to blame the architecture of the PlayStation 3. "We don't have the time and resources to learn how to exclusively develop for this strange architecture", so, instead, PlayStation 3 owners got sub-par ports.
Some people even went as far as to out-right say that the PlayStation 3 was just dud tech; started pointing fingers at the cell processors, RAM, and operating system. One perfect example of this is when a former Free Radical employee blamed the PlayStation 4 architect for Haze's short-comings.
Even Bobby Kotick, CEO and director of Activision Blizzard, threatened to cut support for the PlayStation 3 because of its complex architecture claiming it is far too time consuming and expensive to develop for the PlayStation 3.
Now the tables have turned and Microsoft are at the exact same spot Sony were in last generation. New tech that developers are unfamiliar with is resulting in a downgrade of Xbox One game quality. Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts and even Titanfall are all confirmed to run only at 720p; developers claimed that the resolution-cut is needed so that their games will run at 60fps.
But what are developers saying about the Xbox One? They are actually defending it. Where was this kind of mentality when the PlayStation 3 launched? Only a handful of developers truly took advantage of the PlayStation 3's hardware, and those who didn't, instead of learning how, just made sub-bar quality ports for the PlayStation 3 and blamed it on the system.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both great consoles that offer each user a completely unique experience. I believe developers and industry professionals, alike, should stand up and support new tech... but for the right reasons. This kind of mentality was completely lacking in the early days of the PlayStation 3 which makes it seem that bizarre policies and cash is involved. It shouldn't be like that.