The year 2020 will be marked by the arrival of new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X, the arm of iron will return more beautiful with the arrival of the ninth generation full of promises. But for the studios, which said power, said more freedom, but also said more money to invest.
It is a fact that repeats itself with each new generation of consoles : the costs of development increase. While at the time of the NES, a team of 5 or 6 developers is sufficient to produce a title in six months, there must now be many hundreds of employees over several years to put the world to have a AAA. These costs are in the tens of millions, sometimes hundreds, of millions, of euros are obviously passed on to the selling price, but also require a business case on the long-term, through the publication of additional content. As explained by Jim Ryan to our confreres GamesIndustrythe PlayStation 5 will accentuate a little more for big productions.
I think that, given that the technology allows the graphics to be more interesting and realistic, the games are going to become slightly more demanding to develop on the human and on the capital investment. So, yes, we think that there will be an increase in development budgets.
Of course, to get all these games, Sony will have to make to attract a maximum number of homes with its famous PlayStation 5. Jim Ryan is well aware of and aims to achieve a curve of sales even is more favourable than that of the previous models of the brand. If the PlayStation 4 surpassed 10 million sales in a little over seven months, the one that will take its result will have to do better in order to provide a park to potential buyers more important to the developers.
We do not see it as a massive increase (development budgets) and it is for this reason that we want to go faster than in the past, to offer a basic (consumer) fertile that developers can use to monetize their content.
If we can stay in pace with the likely rising costs of development, then the industry will continue to flourish.
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By daFransJournalist jeuxvideo.com