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Takahashi: “Sony pleaded with developers”

Ben Parfitt
Mercury News reporter and noted Microsoft insider Dean Takahashi has claimed that Sony has been in discussion with third parties to ensure that support remains strong for its PS3, but that in his opinion the company’s software offering will not ensure a strong Christmas.

In the wake of the recent NPD sales figures, Takahashi noted: “One piece of news that came out this week was that Sony pleaded with third-party developers not to abandon its struggling platform. That change in attitude is a marked difference.

“The argument is that the PS3 will show its strength as developers learn how to make games for it. But developers know they can staff four or five Wii teams with the same number of people it takes to make one PS3 game.

“We may have a glut of Wii games soon, but that’s not as bad as not having enough games on the PS3.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming Christmas retail battle, Takahashi claims that Sony is likely to remain in third place behind rivals Microsoft and Nintendo.

“Sony managed to crack the top ten finally with a PS3 title, Heavenly Sword. But beyond Ratchet & Clank, it’s unclear what is going to be a big seller for the company this season.”

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