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PlayStation wants to acquire new game development studios

PlayStation wants to acquire new game development studios”

With the next-gen console supposedly set to launch in late 2020, you can bet that the Japanese giant is incredibly busy behind the scenes, no doubt preparing itself for the important years ahead.

According to LinkedIn, Fiona Cherbak worked for Sony from 2015 to 2019, and just started her new role as Talent Acquisition Lead at Xbox Game Studios today.

Sony's stance on buying first-party game studios could become more aggressive to give tough competition to Microsoft. That said, Xbox is still playing catch-up in that department, while PlayStation already has a load of top tier teams pumping out top tier games.

"We have been in the game business for 25 years and have big assets", Ryan said. Still, this move doesn't mean indie titles won't make it to the PS5 "because the popularity of PlayStation makes the platform hard for smaller game developers to ignore", a source told the WSJ. Microsoft has secured a collection of studios like Obsidian, Ninja Theory, and inXile, and will likely be cultivating relationships with developers that have even lower profiles.

Instead, Ryan sees the home console market, and cloud services, operating hand-in-hand to provide consumers with as much choice about where and when they play their games as possible.

In the same interview, Sony's CEO says he is confident that profit margins will continue to increase in the future, despite each generational change inevitably leading to losses due to development costs.

This may be, in part, down to their plan to use a combination of AMD CPUs and GPUs in the new hardware, rather than explicitly developing chips which then demand standalone production chains to produce. Be sure to stay tuned to Gamepur for anymore breaking news around this story.



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