SCE’s Jack Buser Talks Exclusives, “Invested More in Our First-Party Studios than Nintendo and Microsoft Combined”

January 24, 2012Written by Alex Osborn

It’s no secret that Sony’s robust lineup of exclusives is second to none, and much of that can be attributed to the company’s emphasis on acquiring quality first-party developers. Sony’s Jack Buser recently spoke out on the importance of such content to the PlayStation brand, attributing much of their success to exclusive content.

According to IndustryGamers, during a panel at this year’s CES, Buser went so far as to say that Sony’s investment in first-party developers trumps both that of Nintendo and Microsoft combined.

We have a 15 year heritage of investing very, very heavily in the PlayStation platform. We have actually invested more in our first-party studios than Nintendo and Microsoft combined.

We have a tremendous catalog of game titles that are second to none out there, and now with PlayStation Suite and PlayStation Network the ability to deliver those experiences across so many devices and even potentially across third-party devices is an incredible competitive advantage.

Buser then went on to take a few jabs at Apple, saying:

The PlayStation philosophy has always been about our third-party partners and our ability as a games industry to raise all boats together as partners. We’re not like some other game platforms that say ‘Hey! Put your game out here on the App Store and maybe you’ll be one of these 10 featured apps if we feel like it right now, and then the rest of you guys can all go out of business.’

Or some other platform owners who are saying, ‘Look, we’re gonna make all the great games and if you guys can maybe make a great game on our platform, good luck but we’re not going to help you much.’ Or some other guys who say ‘Hey, we hand-picked you and we’re gonna shove a bunch of money in your pocket and the rest of you guys can all dial the 800 number and try to dial through to the front desk.’

We’re all about our partners, our publishing partners, we always have been. If you talk to any game publisher out there, and you mention the word PlayStation, they are going to be very, very loyal to our brand.

Sony’s ongoing commitment to provide PlayStation owners with fresh and exciting exclusive content is one of the biggest draws of the platform, so it is encouraging to hear that this will remain a priority for the company in the future.