July 26, 2006
Sony reveals 10,000 dev kits shipped to ‘underwhelmed’ developers
In an blog post, former SCEA Third-Party Developer Relations manager, Mark DeLoura announced that he was making the move to French-based publisher Ubisoft. In Sony’s confirmation to the departure of DeLoura, SCEA PR manager, Brian Bowling let slip the numbers of PlayStation 3 development kits that the company has delivered in order to reiterate the company’s commitment to third party developers.
He also offered the latest PS3 dev kit shipment figures, in an effort to exhibit Sony’s commitment to developers. “To date we have shipped more than 10,000 development systems to 208 companies in 11 countries, the largest number ever for a PlayStation platform.”
In a seperate – yet related – story, an informal poll of game developers conducted by Game Informer magazine revealed that 60% of developers that have received PlayStation 3 development rate the kits as being average, highlighting the difficulties of developing for the platform.