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Over 10% of Developers are Working on Games for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

Over 10% of Developers are Working on Games for the PS5 and Xbox Series X - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2020 / 2,016 Views

Microsoft and Sony will be releasing their next generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, this holiday and over 10 percent of developers are currently working on games for those platforms. This is according to GDC who conducted their annual State of the Game Industry survey of 4,000 developers.

11 percent of the developers surveyed said they were working on games for the PS5, while nine percent said they were developing games for the Xbox Series X. 23 percent said their next game would be on the PS5 and 17 percent said their next game would be on the Xbox Series X. 

25 percent of developers said the game they are currently working on would release on the PS4 and 23 percent for the Xbox One. 17 percent of developers said their current project would release on the Nintendo Switch and 19 percent were planning their next game for it.

Only five percent of developers plan on releasing their next game as a next generation exclusive. 34 percent said their current project would release on current and next generation consoles. 

38 percent said they were interested in the PS5, while 25 percent showed interested in the Xbox Series X. 37 percent showed interest in the Switch.

As for virtual reality and augmented reality, 15 percent said their current project was in VR and 7 percent said AR. 27 percent showed interest in VR and 16 percent had interest in AR. Breaking it down by platform, 27 percent are making games for Oculus Rift, 24 percent for Quest, 20 percent for HTC Vive, 10 percent for PlayStation VR, eight percent for Valve Index, and five percent for Magic Leap One.

Thanks GamesIndustry.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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20 Comments

Azzanation (on 24 January 2020)

Only 5% are working on an exclusive next gen game.. nothing to see here folks, we already knew that. Majority will focus on cross gen because $$$


EspadaGrim (on 24 January 2020)

Same as this gen in the first 2 years then.


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HollyGamer (on 24 January 2020)

That's why first party studio should be the frontline to fill the gap, not following others and dictate by third party publisher. First party are the one that introduce the hardware capability and the ones who drives the first sales.


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Azzanation (on 24 January 2020)

@Holly: They wont all focus on exclusive next gen games becomes of $$$


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HollyGamer (on 24 January 2020)

Let 3rd party do the job on cross gen and first party drive the $$$ for console sales by making it exclusives. Old console will not make more profit more than what already exist. By balancing between exclusives and cross gen it will not just sales hardware but it will sell games for both.


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Azzanation (on 25 January 2020)

1st party studios also need to profit or else we get closures. It would be cool if they all focused on next gen but we are not thinking of the middle guy.


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HollyGamer (on 25 January 2020)

I doubt cross gen will make a lot of money considering old consoles will be a free games heaven and gamepass target market.


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Azzanation (on 25 January 2020)

These services will only grow next gen. Plus they will be there day one at launch so not only are next gen platforms have a much smaller user base, we also have Game Pass day one.


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Nu-13 (on 25 January 2020)

Espada, you mean last gen.


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HollyGamer (on 25 January 2020)

The service will grow on next gen consoles, the old one will be left dead. People who cannot but new gen consoles will probably play on TV, PC using cloud streaming . It's better to focus on next gen consoles and make sales by selling a lot of next gen hardware or at least make it run on server, rather then on old hardware. The cloud exist to solve the generation problem. It's simple actually. The problem why Xbox support cross gen because none of the developer ready with next gen on technical point and expertise. Also their new studios just recently brought it need 3 to 4 years to make new games. That's why Hell blade and others Xbox Series X exclusives will be available and ready for another 3 years.


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Azzanation (on 25 January 2020)

I don't disagree with what you said. However lets not forget the casual market is bigger than the hardcore market and majority of casuals dont upgrade straight away especially if next gen is going to be expensive. Devs want to maximize sales and to do that than it requires availability.


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HollyGamer (on 25 January 2020)

That's why they need to balance between casual and mainstream gamer. Casual alone will not support the whole industries. Just look at WIi sales full of casual people who lack on spending and less buying games. Gamepass are intended for casual but with risk of sacrificing traditional games sales that depend on mainstream gamer. A bit of balance are the best option. And first parties studios are the one who should made the push by focusing on next gen while let third party made a slow progression. This is not a Rocket Science, even Xbox 350 and Xbox One has an exclusives next gen games when it launched .


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Azzanation (on 25 January 2020)

Yes it would be good to get 1st party exclusives to help push new hardware, However the sad thing is, 1st party launch exclusives dont do too well and dont push the hardware as good as we like to think. Next gen atleast we get BC at launch and we might get improvments to older games like retracing and 4k/60 improvments.


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HollyGamer (on 25 January 2020)

First party studio and exclusives indeed push the consoles sale. Xbox 360 did this.


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Azzanation (on 26 January 2020)

X1 had 1st party exclusives day one and it changed nothing.


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Mr Puggsly (on 24 January 2020)

8th gen is a massive audience and the hardware is capable of handling ambitious projects. At the very least many 9th gen launch games should have better assets, 60 fps and maybe 4K.


Conina (on 24 January 2020)

"GDC found that PC remains the most popular development platform and looks to maintain this hold comfortably as we enter a new console generation. When asked what platforms their last project had launched on, what their current project was being developed for, and what they planned to make their next project for, over 50% of surveyed developers responded "PC" to each question." Funny that this information is missing here.


Dante9 (on 27 January 2020)

That's a given, so there's nothing newsworthy about it, whereas the console landscape is more interesting and uncertain.


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Phoenix20 (on 24 January 2020)

9th generation will be 4k natural resolution and upgrade to 8k is what we expect as gamers.


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VAMatt (on 25 January 2020)

I expect native 16k, at 240fps. I also expect these consoles to launch at $299. I'll need a 5tb SSD in there, with 64mbs of RAM. There should also be 4 counters bundled with the systems to accommodate everyone's friends that are definitely gonna want to play these beast systems.


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