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Developers Are More Interested in the Switch Than PS4 and Xbox One

Developers Are More Interested in the Switch Than PS4 and Xbox One - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 May 2019 / 5,838 Views

Game Developers Conference organizers have released the results of the 2019 GDC State of the Industry survey. Nearly 4,000 game developers responded to the survey, which has provided some interesting information.

Developers were asked "which platform(s) most interest you as a developer right now?" Windows PC was the only platform to have more than half of developers interest with 60 percent. The Nintendo Switch followed with 45 percent, beating out the PlayStation 4 (38%) and the Xbox One 28%).


33 percent of developers have interest in smartphones or tablets, 27 percent in virtual reality, 20 percent in augmented reality, and 10 percent in tabletop games. 

13 percent of developers stated they released a game on the Nintendo Switch, which is more than double the six percent last year. 24 percent of these developers stated their games on the Switch performed above avers, while only 12 percent said it performed below average. 

Thanks Gamasutra.

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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PAOerfulone (on 30 January 2019)

There are a few reasons for this:
The PS4 & Xbox One are entering their 6th full year on the market. At this point, developers know what to expdct and what they can do with the system and have likely made their games and money off it. Thus, they’re not really excited or as interested as they used to be because they’ve been there & done that, and they’re ready for Sony and Microsoft to take the next step. On the other hand, the Switch is just starting to hit its stride and it’s been out long enough for developers to really understand and know what they can do with it and truly begin to take advantage of the hardware, concept, and make money off it.

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Random_Matt (on 30 January 2019)

So why is the title emphasising Switch? Should be PC.

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xMetroid Random_Matt (on 30 January 2019)

Probably cause it's not surprising that PC is more popular compare to Switch starting from a low percentage the past year and now being on in the console category.

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Zoombael Random_Matt (on 01 February 2019)

Because nowadays any amateur developer can dump their games on PC in any state and quality (e.g. EA, three page text adventures). Quantity is meaningless when not put in context with quality.

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OTBWY (on 30 January 2019)

Not too long ago people were predicting the doom of the Switch using this very data. How times and spins have changed.

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xMetroid (on 30 January 2019)

Well well well. Even though PS4/One are older are in their 6th year, it's nice to see the developers turn around and support the Switch now. Remember when the number was really small and people said the console was doom, now it is getting incredible third party support. 2018 was a great year for that and there is no doubt 2019/2020 are going to be even better.

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DonFerrari (on 31 January 2019)

1 - Switch is the new machine and is doing pretty well
2 - Most of these devs are the type we won't even care about their games.

But good achievement.

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Angelv577 (on 30 January 2019)

Does that include big developers though?. Don't see it in its library.

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Qwark Angelv577 (on 30 January 2019)

Both Kingdom Hearts 3, Resident Evil 2 remake didn't get a Switch version so that's pretty telling.

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xMetroid Angelv577 (on 31 January 2019)

It's a 2019 survey, games don't take few days to be made, the one in 2018 showed that third party devs were less interested. This means developpement for most of these teams (if there is any) would have begun during 2018 or soon in 2019.

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