Posted 19 March

GDC: New tools and middleware coming to PS4

News on GameMaker:Studio, Unity and MonoGame developer tools for PlayStation systems

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Happy GDC! Today we’re announcing that we will continue to strengthen our support for the global independent developer community by introducing more tools and middleware solutions for PS4.

SCE has entered into strategic partnerships to bring new native solutions from popular middleware vendors GameMaker:Studio and MonoGame to PS4, further expanding an already robust set of development tools. We’re also announcing that fully integrated solutions for Unity are now available for PS3 and PS Vita, with the highly anticipated early access version for PS4 coming in April 2014. Unity, GameMaker:Studio and MonoGame represent the most popular game development tools leveraged by universities and independent developers alike, and are used for both prototyping and full-scale game development.

Jointly developed by SCE and YoYo Games, a GameMaker:Studio-native solution for PS4 is now available free for all SCE-licensed developers, making it even easier for developers to bring their 2D games to the more than 6 million global PS4 owners. Developers of beloved games like Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine, Samurai Gunn by Teknopants, Risk of Rain by Hopoo Games, Home by Benjamin Rivers and Nuclear Throne by Vlambeer are now able to more efficiently convert their titles from PC to PS4 as of a result of GameMaker:Studio’s native export capabilities.

MonoGame makes up the C#-based open-sourced engine suite available for licensed developers, and was first used in the development of Matt Makes Games‘ acclaimed Towerfall: Ascension for PS4. In the coming months, MonoGame will also help bring Mercenary Kings (Tribute Games) and Transistor (Supergiant Games) to PS4.

We’re also announcing the release of SCE’s powerful game development tool Authoring Tools Framework as a free, open source download from the popular GitHub hosting site. SCE’s ATF is widely used within SCE to develop PS3, PS4, PS Vita and PSP titles such as The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.

Today’s newly announced middleware solutions will join ATF and SCE’s cross-platform game engine PhyreEngine. SCE-sponsored development tools are available for all licensed developer partners.

SCE continues to set a high benchmark across the industry for working with developers worldwide to bring the world’s greatest and most innovative games to PlayStation platforms, including improved processes, flexible policies and extensive resource support. With more than 100 games in development for PS4 from independent developers and more than 1,000 licensed self-publishers, PS4 will continue to be the most appealing platform for both developers and gamers.

For more information about developing games for PlayStation platforms, the tools and middleware available and our support of the development community, please visit: www.companyregistration.playstation.com

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Yay! Congratulations for Mike, Russell and Sandy from YoYoGames!!! I’m so sad now that I left you…

 
MK24ever 19 March, 2014 @ 3:17 pm   2

“We’re also announcing the release of SCE’s powerful game development tool Authoring Tools Framework as a free, open source download from the popular GitHub hosting site. SCE’s ATF is widely used within SCE to develop PS3, PS4, PS Vita and PSP titles such as The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.”

I’m not very sure why, but this sounds amazing for devs. Can a dev with this tool create a game from scratch, assuming he produces his own library of assets?

 

I’ve been playing around with GameMaker Studio lately, so this is very exciting news for me!

 

I’m sure this is all great news and I’m glad Sony build a PC like console that is easy to program for but when you compare prices of content to the PC counterpart and it’s definitely not, as the article says “… the most appealing platform for both developers and gamers.” The most appealing platform also has the lowest prices for their content.

 
jos3moreira 19 March, 2014 @ 3:39 pm   5

Is it possible to export any game in unity using PSMobile? Full licensed DEVs can natively export to PSVita em PS3, but small team without that license cant, so PSMobile seems a good alternative.

GrytEcHoG 19 March, 2014 @ 4:08 pm   6

@OttoT, PC gaming sales like Steam don’t have to worry about the hardware and technology as they just sell games, but for Playstation hardware and its technology sony has to spend lot of money and retailers also has to earn some money which doesn’t exist in PC , so PC have low prices compared to Playstation. Sony can’t do similar digital pricers for a reason because doing so will make retail sales to fall down and the people who depend on this too. It will take some time for digital only future(with less prices) to happen which will then every retailer also get used to the digital only future and they can survive.

 
jamie-sixtyfour 19 March, 2014 @ 6:00 pm   7

As a .net developer I’m tempted by MonoGame support!

 
BULLYBWOY 20 March, 2014 @ 1:13 am   8

Is there any golf games coming to ps4

 
Daniel4659 20 March, 2014 @ 3:34 am   9

Dear’ Sony PlayStation
can you work on this please if it can be done
all my friends on PlayStation asking can video chat be put on there and PS3 games we are missing all are best games like call of duty black ops 2 and Grand theft auto theft because there hate it keep going back to ps3 them over and over all time if it can be done can you send a email to this dporter21@live.com thank you for the help and hope you make more stuff for the console.

 
Daniel4659 20 March, 2014 @ 3:38 am   10

Dear’ Play station 4
can you work on this so we can play auto CD’s MPS3 on are PS4
and it would be good of you if we can download are PS1 and PS3 PS2 Games on PS4 like do on the PS3
here my email: dporter21@live.com thank you for your help and hope more better things come to PS4 console

 
Daniel4659 20 March, 2014 @ 3:46 am   11

Would we be available to play are ps3 games on the ps4 console
it would be good if you can work on it please everyone missing there old games now
some of my friends asking can video chat be put on there like ps3 has
i hope you can work on this please thank you sony

 
Daniel4659 20 March, 2014 @ 3:49 am   12

would there be anymore update’s for the ps4 console
it would be good if you can work on this i think its a good idea sony
video chat auto CD play ps3 downloads and playable as well
dporter21@live.com

hanenbro 20 March, 2014 @ 4:50 pm   13

Trying to find out the email address for a certain Daniel4659 – could anyone help me out? TIA!

 
bennyrafal 22 March, 2014 @ 9:52 am   14

Developers CHAAAAAARGE!!!! ;)