Game developers are more interested in working with the PlayStation 5 than the Nintendo Switch or Xbox Series X but the PC rules the roost
The organizers of the Game Developer Conference (GDC), which runs from March 16 to March 20 and is held in San Francisco, have published the results of the State of the Industry Survey. Almost 4,000 professionals working in the gaming industry were asked for their thoughts in regard to topics such as interesting platforms, which ones they are currently using for game development, and does Steam take too much money from them (basically, yes).
Developers were asked to choose platforms that most interested them at the present time. The PC came home first with an impressive 50% count, while the PlayStation 5 led the consoles on 38%. The Nintendo Switch garnered 37% of the votes, while the frequently overlooked (in terms of press coverage so far) Xbox Series X managed 25%. VR headsets made an impressive showing with 27% and mobile platforms were strong on 34%.
The results show that the PC is still massively important in game development, which is even less surprising when you consider the constant CPU and GPU upgrades coming out of companies such as Intel, AMD, and Nvidia. However, the results can be seen as yet another win for Sony and the PlayStation 5. Even the Nintendo Switch appears to be attracting more interest than Microsoft’s Xbox Project Scarlett, but of course that could all change over the coming months.
As for the Steam question, the software distribution platform currently takes a standard cut of 30%, and it seems that game developers would like the company to take less money. The most popular suggestion was a 15% cut with 25% of voters choosing that rate. Other options such as 10% and 20% were also popular, while the choice of more than 30% cut only attracted 1% of the vote.