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'Indies' are getting their own PlayStation Store section
'Indies' are getting their own PlayStation Store section
May 7, 2013 | By Mike Rose

May 7, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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More: Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing



With Sony's recent moves to get more indie games on its PlayStation platforms, the company today revealed a new "Indie Games" category in its PlayStation Store, with the aim to better highlight independent PSN games.

Andrew Parsons, director of publisher and developer relations for SCEE, explained that this new section of the store will provide indie titles with additional exposure, alongside the regular PSN channels.

The "Indie Games" section will appear in the PS Store on both the PS3 and the PS Vita, and allow users to scroll through all the available indie titles on PlayStation without having to wade through the AAA releases too.

Parsons clarified to Gamasutra that "the indie section exposure is in addition to the content being found in its normal slots in the main Store" in the EU store, while Joystiq received confirmation of this fact in the U.S. store.

The company is no doubt preparing its store for the upcoming PlayStation 4 reveal as well, as the console is set to have a notable indie presence.

The new indie game area of the PSN store will launch later today. More information can be found in the pair of PlayStation Blog announcements.


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Phil Maxey
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Looks like Sony get it.

Joe McGinn
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I don't think a separate channel for indies provides more exposure. It's like "REAL GAMES HERE" (front and center no doubt), or you can go check out the "indie games" in the back.

Why distinguish? That automatically limits the eyeballs on these things. Games should be sorted by player ranking, number of downloads, and amount of revenue generated, like on iOS and Google Play. THAT is how you level the playing field.

Kujel Selsuru
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If playstation users need a section to tell them a game is indie then they aren't very involved in the medium and probably wont care that much about this.

Vinicius Couto
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I don't think the issue is knowing which games are indie, but getting to them and picking them apart from the other games.

You know how to differentiate apples from oranges, but it still makes it a lot easier that they're sold separetely.

Kujel Selsuru
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@Vinicius it's not hard at all to tell the difference between AAA and indie if you're involved with the medium. The fact sony feels they have to tell their users the differnece speaks volumes about their user base.

Jonathan Ghazarian
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Kujel, He's pointing out that it's easier to access them this way, even if you already know what games are indie.

Eric Salmon
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I guess it speaks volumes about Steam's userbase as well:
http://store.steampowered.com/genre/Indie

or Microsoft's:
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Games/XboxIndieGames

Duvelle Jones
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I was just sitting here thinking, Didn't Xbox Live pull this with the 360, and did that turn into an unmitigated disaster?

Jonathan Ghazarian
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XBox is a completely different story. That actually is different games that are only visible in that store.

Duvelle Jones
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@Jonathan Ghazarian:
I hope you are right, honestly. Since what happened with Live is well-documented at this point. Sony really can't afford to have management of that second be waisted in a similar matter.

Jonathan Ghazarian
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Duvelle, yeah if you read the original post it specifies that nothing changes in the normal channels. The big difference from the Xbox is that they made a system where anyone could put up a game without going through normal approval. While that was a great idea, and really helped a lot of new developers get something out there, it never quite worked that great as an extra marketplace. I think part of that was developers expecting it to be more than it was meant to be. I still think the XBLIG channel was a good thing overall, but it wasn't supported enough.

All that being said, I hope Sony does more, expecially with the PS4 to allow developers to develop without barriers. It sounds like they're on the right path so far.

Duvelle Jones
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@Jonathan Ghazarian: I understand that, but I think that the biggest failing that came out of XBLIG is simply this. The lack of moderation was not conducive to the marketplace nor the platform, there as to be some vetting of projects coming into a service like that. The lack of manpower and will to do so is quite noticeable on Microsoft's part. Going forward, I don't expect that to happen twice.

As far as Sony is concerned, We'll see. First off... this is just a marketplace, which is good in my eyes. This doesn't really need to be a part of other initiatives.
Second off, I wonder what Sony does to highlight the market place exists to consumers. Because I am rather interested to see if some games get more exposure than what we have currently.

As for the PS4, I remain highly skeptical of the system as a whole. And to be honest, I don't have all the details over it... So again, we'll see.

Bruno Xavier
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Looks like I gonna buy a PlayStation then...

Eric Boosman
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We are definitely getting our stuff onto PS Vita now. Hooray Unity!

Diego Leao
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EDIT: Originaly I commented on why it would be bad to put Indies on a separate category. But if it is still in the main store and its just an extra place to browse, great! Could not be better, Sony ;D

Jonathan Ghazarian
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The story points out very clearly that this is not removing them from the normal store. Any browsing that you once did will still show these games. This ONLY gives them another place where you'll discover these specific games. It does nothing to remove visibility for these games, it only adds. I'm not saying this is good within itself, but it does not remove them from their normal place. They are just like any other PSN game still.

Diego Leao
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@Jonathan Thanks, I just checked the facts, it looks like I missed this info. Edited!

Jonathan Ghazarian
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Yeah, it's always difficult when stories like this come out and some misinformation spreads. I think Sony has been doing a great job with handling indies lately.

Ken Kinnison
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Ah the headline had me all like 'Oh no... a separate section is dooooom'... but thats with it still being in the mainline store? :D

Brandon Sheffield
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I sure would like for PSM to be included!

John Flush
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I approve of the idea. I like having the store have everything and a fast way to categorize to find smaller titles and such easier.


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