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Hypothetically Speaking: What if Microsoft and Sony Didn’t Support Indie?

Hypothetically Speaking: What if Microsoft and Sony Didn’t Support Indie?

Nov 8, 2013

Hypothetically Speaking is a series of short, hypothetical scenarios looking into the Gaming Industries potential future and past, had it taken an alternative route along the way as a means to prompt discussion. Join in the chat @GamingIQ  and comment below

Hypothetically speaking, how would the next gen market be influenced if Microsoft and Sony could not support Indie developers?

Presumably, Indie developers would stick to releasing their games on PC and focus their attention to the Steam market. However, when the Steam console launches, this could be the step that Indie titles needed to make their mark on the console market. Although not yet confirmed, it would make sense for the Steam console to link to your PC Steam account, allowing you access to all the games you have previously purchased, in addition to the steam store’s huge gaming archive.

Although one particular Indie game may not be a deal-breaker when it comes to deciding which console to purchase, the thought of having exclusive access to the innovative Indie market might be. It would be pretty big for the Steam console if it exclusively, (not including PC) had access to a new Indie title that boomed as much as Minecraft, which sold over a million copies on PC before it was commercially released.

Indie Game Limbo

Although initially exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade, Limbo would presumably targeted Steam to help support their sales if Microsoft didn’t support Indie titles.

It is also worth noting that if the Steam store and library is linked between the Steam console and PC, the games you buy on Steam that may run slow because of your PC/laptop hardware should run efficiently on the Steam Console. Also, it would be pretty cool to purchase a game from the Steam store from a mobile device if you are out, and have it automatically download, ready to play by the time you’re back home.


Would you still purchase a console if they didn’t support indie games? Would you rather opt for a Steam Machine? Would PC gaming rise even further? Would the PC truly be home to innovation?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!


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