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PS2 Comes Out On Top For Games Developers

by Thomas on March 24, 2003 @ 3:11 a.m. PST

The PS2 was the leading console choice for games developers according to a new survey by independent tools developer SN Systems*. More than a fifth (23%) of industry experts put the PS2 top of the list of consoles they have most enjoyed playing, ahead of other leading platforms Nintendo Gamecube and Microsoft Xbox.

Games developers from across the industry were asked which console they most enjoyed playing during it's lifetime. Sony's Playstation 2 came out top but was closely followed by vintage Nintendo favourite SNES which managed to secure 19% of the votes. Other old generation consoles also proved popular with Sega's ill-fated Dreamcast emerging as the favourite for one in 12 games developers (8%). Nintendo's Gamecube was the least popular of the big three banking only 12% of the online votes.

Top 10 Games Developer choices include:

Console Vote
Playstation2 23%
SNES 19%
Xbox 16%
GameCube 12%
Dreamcast 8%
Genesis/Megadrive 7%
N64 7%
Psone 5%
Gameboy Advance 3%
Lynx 1%

Andy Beveridge, Director at SN Systems commented, "We had a great response to the online vote with developers from across the industry keen to register their views. Although current generation consoles feature strongly in the list of developer favourites, it's interesting to see that some of the older platforms and their games are still highly regarded. In an industry which is constantly looking for the next big thing, it can be difficult for platforms to retain their appeal. As the gaming industry as a whole eagerly awaits the next generation it's reassuring to see that many developers are still enjoying classic platforms and games. Perhaps the gaming experience is not changing as much as today's technology would lead you to believe."

*Survey conducted online among 75 games developers and industry workers.

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