Game Developers are More Interested in Making Games for Switch and Traditional Consoles Than Mobile and VR

Game Developers are More Interested in Making Games for Switch and Traditional Consoles Than Mobile and VR

The video game development trend of 2018 appears to be a return to traditional bastions of gaming. And the Switch.

For the past six years, the Games Developer Conference (GDC) conducts a survey to understand the state of the video game development industry. The survey typically covers which consoles developers are working on, which consoles they want to work on, stuff like that. Some of the results from the survey aren't too surprising-console and PC development are up while mobile and VR are down-but a clear winner for game developers going into the 2018 appears to be the Nintendo Switch.

The most popular kid in game development school.

First, the GDC survey is largely a snapshot of the industry based on the responses from 4,000 game developers. It's a pretty interesting snapshot too, especially when the most current statistics are compared to the previous year's.

For instance, 50 percent of developers' most recent games were developed for PC, while only 32 percent of developers finished up a game on mobile and tablet. That's a five percent increase for PC this year, and three percent decrease for mobile.

Developers are even more bullish on the Switch. One in three developers are interested in the Nintendo hybrid console, with 12 percent of respondents currently developing for the platform (versus three percent from 2017). 15 percent of developers said that they are planning to make their next game available on the platform (versus five percent from 2017). More than that, 36 percent of respondents showed interest in developing for the Switch, making the Switch the third most popular console in terms of interest behind the PC and PS4 and ahead of VR, mobile, and the Xbox One X.

Confidence in VR is down, but the Vive is still the most popular VR headset.

Basically, the industry is moving towards a more traditional market it seems with development in popular or emerging technology (mobile and VR) decreasing, while traditional bastions of gaming like PC and consoles are on the up. The Switch also appears to have validated itself as a good gamer system, though with a concept that seems to appeal to a broader market. Hopefully this just means we get even more Switch games in the future.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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