Nintendo 3DS/Sony NGP Have Tripled Development Costs

By Darryl Kaye on March 13, 2011, 5:40PM EDT
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The arrival of the Nintendo 3DS and the Sony NGP has tripled development costs, according to a developer at a handheld specialised development studio.

"[Nintendo 3DS titles] clearly have budgets two-to-three times what typical DS games have seen in the past," said JC Conners of Griptonite Games when quizzed about the differences between DS and 3DS development.

He went on to add "If you wanted to spend console money on developing a PSP2 or 3DS title, every penny of it would show, and clearly some of the launch titles have budgets two-to-three times what typical DS games have seen in the past."

Developers also saw similar rises in costs when moving development over from the PS2 and Xbox to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Develop

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