Just How Many Game Studios Does Sony Own, Anyway?

The company doesn't often get much credit for this, but one of the biggest reasons for Sony's success in the video game industry is not its hardware, but in the breadth and scope of its first-party studios.

Neither Microsoft nor Nintendo, or most third party publishers for that matter, have managed to establish successful studios across all three major gaming territories (North America, Europe and Japan) like Sony has been able to over the past fifteen years, something which gives the PlayStation brand a significant advantage when it comes to tailoring different games to the tastes of different markets.

A handy feature on Develop highlights this, featuring the history and trivia on all sixteen of Sony's first-party studios across the world, which are located in the US, Japan, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

It still pains me to read the words "Sony Liverpool". That studio was born as Psygnosis, and damnit, that's how they should be known.

IN DETAIL: Sony's sixteen first-party studios [Develop]

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    Boy do I miss Psygnosis. Wiz N Liz and Puggsy were my favourites.

    Good ol Psygnosis... Shadow of the beast.... sigh... good days... =)

      Wasn't "Lemmings" theirs as well

    Buying existing studios and putting your name on them ≠ establishing them.

      In most cases they had long relationships with those studios (eg Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch) or bought them very early (eg Guerrilla, Media Molecule). Either way, they invested a lot of money and effort in nurturing and developing those studios even if they didn't found them themselves.

    Not being overly critical, but I don't like coming to a news site and then having to click on an external link to get the full story - couldn't you have pasted the 16 studios after the body of text?

    Im sorry but I fail to understand how Sony owning more studios means anything to me, in my opinion its a Quality over Quantity. Sure Sony has some great people working on some great games, but so does everyone else

      ...like Microsoft!

      *rainbow coloured flashing lights & funky dance music*

      "...Halo 4! (and 5, and 6!)
      ...Gears of War!
      ...and Star Wars Kinect!"

        Killzone, Resistance, Gran Turismo...and everything Playstation Move...oh and a sub-par online system and the chance to have to worry about identity theft for the next few years :P

          And Uncharted, God of War, LittleBigPlanet, The Last Guardian, Infamous, Wipeout and Motorstorm etc.

            The funny thing is....You can combine all the total sales of those games and put them up against the juggernauts of Gear's or Halo's total sales and they still can't compete...

            And they those PS3 exclusives are good games

              and that proves what, laughing boy?

    It's a business so it's in the best interest of the owner to name it that would make the most value for the company.

    Pysgnosis was cool but if it allowed itself to be acquired hence control of its name. I'm sure the ex-Pysgnosis owners were pleased with the sale :D

    All these studios but no good games...

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