In surprisingly big news, Sony has entered a strategic partnership with Unity Technologies. Through this partnership, Sony will implement and optimize the Unity engine across all of its platforms -- PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita and on PlayStation Mobile. Development tools are set to begin rolling out this fall, allowing a wave of games that may never have come to consoles to be released on PlayStation hardware.
There's a wide range of current gen titles and upcoming games built on Unity. These include mobile games like Temple Run 2 and Bad Piggies, indie darlings like Pid and Kentucky Route Zero, and upcoming big name Kickstarter projects like Wasteland 2 and Dreamfall Chapters. In other words, a ton of potentially very popular niche games that Xbox will have to scramble to also potentially pick up. Of course, these are just game that may come to console, but the potential is significant.
SCE VP Teiji Yutaka perhaps says it best, considering Unity implementation will allow developers to port their games across all PlayStation hardware with relative ease:
"PlayStation gamers can look forward to playing a broad array of new creative games from Unity's global community of developers, which includes some of the best independent talent in the industry."
The real effects of this strategic partnership likely won't be felt until at least the PlayStation 4's launch, or into 2013. Of course, if all of a sudden Wasteland 2 gets announced for PlayStation 4 in the next few months, then I could be wrong and a wave of great games could be coming to PlayStation very soon.