World of Goo developer Ron Carmel has surveyed approximately 200 independent developers and asked them if they are creating games for the PSN or XBLA. He has found that in the past most favoured the Xbox 360 but for 2011 and beyond most are focusing on the PlayStation network.
Ron also sent out a follow up survey asking the developers how easy it has been to work with the respective platform owners. Steam came top, closely followed by Facebook, Apple (iOS) and Google (Android). Sony came top of the consoles followed by Nintendo and finally Microsoft.
48% of developers rated the Xbox creators as ‘excruciating’ to work with.
Ron hypothesises that the diversity of games will begin to suffer and players will desert the format. He also states
Everyone I know who’s been handed Microsoft’s boilerplate distribution contract for XBLA was angered and offended. It’s the most exploitative, one-sided distribution contract I’ve seen.
To read more of the research (it’s well worth a look), click here.