Playstation Plus to offer cross-platfom discounts?
A survey, spotted by Digital Spy, has alluded to cross-platform discounts for Playstation Plus subscribers.

Respondents were asked how willing they would be to download a Vita version of a digital PS3 title if it were made available at a discount. The level of discount was offered in increments from £5 off all the way up to 100%, making Vita versions free downloads.

The survey also asked if respondents would be tempted to buy digital games rather than retail if they were £5 cheaper.

Nintendo considered dropping Wii U two-screen concept
Speaking to The Telegraph, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata admitted that the company considered dropping the GamePad’s screen late in development.

He told the paper that there were concerns the price of the tablet controller would drive up the RRP of the Wii U, saying, “Sometime during that final discussion we almost gave up on the idea of the additional screen. This was due to our concern over the expected high cost, it may not have been feasible to create this and sell it at a reasonable price point for the consumers.”

He added that their rivals’ E3 conferences acted as validation for their two-screen concept, as both also unveiled similar functionality; Sony showing Vita/PS3 Cross-Play, and Microsoft with their SmartGlass technology. “It’s quicker than before.” he said. “After our showing of motion control, it took three years for other companies to follow suit. But this time it’s just one year after our proposal, even before we brought out the actual product. I think that proves the great potential of what we showed last year.”

Journey developer raises $5.5m capital, plans multiplatform development
Thatgamecompany, the indie studio behind PSN gems flOw, Flower and Journey has raised $5.5 million dollars in venture capital after completing their three-game contract with Sony.

Now fully independent, the studio is planning to release its titles on multiple platforms. “We got so many emails from fans saying they wished they could play our games on other platforms,” studio boss Jenova Chen told VentureBeat. “We make games for human beings, not just gamers. Young, old, men, women, and from all countries. We want to change the concept of what a game is and show society what a game can be.”

The cash was raised with help from venture capitalist firm Benchmark Capital, whose Mitch Lasky said, “Jenova has a chance to be the John Lasseter of the video games business. I feel privileged to be riding shotgun with him. The ambitions for Thatgamecompany are very exciting to me.”

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