CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 30, 2014, 16:28: We all know how much the big publishers care for and love their PC ports, right? What makes you think that anyone -without being handed similar bribes- will voluntarily support Mantle? That won't happen. What might happen is that MS and Sony will specifically start bribing devs to NOT support Mantle on the PC version as they already do when it comes to keeping the quality of PC ports on the lower end of the spectrum.
That's the first I've heard of bribes to keep PC port quality low. I figured it was more organic/lazy, like how XP and the 360/PS3 only supported DX9 and therefore targeting DX9-era hardware made the port easier.
I don't think Microsoft or Sony will be openly hostile to Mantle. Both companies have already stated they do not and will not support it on their respective consoles. That's all they really need to do. It'll still be closer to console development than DirectX/OpenGL, but since your supported platforms can't realistically be only PS4/XBone/Mantle, it's sort of moot.
Mantle is going to be a total niche that will only be supported by games where AMD coughed up a bribe (like BF4) or by indie/KS developers who want to support Mantle to attract some extra attention to their games.
Pretty much. It's like Linux ports: there's no money there, and it's not done out of charity so much as a technical exercise or as a labor of love. A Mantle port is unlikely to be either.