There's a big interest in next-gen consoles among developers, too, with 38% suggesting interest in developing for PS5, and 25% for Xbox Series X. Asked about Switch, 37% of respondents said they were interested in the hardware, perhaps suggesting that the allure of new tech is proving most compelling. Most respondents just didn't know.
The majority of responses said their current project is being developed for either PC (56 percent) or mobile (39 percent), but since the survey was conducted before the Xbox Series X reveal in December, so there's a chance the survey responses don't accurately reflect next-gen game development today.
PC is the most popular platform, which it has been since GDC started the survey eight years ago.
Interestingly, the same enthusiasm for next-generation consoles doesn't seem to apply to nascent streaming platforms Google Stadia, and the upcoming Project xCloud from Microsoft. 8 percent said they were working on a game that will launch on one of these services.
Seventeen percent of developers said their next project will be released for the Xbox Series X, while twenty percent said their next project will be for the Xbox One/X.
For a few years the survey has been polling game industry professionals about which "immersive reality" technology they think will be dominant in 5 years, and augmented reality has always been the most popular answer. Looking at PlayStation Plus specifically, it's been a long time since a game launched directly for the service, with most Plus offerings now coming well after the title has been out for a while.
That held true this year, but surprisingly, there was a significant year-over-year uptick in the percentage of respondents who believe VR will be dominant; one in three respondents (32 percent) said they think AR will dominate, while one quarter (25 percent) said VR. As part of a union, developers would be able to collectively bargain for better working conditions and benefits and according to the latest GDC survey, more industry workers are warming up to the idea.
With the record breaking userbase of the PS4 topping out at almost 110 million users, you can expect the cross-gen period of development and release to be drastically extended over previous generations. 34% confirmed that their current project would be released on both next- and current-generation platforms.
The full survey, which includes more detail on what developers sentiment on recent subscription and streaming services (Stadia, Apple Arcade, Xbox Game Pass, xCloud) and a multitude of other facts and detail, can be downloaded for free here.