Console titles produced by a software publisher other than the company that makes the platform that is also not at least partially owned by the company that makes the platform (making them a 2nd party company). The term Third party also refers to peripherals and accessories not made by the console company.
Examples of 3rd party publishers
- Atari is a 3rd Party publisher for the Microsoft Xbox.
- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is a 3rd party game, and appears on all consoles.
- MadCatz makes 3rd Party controllers for the GameCube.