If you think of exclusive DLC content in terms of the Sony PS3 and Xbox 360, it’s fair to assume that the Xbox 360 is the first console that comes to mind after having had exclusive content for Grand Theft Auto IV and still having an exclusive deal in place for all Call of Duty DLC. However, that was all last year, and now it seems Sony are fighting back.
If you are a PS3 owner, it was no doubt very painful having to watch Xbox 360 owners get to play GTA IV episodes and the Call of Duty First Strike Map Pack for Black Ops, months before it arrived on the PS3. But the shift of power may be starting to change, as it has become apparent that a few big developers have decided to reside with Sony and their PS3 for now.
Obviously, the biggest game that everyone’s talking about in relation to this is Mortal Kombat, as the PS3 will get God of War character Kratos, one of his stages, 3D support, and of course a demo! While the Xbox 360 seemingly gets nothing – but that’s not all either.
We’ve just learned that PS3 owners who pick up the highly anticipated Virtua Tennia 4 title from SEGA, will get the opportunity to play as three tennis legends, Boris Becker, Pat Rafter and Stefan Edberg. This may not seem too major for most of you, but it’s still a notable victory for Sony in the exclusive DLC war.
Is this payback for games like Fallout 3, GTA IV and all of the Call of Duty DLC which Microsoft has had their way with? – Perhaps, but Microsoft are not done with waving their little finger just yet. Owners of Castlevania on the PS3 may be a little bit mad over the fact that the ‘Reverie’ DLC has been delayed. But the reason for this, is that there is a fault with Xbox Live, and Konami has already admitted that PS3 owners have to wait since they have an ‘agreement’ in place with Microsoft, so DLC gets released at the same time as the PS3.
It’s amazing to think that Sony and Microsoft go to such detail on acquiring game DLC, as most of it goes unnoticed by the gamer. As a neutral reading all of this – what are your thoughts? Are you currently sick of the console DLC war that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon, or do you think this is a healthy bit of competition between both consoles and their respective communities?
What game will be next to fall under the exclusive DLC hammer? Elder Scrolls Skyrim? Crysis 2? Dare we say it, Battlefield 3?