We have some interesting news to bring you now, as generally when we would talk about console wars between Sony and Microsoft, it would usually be Sony coming out on the defensive to counter remarks made by Microsoft execs – well this time it is the opposite.
In a recent and very frank interview conducted over at Industry Gamers, Sony’s publisher relations chief Rob Dyer initially admitted that Microsoft has the edge currently when it comes to a direct comparison on hardware sales.
However, when switching the conversation about software for the two consoles, Dyer believes the PlayStation 3 has the better growth of sales compared to the Xbox 360, as you can read in a portion of his interview below:
“Although Microsoft has a 1.6 to 1 index ratio against us [on hardware], we outsold them on Mortal Kombat nearly at a one to one. So that is due in large part to the exclusive content that you’re getting on disc. You’ll see that happening on almost every case where we’ve had a game that they’ve supported with on disc content or with exclusive DLC.”
If you have played Mortal Kombat on the PS3, you’ll know that gamers were buying the PS3 copy over the Xbox 360 copy due to the fact that the PS3 version had exclusive character Kratos, with most gamers obviously preferring to buy the version with the most content. Other examples where exclusive content made the difference in sales include Portal 2 which came with a version of Steam on the PS3, and Medal of Honor which came with a bonus copy of the old MoH Frontline title for PS3 users only.
Microsoft and the majority of Xbox 360 owners may feel that this will become irrelevant when the likes of Modern Warfare 3 and Elder Scrolls V Skyrim release since they have timed-exclusives on both titles, but it just goes to how fierce the rivalry is between Sony and Microsoft to secure the exclusive content on multiplatform titles, as it essentially is going to give each respective company a win for a particular title when it comes to comparing software sales like Sony’s exec has done here.
What are your thoughts on his comments? If you happen to own both consoles, it will be interesting to hear if you agree that Sony is currently winning the software battle. From our point of view, it all comes down to exclusive content and Microsoft seem to be delivering a lot more of that to Xbox 360 owners than Sony – do you agree with this or not?