PS3 owners have been getting kicked in the teeth over the past several months due to Microsoft’s ability to turn PlayStation exclusive titles into multiplatform titles and gobbling up rights to exclusive downloadable content. We’ve known for months that add-on content for GTA IV would be available only on the Xbox 360 and we recently learned Tomb Raider: Underworld will be in the same boat. Some PS3 owners jaws are dropping in disbelief over the perceived domination the Xbox is having over the PS3, but SCE UK managing director Ray Maguire says we shouldn’t worry about exclusive content because it’s all an illusion.
Speaking with VideoGamer, Maguire prefers “that we [Sony] were investing money into making sure that we’ve got great R&D and we start producing games like LittleBigPlanet rather than paying other people a huge amount of money to stop people playing their product.”
This of course is a direct shot at Microsoft for agreeing to pay Take-Two interactive $25 million for each exclusive episode of GTA IV downloadable content. Maguire understands that this is still a business and money is the determining factor in most cases. He admits that if Microsoft throws sacks of money at a company, chances are things will turn in their favor. “One thing to remember, nothing is ever exclusive. Things get wrapped up for a period of time for a large amount of money and if it’s a strategic decision by competition to do that then we have to live with that.”