Rob Dyer, Sony’s VP of publisher relations, has hit out at Microsoft in light of recent revelations about the rival’s approach to software, stating that the company is “kicking the living crap” out of publishers.
“I think what [Microsoft’s European VP of interactive entertainment] Chris [Lewis] and the other representatives at Microsoft are doing is protecting an inferior technology,” Dyer told IndustryGamers (via).
“I think they want to dumb it down and keep it as pedestrian as possible so that if you want to do anything for Blu-ray, or you have extra content above 9GB, or you want to do anything of that nature, you’d better sure as heck remember that Microsoft can’t handle that.
It was recently revealed that Microsoft reserve the right not to publish any title, digital or disc, that in any way benefits the PS3 over 360, be it release dates or bonus content.
“So potentially any time we’ve gone out and negotiated exclusive content of things that we’ve announced at things like DPS or E3, publishers are getting the living crap kicked out of them by Microsoft because they are doing something for the consumer that is better on our platform than it might be perceived on theirs,” Dyer continued.
“So from a creativity standpoint and what we are doing to try to make it better for the consumer, our view is Microsoft’s doing everything they can to eliminate that because they have an inferior technology.”
Dyer backed up his claims by referencing Steamworks with Portal 2 and Dust 514‘s connection to PC MMO Eve Online. These are functions we haven’t seen Microsoft attempt since the likes of Shadowrun; will the company ever open up again? Does it need to, given its recent success?