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Sony Deemphasizes GTAIV 360 Episodic Content

Much has been made about the exclusive episodic content for the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV, but Sony's VP of Product Marketing, Scott Steinberg, says it ain't such a big deal.

In an exclusive upcoming interview with GameDaily.biz, Steinberg downplayed the importance of that episodic content and hinted that Microsoft wasted their money to keep it exclusive. Well, perhaps it wasn't a direct insult, but it's still a little jab, and to be honest, he does have a point.

"[Microsoft] spent the GNP of several small Latin American countries to get that [content], and if you've ever played San Andreas...there's a lot of game to Grand Theft Auto and there's going to be a lot of game to Grand Theft Auto IV to the point where I think most people will have that Grand Theft Auto experience on the PS3, day and date, same core game shipping on the 360. Perhaps they'll be shipping some episodic content in the fall, but there is a whole lot of product shipping on the PS3 in April and I personally don't think there's going to be a huge percentage of folks who jump into downloadable content for another price when they're still playing through the core product."

Steinberg went on to comment on Sony losing exclusivity (or timed exclusivity) on the GTA franchise, and he did admit that it was a good move for Microsoft simply because of the money involved. But he also reminds everyone that most fans were initiated into the GTA realm on the PS2, which is why they'll likely be more comfortable with the PS3 version of GTAIV. He also had something to say about the upcoming exclusives for the PS3.

"...and when you combine GTA IV with MGS 4 and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, all the exclusive content that we've got going forward, I think that goes from tipping point to shoving point for consumers who are on the fence, wondering what platform should I buy. I think the clear exclusive message that we have is that the PS3 is where, not only do you get Grand Theft Auto, but you'll get MGS, you'll get Gran Turismo and these are also brands that have moved hardware units. It's the elite of the elite products that actually enable hardware to be sold with software and we'll have three of them."

Again, you have to admit, he has a point.

Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV

3/28/2008 Ben Dutka

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Deleted User []
Friday, March 28, 2008 @ 10:07:14 PM
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xbox can never have a better version of a gta game...

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Warukyure [Power User]
Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 12:15:39 AM
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WOW! He played that card good. Makes me almost forget about the fact that there is DLC for that game. With the stuff like MGS4 and GT5P, I think I will focus more on those as I like those franchises more.

Though I have no doubt that they will eventually release that DLC for the PS3 as well down the road, I can't really see them holding out on Sony.

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fatchad420
Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 2:23:47 AM
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When i play a GTA game, i mess around 90% of the time and do the story missions 10% of the time. Hell i never even beat San Andreas. To me GTA is about running around and killing time, the story is just a side mission.

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Deleted User
Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 4:26:34 AM
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this game cannot and wont be less than our expectations...that would be just rediculous...they can have a few extra cinematics who cares.

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ThePoetRazel
Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 5:06:21 AM
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This game isn't small enough to warrant extra content being needed so soon anyway. By the time i've finished enough of the game for me to want more content the 360 will probably have ended it's life span.

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LegioN
Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 5:44:39 AM
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I haven't completed any GTA series 100% so this episodic content means jack diddly to me

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tramp
Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 6:21:35 AM
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the only GTA i ever finished was liberty city stories for psp,and by that time i was just sick of the game(damn hidden packages)

xbox-er enjoy your content,half of you have to buy it for microsoft to turn a profit ha ha,waste of money.

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Minishmaru
Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 8:17:48 AM
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Seriously tho, when we all get GTA the main and side missions on the disc itself I bet will take most of us a really long time to get through (with work, school,etc) to even care about episodic content. Not to much we have MORE games than just GTA to worry about :-P I'm all about MGS4 baby!!! oh not to mention Crisis Core, Patapon, Locoroco, Cooking Mama...geez...yanno I just have too much time playing other games to even care about the 360 ;-P I kid I kid...seriously tho Microsoft is evil :-D

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Deleted User
Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 3:17:00 PM
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and i forgot that xbox even charges u to download content and to play ANY game online. we will get the shit for free in fall but by that time an average xbox user will most likely buy gta two or three times because microsoft aint giving NOTHING away for free especially if they payed for it... wow

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StrategicGnomer
Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 12:26:20 PM
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The 360 is a good system, it's got some good graphics and it had some pretty killer exclusives and that would have sold me on it. However, I never liked paid services where there were free ones. I would rather pay 100 dollars and never have to pay a monthly fee ever. and that's about the difference between 360 and ps3, $100, and it's closing. Not to mention, by the time you pay all your network fees, your red lights of death fees (since you can't even get a store warranty anymore) and pay for the system itself, you could have just bought 2 ps3s or a ps3 and a Wii. Last gen I always laughed at my friends who had to pay for their Xbox live service while i was happily playing Socom online for free. This is why I never enjoyed MMORPGs.

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