Hirai: Our Exclusives Are "Unrivaled"
When it was revealed that Final Fantasy XIII would be coming to the Xbox 360, it seemed as if the entire gaming world went ballistic. But as Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai reminds everyone, even Microsoft can't compete with the PlayStation 3's exclusive titles list.
According to an interview with MCV UK, Hirai addressed the subject of Microsoft's investment in exclusive downloadable content for games like Grand Theft Auto IV, which is a practice that most 360 owners approve of. After all, they get stuff nobody else does. But Hirai went on to add what we at PSXE stated in an editorial or two during E3: despite what MS may have, it certainly seems as if Sony has the edge in terms of impending first-party projects.
"On the exclusivity front – whether it’s downloadable or not – one of the unrivalled strengths we have, and we’ve proven this time and time again, is the power of our internal worldwide studios. Our first-party product is obviously platform exclusive and is the best out there. We’ve talked about a raft of great titles, whether that’s LittleBigPlanet, Resistance 2, SoCom, God Of War 3, Killzone 2, MaG, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, [etc.]
"Secondly, if we talk about Blu-Ray, there’s a lot of capacity there. Our discussion with a lot of the publishers is about how the PS3 version of a game has the capacity to exclusive things consumers will be interested in – interviews with the makers of the game, documentary on the franchise or 'making of...' footage. That’s as well as additional weapons, levels, tools and characters. Those things very much differentiate our offerings over and above other versions of the same game."
There's no doubt that 360 owners have done a lot of gloating since the FFXIII announcement, and PS3 owners have done a lot of complaining. But one may be more warranted than the other: 360 owners get a guaranteed "AAA" title, and PS3 owners have to realize two things: FFXIII is still coming to the PS3 (and it'll probably be the better version), and yes, looking about one year down the road, it's tough to say that either Microsoft or Nintendo can compete with Sony's exclusive lineup. So dry those eyes, FFXIII complainers.
7/28/2008 Ben Dutka