PlayStation 3 Gets Benefit Of New NBC Universal Deal
There's another battle being waged in the console war; a battle that actually doesn't include video games: it's the downloadable movie and TV confrontation between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
As reported by TechRadar, the 360 may have the lead in the UK, with all sorts of DLC available from the likes of Paramount, Universal and Warner, but Sony may have just snagged the edge in this country. They just signed a deal with NBC Universal, and the interesting part about this news is that it's the "last major studio to allow downloadable content on the PS3." As the article also mentions, the other major studio - Sony Pictures - isn't something Microsoft has access to, unless they grab a hold of such content through Netflix. Recent Universal additions to the PS3 now include the movies "Milk" and "Role Models," and if you're a huge fan of "The Office" (aren't we all?), you'll be happy to know that it's now available as DLC on Sony's machine. In all, the PS3 features about 1,300 movies and 4,500 TV episodes, which are also capable of being viewed on the go via your PSP. All of this is something very new to the world of video games; could we have even imagined we'd be talking about movies and TV shows on our original Nintendos?
Anyway, battles like these are always fun to watch. Both sides angle for position on a frequent basis, and in the end, both competitors will have advantages in certain areas.
3/11/2009 Ben Dutka