Sony Says Microsoft is 'Protecting an Inferior Technology'
Companies are certainly no stranger to talking badly about a competitor, no matter what the subject is. Today, we have a Sony executive talking about Microsoft, and it is a pretty cut and dry subject. SCEA's Rob Dyer, senior VP of publisher relations, says that Microsoft is "protecting an inferior technology" after revelations last week that Microsoft reserves the right to veto any content that is released first on the PlayStation Network. If something releases first on the PSN, Microsoft can block it from releasing on Xbox Live Arcade. Microsoft's third party guidelines say that games released on the Xbox 360 must launch "at least simultaneously" with other consoles and must have "at least" the same features. If neither one of those are met, then Microsoft can block the game from being released on XBLA. Dyer says that is because Microsoft can't do what Sony does, even with disc-based games since those have to be under 9GB due to the DVD nature of the Xbox 360.
Microsoft does not like when a publisher negotiates something exclusive with Sony for the PS3, since it would be perceived as better on the PS3 than the 360. Dyer claims that Microsoft is trying to eliminate everything Sony does for the consumer to better protect its inferior technology. Dyer also said that independent developers are realizing that Sony does not demand "a pound of flesh" to get something released on its platform. He also stressed Valve's work with Portal 2 on the PS3 and CCP's plans with Dust 514, something that would not be possible on the 360. Dust 514 is an FPS tied into the EVE Online universe, so your actions in the FPS directly correlate to something in the PC MMORPG, like the capture of a planet.