Console Wars: How cash affects third party developers.

I thought this was an extremely interesting article from Sankaku Complex (via N4G) [Content warning – some readers may be offended by the anime links and images contained throughout the site.]

The article outlines how Microsoft will pony up money for an exclusive 360 title. At some point the game will be ported to the PS3, but Sony demands that the game contain extra content in order to be superior to the 360 version.

Responding to the complaints of Xbox 360 Tales of Vesperia beta testers, a developer has laid bare the not so shocking truth of just how Namco was paid off by Microsoft to secure an “exclusive” release, but instead merely used the Xbox subsidy to reduce development costs on the PS3 version, which it expected to sell better.

All in all, an interesting read, and is another example of an article that is full of fun user comments. It is funny how emotional gamers get about their systems. You have fans of both camps spinning this one left and right, all for a game that will hardly make a dent on the charts.

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