Timed Exclusive DLC Hurts The Industry, Argues Xbox Boss

What’s that old saying about people who live in castles of glass?

Posted By | On 22nd, Dec. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

Last generation, with the Xbox 360, in the face of Sony’s formidable lineup of exclusives owing to PlayStation’s great first party, and exclusive Japanese game support, Microsoft pioneered the practise of timed exclusive DLC- the practise of basically securing DLC exclusivity for multiplatform games for their platform for a certain period of time.

This generation, Sony have turned that around on Microsoft, securing timed exclusive DLC for all the most popular games. Sony did that with Call of Duty, a brand that was practically synonymous with Xbox 360 (arguably in part because it used to have timed exclusive DLC for Xbox) and with Destiny, among other games. But according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, timed exclusive DLC is a practice that hurts the industry, and should be discouraged.

“Paying marketing funds so another consoles base can’t play a piece of content doesn’t feel like growth,” Spencer said on Twitter, arguing instead that value added content like allowing mods for Fallout 4, EA Access, and backwards compatibility offerings are better ways of having ‘platform exclusives.’

While I actually even agree with the second statement a bit, I do feel the need to point out that the Xbox invented the concept of timed exclusive DLC to begin with– every major game from the previous generation, from Call of Duty to Skyrim, had timed exclusive DLC deals with Xbox 360, and some, including the one for Call of Duty, continued well into this generation. Microsoft do not get to criticize the concept of timed exclusive DLC, when the entire concept is of their making, and one that they were actively involved in until recently.

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  • crazy_black_man-

    Wait, is that a tear? Is Phil Spencer….crying? He better not get any salt in his eyes. It burns.

    • The truth-ier

      Hey idiot, or crazy idiot ….

      Sony=38 Billion
      MSFT=494 Billion Market Cap

      Do you want to go into quarterly earnings? Contrary to the idiot who wrote the article, and you, MSFT is fine, and will be fine.

      Sony did the same thing last gen, you are picking and choosing what to post, and thats the problem with sonybolt, fanboy site with idiot posters.

    • crazy_black_man-
    • Mark

      Dam, u make me wanna go over there on Reddit and start crying with those guys, ahaha. That’s some funny, and messed up stuff. Although NeoGaf has its share of Sony babies whining too.

  • Mr Xrat

    All good when he got timed exclusive DLC for The Division and FIFA though.

  • It didnt hurt maketing when he got timed exclusive for tom raider but when sony does it its bad for the industry. Phil shut the f*ck up

  • omarcominyo

    They created a monster! Exclusives don’t affect me but I’d still like yo see them go!

  • Game of Trolls

    lol The hypocrisy shows his stupidity. Tom Clancy’s The Division DLC, COD: AW DLC, Dead Rising 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Titanfall, Ryse: Son of Rome, Ark: Survival Evolved, Elite: Dangerous, Conan, Gwent were and are Exclusive to Xbox One.
    Xbox 360 had not only DLC exclusives but one year full game exclusives like BioShock 1&2, Mass Effect 1&2, The Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion, The Witcher 2, Call of Duty 4:MW, Splinter Cell Conviction, Plants vs Zombies 1&2, F.E.A.R. and many more including indies.

  • Gamez Rule

    “But according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, timed exclusive DLC is a practice that hurts the industry, and should be discouraged” = LMAO! It’s perfect when it’s in MS’s favour, but when the tide is turned it’s to be discouraged ☺

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