Xbox boss says its third party publishers that ultimately determine how expensive these deals can get.
Both Sony and Microsoft have been having their share of third party deals, exclusives and timed exclusives but the former seems to be more dominant in that area. It currently has deals with Activision for Destiny and Call of Duty, bringing Final Fantasy 7’s remake to PS4 first and exclusivity of Capcom’s Street Fighter 5. However, Xbox boss Phil Spencer says that these deals aren’t coming that easily.
When asked by GameSpot if the Xbox One is having a tougher time getting third party content compared to Sony, Spencer said, “So, they [Sony] don’t ‘gobble’ the deals up. They buy them.
“You know, I read the same things you do, and I know some people think it’s somehow less expensive to sign third-party exclusives if you have a bigger market-share. I can tell you, it has nothing to do with market share.”
So as popular as the PS4 may be at 25 million units worldwide, it’s not the one deciding the market value of different third party titles as much as the respective publishers are.