Sony is claiming that it has another trump card for its
PlayStation 3 when compared to the XBOX 360. Sony is committed to distributing
games digitally through its E-Distribution Initiative including
first-party games. "Our first party projects are all unique to PS3.
Some of our games, by virtue of their design and hardware demands, simply
couldn't work on Xbox 360," said SCEA Santa Monica director of external
production John Hight. Microsoft's XBOX Live Arcade, on the other hand, has
been mainly limited to third-party
efforts and classic titles.
Sony is looking to a digital distribution model for a wide
variety of games to help curtail inventory risk, game cost and piracy in the
gaming industry. In this essence, Sony envisions a system that sounds quite
similar to Valve's Steam. The move would also help to starve off used game
sales which Sony isn't too keen on in the first place. Gamasutra reports:
Hight confirmed that
Sony is firmly committed to developing games for digital distribution within
its own first-party studios - unlike Microsoft, which has focused mainly on
looking to third parties to supply games for Xbox Live Arcade. According to
Hight, Sony will "fund development for first party games, and we are open
to self-funded games."
Whether Microsoft will feel compelled to respond with its
own first-party efforts on XBOX Live Arcade remains a mystery. The boys in
Redmond will likely just sit back and see how Sony fares once the PS3 is