Last week, Sony's Rob Dyer said Microsoft is "protecting inferior technology," which is why their content submission and release policy seems so restrictive.
But analysts aren't surprised at said policy and one actually gave an intriguing explanation: David Cole of DFC Intelligence told IndustryGamers that a manufacturer must "protect its edge as aggressively as possible." Translation?
"My take is that video game console manufacturers have always been closed systems and there is a tendency for the manufacturer to protect its edge as aggressively as possible. Both Sony and Nintendo have taken aggressive policies to protect their market lead against would be up-and-comers. In the case of the Xbox 360 it is an older system and clearly there are concerns about content looking better on the PS3."
Oh, he didn't go there , did he? Microsoft fans will be absolutely furious. EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich agreed that Sony has the right to express such concerns, but at the same time, he doesn't blame Microsoft for having those policies. Said Divnich:
"These types of policies are very much the norm with content distributors (and physical retailers). Microsoft is the current leader in HD game distribution, so it is only natural that we would see the market leader implement policies that continue to give themselves a competitive advantage."
It's an interesting conundrum and one can make many assumptions. But we won't elaborate further; we'll let our readers do it. They're good at it. 😉