Microsoft rumoured to have secured some sort of EA exclusivity deal

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Posted 11:43am on Wed 27 February 2013
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Microsoft rumoured to have secured some sort of EA exclusivity deal
Likely to be DLC or limited time exclusives.

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Posted 11:43am on Wed 27 February 2013
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It might sound crazy but as a 360 owner a deal like that pushes me more towards a PS4 instead of a Nextbox due to EA's, how can I put it... despicable business practices?
Posted 11:48am on Wed 27 February 2013
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    It might sound crazy but as a 360 owner a deal like that pushes me more towards a PS4 instead of a Nextbox due to EA's, how can I put it... despicable business practices?

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    I think I could live without EA if it's just a mega bucks deal to have FIFA etc exclusive to the next Xbox.

    Battlefield 3 put me right off bothering with online multiplayer with them and also the Dead Space and Mass Effect franchises feel complete to me now anyway.
    Posted 11:50am on Wed 27 February 2013
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    Ass hats, i think deals like this come across as really selfish and kinda greedy. £££$$$

    EDIT: I'm talking about EA.
    Posted 12:03pm on Wed 27 February 2013
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      If it was UbiSoft mind instead of EA I would be worried personally...but EA, who cares except FIFA fans, and most shooter fans tend to go to COD anyway.
      Posted 12:06pm on Wed 27 February 2013
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      Maybe EA are going to push Origin on the next Xbox?

      As much as I've loved my Xbox, I'm starting to lean more towards the next Playstation. Things like 'always on online' connections (even to use the console for more basic functions like watching films) and the prospect of blocking second hand games (goodbye rental marke as well as the second-hand game market) are really putting me off.
      Posted 12:09pm on Wed 27 February 2013
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      Hmmm, DLC or 'staggered release dates' hardly sound like an alluring feature to me. They sound like EA and MS trying to make a very big deal over a probably small and insignificant thing.
      Posted 12:38pm on Wed 27 February 2013
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      I get the feeling that microsoft initiated this "deal" and not EA, although, that is not to say EA weren't happy to oblige, when large cheques were involved.

      Also that's double standards Microsoft. Forebiding the release of retail games on your platform if they have already been relased else on a rivals first, whilst making deals for "staggered release" dates for games, yourself. Talk about unfair pactices.
      Posted 1:04pm on Wed 27 February 2013
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      Read the comments, bashed my head against desk and thought are you for real! Exclusivity deals happen all the time, it's simply a way to make your brand seem more appealing than the next.

      It happens in all industry. The amount of times I've even seen an exclusive deal brokered on the apprentice TV show is huge. Another example is the online movie rental business exclusivity with movie studios, which affects the choice of supplier you choose.

      This is no different it's just business.

      It's not money grabbing or in any way devious. No doubt Sony are working on countless exclusivity deals too. Your thoughts of Sony being an ethical company are totally misconstrued. The amount of back door deals, blatant lying and dodgy deals cut by that firm is second to none. But in truth who can blame them they've come a long way since getting their fingers burned on betamax.

      You guys need to get a grip!!

      Bravo Microsoft any exclusivity is a coup in my eyes especially if it's something to do with Respawn!!

      Now next time you walk into a supermarket and pick up a bogof think of me because someone somewhere has brokered an exclusivity deal right there and I don't see you complaining too often about that!
      Posted 1:15pm on Wed 27 February 2013
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      Wait so platform exclusive titles are support, endorsed and 'OK', but a delay to release DLC on multi-platform games is greedy and selfish? ...okay. I see how you are vg community. Forgive me if I take most of your rumour-ranting with a pinch of salt.

      Also, as I recall, the rumour was that both Sony AND MS were intending to have some form of anti-second-hand mechanism and/or require always-on connections.

      Personally Mass Effect is the only EA game I've played in a long long time, sports do not interest me, neither do their fps brands. But I don't see any problem with them brokering this deal. The question you should be asking is...Why aren't Sony or Nintendo trying to do the same thing with other companies? You're not telling me you believe Sony and Nintendo are all happy-happy full-of-integrity doing it just for the fans now are you? Everyone is in it for the business. No business, no deal.

      My biggest concern with both platforms at the moment is whether game purchases will be totally locked to a specific user. At the moment Xbox Live has it perfect. Anyone on the console it was purchased or first registered has access to it and the user who bought/activated it has access to it on every machine. As long as both myself and my wife can play a game we've bought once on a single console, then great. Restrictions on trade ins is also fine, as long as there is some way to extract value from old purchases.

      So far I've seen nothing to indicate that MS or Sony are any different from each other. The difference is that MS are smarter at marketing that any of the other platform holders. Largely because all we have is rumour-mongering on the MS front and a whole load of spin and 'show us the good stuff don't worry about the bad' from Sony.
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