PS3 fan boys and Xbox360 enthusiasts have been used to the fact that there are some video games that are released solely for one console or the other. As far as I know, they have no qualms about this. They even take pride in the fact that only they can play such a great video game. Take the God of War franchise, for example. I honestly think that this is one of the greatest video games ever made. And only those with Sony PS2s or PS3s can play the game. On the other hand, you have Halo. Only Xbox or Xbox360 owners can play the game.
Yet according to experts, the days when video game exclusives are the norm are now drawing to an end. Jennifer Martinez of The Guardian reports:
Rising development costs might force console makers Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp to publish more video games themselves, as independent studios avoid exclusive deals for blockbusters.
The fortunes of the hardware makers have turned on whether they can attract exclusive hit video games, driving fans to buy their consoles. But increasingly, the companies behind the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will have to fund their own games if they want publishing rights to a game their rivals cannot get.
So one thing or another is going to happen. Either the external game developing companies insist on creating games that are not exclusive OR Microsoft and Sony will make the games themselves. I think the latter is going to win out in this case. What do you think?