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Sony Computer Entertainment UK managing director Ray Maguire has told VideoGamer.com that "nothing is ever exclusive" in response to questions surrounding exclusive DLC on Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Microsoft has tied up Xbox 360 exclusive downloadable content for some of this year's biggest games, including GTA 4, Fallout 3 and Tomb Raider: Underworld, leading to complaints from some PS3 owners that Sony isn't doing enough for them.

However, speaking to VideoGamer.com at the Games 3.0 conference in London earlier this week, Maguire rejected those complaints, saying he would "much rather that we (Sony) were investing money into making sure that we've got great R&D and we start producing games like LittleBigPlanet rather than paying other people a huge amount of money to stop people playing their product."

Maguire's "nothing is ever exclusive" comment is certain to add fuel to speculation that the high profile GTA 4 DLC that is due for release exclusively on the Xbox 360 will eventually make its way to the PS3.

Back in May, SCEE boss David Reeves told VideoGamer.com in that PS3-owners "probably will see" GTA 4 DLC, and described the deal as "the last shot they (Microsoft) have".

When asked if he had any message for PS3-owners who feel frustrated at the fact that they won't be have access to downloadable content for GTA 4, Fallout 3 and Tomb Raider: Underworld, Maguire replied: "One thing to remember, nothing is ever exclusive. Things get wrapped up for a period of time for a large amount of money and if it's a strategic decision by competition to do that then we have to live with that."

He added: "Obviously, what we have to do is make sure that our business plan is adhered to and we have the amount of money to invest in games rather than investing in stopping other people making games and progressing. So I would much rather that we were investing money into making sure that we've got great R&D and we start producing games like LittleBigPlanet, rather than paying other people a huge amount of money to stop people playing their product."

When we pressed Maguire on the subject, asking him directly if exclusive Xbox 360 DLC might eventually come to the PS3, he dodged the issue, saying: "You have to remember that most third-party publishers of course have a business proposition that covers all platforms. With our own of course it's different because our investment would purely be on our own platforms, and that's the same as any first party. That's a small part of the overall offering nowadays and the days of big exclusives, I think they were over a couple of years ago but they're certainly over now."

Be sure to check the site later this week for VideoGamer.com's interview with Ray Maguire in full.

What do you think? Will Xbox 360 exclusive DLC eventually come to the PS3? Would you prefer Sony to invest in R&D than in exclusive DLC? Let us know in the comments section below.

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whats with tomb raider going to ms with its dlc that franchise was built on playstation

It was never exclusive to the playstation, it was on the Saturn aswell.
Posted 11:47 on 30 October 2008
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jesus

this crap is starting to get old its time to make it fair. and whats with tomb raider going to ms with its dlc that franchise was built on playstation
Posted 11:40 on 30 October 2008
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Im glad sony puts more in to R&D then procureing DLC. It would be silly to think that a company like Rockstar or bethisda to not want to make money off of what thay made for any games thay make. all Maguire is saying is that yes microsoft payd a butt load of money to hold the rights for AWHILE so in turn boost what people think of the 360 and help game makers get more money, BUT the game makers know that no fool in there right minds gana pay what thay can stand to make off people from the DLC let alone not makein full patenchel profit off what thay payed there staff to make for the games thay made. IE hey take this 30 bucks for this (item in question) and make sure you dont sell it to any one i say not to. would you do that?
Posted 06:22 on 30 October 2008
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^^ Those would be 1st party exclusive characters/games.

What he's talking about is that 3rd party games should NOT be exclusive to one console and that everyone should be able to play it.

He also says that companies like, for example Sony, should invest more money into R&D and 1st party games rather than paying other companies to get exclusive games, which I agree with. What makes Console "A" different from Console" B"? Other than the differnt parts that they're made from and the name brand, the 1st party games in my opinion.
Posted 05:56 on 30 October 2008
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"nothing is ever exclusive"
Ahem.... has he never heard of Mario, Zelda or Metroid? Smash Brothers? Star Fox or Kirby? Donkey Kong?

Nothing is ever exclusive indeed... He's got that right.... psh
Posted 04:38 on 30 October 2008
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In all fairness Microsoft will get the exculsives as the 360 is a easy console to work with, but however the PS3 is getting there and developers are starting to scratch the surface of blu-ray technology.

And with the Mass Effect 2 multi-platform, my guess is that it will happen as EA has brought out Bioware. And EA would make sure it would reach to other systems than the one, as they would know that they would make more money doing so.
Posted 19:20 on 29 October 2008
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guess what micro soft doesn't have deep pockets! micro soft share holder made sure of that. By the way there is talk that mass effect 2 is going multi plat!
Posted 17:09 on 29 October 2008
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You cant win a bidding war for DLC against the richest company on earth, mirror's edge isn`t going to be a big console seller unlike gta and as for heavy rain you will see a downgrade version for the 360 if people want it for that platform
Posted 17:01 on 29 October 2008
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No mention of the exlusive DLC sony acquired for mirror's edge then? granted it wont be as good as fallout 3's and gta's but nonetheless it goes to show these guys open their mouths without knowing what they r tallking about, lbp is cool but r u telling me it couldnt happen unless there was no dlc for ps3 owners!!! ms make games and have exclusive dlc...CRAZY RAY MAGUIRE- RETARD NO.1 stop saying PR rubbish ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!! Vote for the truth!!
Posted 16:00 on 29 October 2008
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what r&d mean?

Research & Development.
Posted 15:47 on 29 October 2008
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He means that pc gaming can progress like it always has. They are going to stop stealing pc gaming tittles. He is also right pc gamers can build emulators to play console games. There is just no point, but to make games and push progress you make money. Indie game devs and small games will not hurt because of high cost for programs.

It's better for a game dev to go multi plat then to be exclusive.

Take a good look at lucas arts for exmaple and their pc game fans
Posted 15:45 on 29 October 2008
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what r&d mean?
Posted 15:38 on 29 October 2008
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"we have the amount of money to invest in games rather than investing in stopping other people making games and progressing"

looks like moda***sers at Sony hav forgotten that they just paid to get Heavy Rain PS3 exclusive
Posted 15:37 on 29 October 2008
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Karlius

This has surely been commented on previously and as before seems as bitter still.
Posted 15:29 on 29 October 2008
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When making articles try not to have so much repitition.
A lot of paraphrasing and the quoting the exact same info.
Sometimes quoting multiple times the same content.
I like the info. but please, deliver it in a more concise professional manner.
Posted 15:03 on 29 October 2008

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