Recent news broke that the Battlefield 3 open beta will be launching on all platforms (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC) on September 29th. However, PlayStation 3 owners of Medal of Honor Limited Edition will gain 48 hour early access if they redeem the code that came with the game. In other surprising news, DICE’s Jr. Product Manager Tommy Rydling got on the PlayStation blog and announced that all Battlefield 3 expansion packs will be arriving one week earlier on the PlayStation 3 than the other two platforms.
I can’t help but see this as a move by Sony and EA to try to counteract the exclusive deal that Microsoft and Activision have for the Call of Duty DLC to be released earlier on the Xbox 360. This news doesn’t negatively affect me because I have the PlayStation 3 as my console of choice, however, I do not think these exclusive deals are helping anyone. I think that exclusive deals like this and the Call of Duty deal only hurt the gamers that want to play these games.
Luckily this deal only holds off the expansions for one week but the Call of Duty deal has a larger negative impact for PlayStation 3 and PC players. With exclusive game deals going away, I believe that platforms will continue to garner exclusive content instead and that it will only hurt the gamers. So far I don’t believe that any content has been entirely marked as exclusive to a system, only a timed exclusive, and I hope that these deals never progress beyond that to complete exclusivity, which could potentially lockout players from great content .
Source – PlayStation Blog