Posted on April 2, 2008,

GTA IV DLC? Who Needs It, Says Sony


Sony’s Scott Steinberg doesn’t think there’s any reason for his company to worry about not having access to the exclusive downloadable content that Xbox 360 owners will have. In his estimation, there’s more than enough game in your typical Grand Theft Auto title that there isn’t much of a need for DLC in GTA.

[Microsoft] spent the GNP of several small Latin American countries to get that [episodic content], and if you’ve ever played San Andreas…there’s a lot of game to Grand Theft Auto and there’s going to be a lot of game to Grand Theft Auto IV to the point where I think most people will have that Grand Theft Auto experience on the PS3, day and date, same core game shipping on the 360. Perhaps they’ll be shipping some episodic content in the fall, but there is a whole lot of product shipping on the PS3 in April and I personally don’t think there’s going to be a huge percentage of folks who jump into downloadable content for another price when they’re still playing through the core product. So while I do think having that brand on their system was a move for them which they felt they needed to make because they cut a big check for it, I think PlayStation fans know the Grand Theft Auto experience on the PS2 is how they grew up playing Grand Theft Auto, and when you combine GTA IV with MGS 4 and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, all the exclusive content that we’ve got going forward, I think that goes from tipping point to shoving point for consumers who are on the fence, wondering what platform should I buy. I think the clear exclusive message that we have is that the PS3 is where, not only do you get Grand Theft Auto, but you’ll get MGS, you’ll get Gran Turismo and these are also brands that have moved hardware units. It’s the elite of the elite products that actually enable hardware to be sold with software and we’ll have three of them.

While initially it seems like a fair enough answer, saying that there’s “enough” to a game to justify not having the option to expand (at least not with the content that 360 owners will be able to) just doesn’t seem like an adequate answer. Now, granted, what else is he really to say and he has to somehow put a spin on it, and he did his job. But there’s no two ways about it: PS3 owners are getting the short-end of the stick when it comes to GTA IV.

Steinberg also talks about how he doesn’t foresee any sort of Wiimote-style controller coming to the PS2, as they’re not in the business of making “knock offs,” which got a chuckle out of me after the whole “PS3 controller, now with motion control!” thing. You can read the full interview at GameDaily.

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10 Comments on GTA IV DLC? Who Needs It, Says Sony


On April 2, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Bah, PC owners always get the shaft when it comes to the GTA series. But at least we can add in content with mods.


On April 2, 2008 at 9:44 pm

” 360:GTAIV + DLC
PS3: GTAIV + MGS + GT5 “


On April 3, 2008 at 4:09 am

Who cares, I rarely pay extra for DLC…


On April 3, 2008 at 4:32 am

Add Blu-ray to the PS3 list. :razz:

Seems that the 360 owners got the short end of the stick… :)


On April 3, 2008 at 5:27 am

“PS3 owners are getting the short-end of the stick when it comes to GTA IV.”

Not really. PS3 owners will be able to play the full game online for free. The people having to pay a tax to play the game they have bought are the ones getting shafted.


On April 3, 2008 at 7:07 am

Sony Executive: “We have learned from the past with the PS3 and we won’t make the same mistakes again.”

Gamers Everywhere: “No you dolt, instead you are making all NEW mistakes.”

Way to kill your brand Sony.


On April 3, 2008 at 7:14 am

Actually 360 are sad paying all that money just for extra episodes who cares!!!!!!!!!!!! that extra content dont mean to me and plus GTA IV aint made for a 360 its made to be on a ps3 so U MICROSOFT!


On April 16, 2008 at 5:38 am

Grow a pair of balls Sony Fanboys

And stop wishing for the DLC while pretending you don’t need it.

Microsoft shat all over Sony on this one and now Sony are pretending it’s no big deal. Fking pathetic wonder what hardware they will rip off next.


On April 23, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Uh.. how did they rip off hardware? The PS3 is way ahead of the 30 in terms of hardware, what are you even thinking? Clearly you just recently crawled out from under a rock- and to call “360 SUCKS” a fanboy as if your response wasn’t Yin to his Yang is wholly hypocritical and utterly pathetic.

May you RROD at 11:59pm, May 1st.. :lol:


On September 10, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Xbox 360:Amped 3
Battlestations: Midway*
Bomberman: Act Zero
Bullet Witch
Call of Duty 2*
Call of Juarez*
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars*
Condemned: Criminal Origins*
Dance Dance Revolution
Dead or Alive 4
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
Dead Rising
Earth Defense Force 2017
Forza Motorsport 2
Full Auto
Fuzion Frenzy 2
Gears of War
Import Tuner Challenge
Kameo: Elements of Power
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition*
MotoGP 06*
Ninety-Nine Nights
Over G Fighters
Perfect Dark Zero
Project Gotham Racing 3
Quake 4*
Ridge Racer 6
Rumble Roses XX
Saints Row
Star Trek: Legacy*
Table Tennis
Tenchu Z
Tetris Evolution
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles*
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle For Middle-earth II*
The Outfit
Top Spin 2*
Viva Piñata
WarTech: Senko No Ronde
Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Volume 1
halo 3
GTA IV exclusive content
Halo wars
Gears of war 2
Dead Rising

PS3: Fomula One: Championship Edition
Full Auto 2: Battlelines
Genji: Days of the Blade
Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
Resistance: Fall of Man
Ridge Racer 7
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom

:shock: xBOX 360 ANYONE?