Is Microsoft Worried About GTA IV Being a Playstation Brand?

gtascreen1-1.jpgFor those of us who stay on top of current gaming news, it seems pretty obvious which version of GTA IV is the better buy. Let’s face it, the Xbox 360 versionĀ is the oneĀ getting exclusive downloadable content — not to mention the fact that you can get free Microsoft points for pre-ordering the game at HMV and GAME stores. But it’s important to remember one thing: the majority of gamers don’t keep up-to-date on gaming news.

In a recent editorial, Gameplayer brought up one point I hadn’t considered; namely, the fact that the Grand Theft Auto brand is so closely associated with Playstation’s. It’s not hard to see why, considering each previous GTA has been a timed Playstation exclusive. In fact, of the 14 million copies of GTA: San Andreas that have been sold, 12 million were for the PS2. And the more casual gamer, who doesn’t stay on top of current gaming news and comprises most of the game-buying audience, would probably be more inclined to think this new GTA were exclusive to the Playstation as well. It kind of makes these efforts to net exclusive downloadable content and offer cashback incentives seem more like acts of desperation on Microsoft’s part. Sony, on the other hand, hasn’t lifted a finger to promote their console above Microsoft’s in terms of GTA IV.

Considering this may be the biggest title to be released this year, GTA IV very well could indicate the direction of the console war in the coming months. We’ll have to keep out eyes on sales figures (when we’re not too busy rampaging through Liberty City, that is). You can read the full editorial from Gameplayer by clicking the link below. I certainly found it an interesting read, and I only own a 360.

Via Gameplayer

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9 Comments on Is Microsoft Worried About GTA IV Being a Playstation Brand?

Ivan_PSP

On March 20, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Microsoft is worried about GTA being a PlayStation brand. You should be worried about your job wow a gaming website that doesn’t know how to write the name of a console. Is not Playstation is PlayStation

rorkimaru

On March 20, 2008 at 2:12 pm

actually where the ps3 is concerned its PLAYSTATION, thats what it says on the console i’m typing on.

IIi

On March 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Who cares who sells more I have both consoles but am getting it for the 360 for the content. Who cares who buys it for the Ps3 or 360 exact same on both.

Norbit

On March 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Its is PlayStation but it isnt really that important :lol:

Dave

On March 21, 2008 at 6:45 am

GTA4 has been rumoured to have about 100hrs of gameplay. I prefer Blu-ray, over downloadable content any day. :p

Rorkimaru

On March 21, 2008 at 9:42 am

yeah i kno but i hate when people complain about trivial things so i usualy try to turn it around. ( it is PLAYSTATION 3 though)

if the gam is that big then PS3 is the way to go, all that compression reaks havok on texture and sound quality, i hope we get the uncompessed stuff, we usualy do…

Harman

On March 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Nah, I’m sure each version will sell great.

kman

On March 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm

yeah i guess you dont keep up on ur gaming knowledge either. if u did u would know that with the new technology that sony gave to developers its now easier for them to make games for PS3 than it is for XBOX360. thats why the new Lucas Arts shutdown production in the middle of developing for the 360 and starting developing for the PS3.and also why 5 games that were 360 exclusive are now PS3 exclusive but anyway PS3 will have exclusive content for GTA IV as will.

kman

On March 23, 2008 at 1:34 pm

haha that was suppose to be “as well” not “as will”
oh well peace!!!!!!!!