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Sony Says Microsoft ‘Protecting an Inferior Technology’ Over Game Publishing Row

Japan based technology giant and maker of the massively popular PlayStation consoles, Sony Corp. has thrashed its rival in the gaming market Microsoft Corp. over its decision to introduce a new policy that has not gone too well with a majority of the publishers.

Microsoft’s new policy has been aimed at forcing publishers to come up with titles either with exclusivity for the Xbox 360 platform or at least with parity with their offerings for other competing consoles in the market.

According to the company’s new third party publishing guidelines, "Titles for Xbox 360 must ship at least simultaneously with other video game platform, and must have at least feature and content parity on-disc with the other video game platform versions in all regions where the title is available." [Courtesy: Eurogamer]

The move taken by Microsoft already drew bulk of criticism from various corners, particularly from the smaller developers who were almost certain to get affected in a negative way with such strict guidelines in place.

And, as events have unfurled themselves now, Sony was not amused either with this step taken by the Xbox maker.

"I think what [Xbox Europe boss] Chris [Lewis] and the other representatives at Microsoft are doing is protecting an inferior technology," Sony VP of publisher relations, Rob Dyer said in a recent interview with IndustryGamers, according to this (opens in new tab) report.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.