EA and Microsoft to announce content partnership on next-gen Xbox - Report

Microsoft and EA working on a new partnership for the next-gen Xbox, though software exclusives remain unlikely.

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The latest round of next-gen speculation has suggested an upcoming partnership between EA and Microsoft. The rumoured collaboration, which suggests timed exclusives for downloadable content as opposed to the idea of Battlefield 4 not coming to the PlayStation 4, will allegedly be made public when Microsoft debuts its next Xbox.

Two anonymous sources reported the supposed deal to CVG, though neither knew exact specifics about what EA and Microsoft will announce.

EA was absent from the PlayStation 4 announcement last week outside of a brief flash of its company logo. Chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen last night explained the publisher's absence as EA's "timing of our own slate as well as trying to maintain a good balance of power with all the parties out there" during yesterday's Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference.

Microsoft is expected to unveil its next Xbox in April, ahead of a second showing of the machine at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

EA and Sony have had a special relationship across many games on the PlayStation 3. Sony previously enjoyed a one-week exclusivity period for all Battlefield 3 DLC, and the announced-but-still-unseen Battlefield 4 will almost certainly be a major part of EA's plans for the next year. Microsoft, on the other hand, has had Call of Duty DLC all sewn up with exclusivity deals since Modern Warfare 2 launched in 2009.

Meanwhile, Activision announced as part of the PlayStation 4 unveiling last week that upcoming Bungie-helmed open-world shooter Destiny will contain exclusive content on Sony's next-generation console.

Discussion

460 comments
Kronical42
Kronical42

At this point I am not interested in the 720, nothing about the console appeals to me, rumors or not, if MS cared then they would tell us what is real and what is not, but them sitting back letting us think all these rumors, and to not say anything till the Event, makes me question the direction they are going.

For me to buy a Xbox, they would have to tell us that every single rumor is false, at the event. Which is very unlikely.

K1LLT3K
K1LLT3K

Well if this isn't a red flag idk what is

GERMAcide
GERMAcide

I kinda hate this. Microsoft and Activision should have remained together

McGregor
McGregor

Timed exclusives aren't anything to brag about. I don't look at that as a system seller, especially if those timed exclusives are from EA. I'm glad I made the decision to go to the PC exclusively (unless in a few years the xbox/ps4 are super cheap, and have some, "must have" games).

pwc2
pwc2

Sounds about right, After all MS ruined MFS by making MS Flight.

EA has been screwing up games that used to be good.

SkaiNett
SkaiNett

Timed exclusive downloadable content... so I have to wait two more weeks for it to come out for me. Who cares?

tionmedon
tionmedon

..........BOYCOTT EA........

ramey2049
ramey2049

you know what I love about PS3? The 12 hour updates, the 3 hour CD installs and when I DL something I have to then install it. I love it when I want to play a digital DL and there's an update but we can't just install the update can we... NO too hard, lets redownload the entire god damn thing plus the update and reinstall, PERFECT

ramey2049
ramey2049

I didn't even read the article, and I couldn't care less about you fanboys and the console wars, every system has it's pros and cons so shut up about your beloved console, with that said         FUCK     EA

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

Microsoft and EA

Rushed mediocre games at sky high prices.   While some gamers play games to boost their trophy/gamer score, they make average games to boost their bank balance.

@Leakybubbles 

...or Osama bin Laden and Kim Jong Un

spiders213
spiders213

I seriously hope this signals the end for both EA and Microsoft in the gaming world.  Nuff said.

JAntrim69
JAntrim69

Who cares, im not buying a XBOX 720 for BF4 or Madden, PC will do just fine.

BlakMagix89
BlakMagix89

PS4 = AWESOMENESS!!! POWERHOUSE!!! SWEETNESS TO ARRIVE!!!!
XBOX 720 = WELL......WE'LL JUST HAVE TO SEE HOW 2 FULL SPINS STACK UP TO    THE POWER OF 4

rapists
rapists

Also don't forget to add DRM to everything, no used games with digital distribution only, force online paid subscriptions on everyone, add ps3 cinavia style watermarking to streaming files, release multiple DLCs at launch for every games, oh and might as well ask apple to put itune in there as the primary file management os tool.

Leakybubbles
Leakybubbles

Reading the headline is like reading: "Sauron and Voldemort have combined forces"

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

I am buying whichever delivers a more complete GTA experience.

godsend1989
godsend1989

I play games not platforms, who gives a crap.

Atheosis
Atheosis

Gamers are the losers when it comes to all this timed exclusivity nonsense.

Kast25
Kast25

Look at all these noobs taking trash about the 360 haha

360 pwned the PS3 this gen, you geeks know it :) Sony, all you do is trailers with no game play...boring!!!

PS - Love the Sony fan boys...

AzatiS
AzatiS

Two of the most greedy and imho worst companies for 2012 announce partenship !! GREAT NEWS ( for their enemies that is )

handofkain
handofkain

OMG! Another reason to go for PS4 rather than the next xbox then......

MadaraSoul
MadaraSoul

I have both ps3 and xbox 360, xbox stared out so well with original games like lost odyssey, blue dragon , tales of vespria and kameo  then went down hill makeing the same 2 exclusive every year gears and halo. ms just keep backing shooting games the 4 brain dead and stopped make the "thinkers man games" PS on the other hand have stayed true 2 fans of true gaming and not relying on westernized shooters  not to say thety also dont rob you 4 a gold membership.

 this war is already over, online connection al the time lol not every 1 that has an xbox is online and they will lose that fan base this is gaming gone mad. Ps 4 has got my ££   

14LIL12
14LIL12

MS must leave the gaming industry.

sonic1564
sonic1564

I love the butthurt the poor calves make. If this were to happen to PS4, they would eat this up since the only play interactive movies.


NeonNinja
NeonNinja

I HATE when multiplatform games have exclusive content on one system over the other.  So.  Stupid.

McGregor
McGregor

@Zero_resistance Don't forget the always on DRM that doesn't have enough servers to support the users that paid for the game, thus forcing them to hack the game and/or download it illegally just so they can play the product that they paid for.

ramey2049
ramey2049

@spiders213 Yeah, let's hope they go out of business so sony is the only powerhouse console on the market, they won't price gouge you at all.

BlakMagix89
BlakMagix89

@Leakybubbles naw......more like EA made a deal with the devil. but will get f'd over in the end..... just sayin.

pwc2
pwc2

@godsend1989 Just like most anything, if you don't pay attention to what's happening, consider yourself totally screwed.

It's Irresponsible not to pay attention! 

handofkain
handofkain

@Kast25 look, I am mostly a PC gamer, but this title made me want to buy a PS4, even if I won't play any game on it. Also, I am boycotting everything EA has to offer since they went on a crap spree in the last years.

PS - From the way you're speaking, you are an Xbox fan boy... 

chaos-commander
chaos-commander

@Kast25  What do you mean, ps3 sold more than xbox this gen and last gen as of last year sony sold 77 million as of this year xbox sold 76 million if you do the math sony won.

ramey2049
ramey2049

@MadaraSoul Plus maybe you haven't read about the PS4 multiple subscription levels for online??? Didn't think so...

ramey2049
ramey2049

@MadaraSoul How come no one ever bitches about nintendo making 1700 marios and zeldas but anybody else who makes a sequel is milking the franchise, Oh and BTW don't forget god of war, COD, BF, MOH, resistance, killzone, gran turismo, Sony NEVER rereleases anything, FUCK you fanboys of any console.

handofkain
handofkain

@sonic1564 Actually, since EA is going for content on Xbox mostly, I think the "calves" are the ones who provide EA with milk. I personally think, good riddance EA.

Kronical42
Kronical42

@ramey2049 @spiders213 Seeing how they have stated that games would be $1-$60, and if MS went down it would be after the launch of it's console, having PS4 console price alrdy selling, no I dont think they would  price gouge us at all. Plus as i stated below on your comment, that would be Monopolizing, and that is a MS thing, not Sony sorry.

Plus there is still the PC, wii , and depending on there sells, Ouya, and the steam box.

godsend1989
godsend1989

@handofkain @godsend1989 what does that has to do with anything ? if xbox and playstation were a game i would argue maybe but in the end their just our bitches.

killerclam48
killerclam48

@chaos-commander @Kast25 Actualy its 77 million shipped. As IGN put it  "It’s important to note that these figures are shipped and not sold to consumers" 

Also "It’s also important to note that it’s unclear if these numbers were garnered straight from sources at Sony and Microsoft, or are part of IDC’s overall forecast."

So try not to wave that around, its misinformation.

On a side note Xbox has been ahead of PS3 for MOST of this generation to my knowledge.

If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but the fact that both consoles have always been neck in neck in sales tells me that they are both equally as good in there respective ways. That's my opinion

killerclam48
killerclam48

@ramey2049 @MadaraSoul Killzone... They're all doing it. Its funny how seriously people are taking this news when none of it is confirmed. 

Also they seem to forget or skim the part of the article that says: "EA and Sony have had a special relationship across many games on the PlayStation 3" But that's for the people talking about the supposed partnership...