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I remember reading a good two or so years ago, that Rockstar offered Sony exclusivity on GTA4, but the head guy at Sony felt the PS3 could outsell the 360 without GTA exclusively and they didn't want to pay Rockstar for the contract. I'm guessing Rockstar wanted in the region of $50 million for that contract. Instead, they did what any company would logically do and offer it to other consoles to maximise their potential profit, namely the Xbox 360, and Microsoft offered extra money for some exclusive content which Rockstar were obviously happy to provide seeing as 'the PS3 will outsell the 360 anyway'. It doesn't bother me because I have both consoles and I have the game on both consoles too, but personally, I think it's Sony's fault that the PS3 doesn't have exclusive content. They could have had the game exclusively, but they were too arrogant about how well they thought their console would do, so it serves them right to be honest.
Of course, all of that could have been rumours at the time, but it seems entirely possible to me.
Gamers don't work for their consoles's companies, and I guess very few have auctions so I don't see why we should really care about whose particular fault it is if Microsoft got the deal and not Sony, I mean either way half the gamers are fucked with this exclusivity thing ! I know you're not confusing Sony with PS3 owners, but anyway is it really important if it's a company or the other that got the exclusivity ?
As a matter of fact these "exclusivity" strategies have nothing to do with gamer's interests !
Of course they aren't made with gamers interests in mind, it's all about getting one over their competitors. It's not even really about making money. The reason Microsoft were willing to pay $50 million, which I'm almost certain they won't get back, is to entice people to buy a 360 and get the game for the 360, and I'm sure it worked, because that was a large part of the reason why I bought a 360 console and got the game on both. Most people don't care who is to blame for the exclusivity, you're right, but there are various "Sony fanboys" who are blaming Microsoft for missing out on the exclusive content, and if the rumours are to be believed, they should be pissed off at Sony for their original arrogance than Microsoft for actually paying for it.
Microsoft are free to charge whatever they want for the DLC. They've already paid $50 million to Rockstar Games for it, so there's no profit in it for Rockstar. Microsoft could charge £40 for the content if they wanted to make some money back on their huge investment, however I think £15 is a very fair price bearing in mind it's taken Rockstar about a year to make this Downloadable content, and if you consider GTA Vice City took a year to make, then this addition could potentially be the equivalent of a small new game. I'm not saying it will be though.