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Virtual Legality Episode 276

From Spider-Man to PS5 Controller, Sony Is Selling Exclusivity

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With Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5 (PS5) taking wildly different approaches to revenue generation, it's no surprise that the messaging of the two companies has now diverged almost completely.

But with Sony pursuit of a "walled garden" strategy (the previous industry standard), what used to be commonplace is starting to look quite a bit less consumer friendly.

Because when you're selling access, your average Spider-Man, no matter how friendly, has to be very particular about what neighborhood he frequents (and what controller he plays with)...in Virtual Legality.

#PS5 #SpiderMan #DualSense


Discussed in this episode:

"Avengers’ Spider-Man will be exclusive to PlayStation, according to a pulled retail listing"
VGC - August 2, 2020 - Andy Robinson
https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/avengers-spider-man-will-be-exclusive-to-playstation-according-to-a-pulled-retail-listing/

"Launch is Just The Beginning for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes"
PlayStation Blog - June 10, 2019
https://blog.playstation.com/2019/06/10/marvels-avengers-revealed-at-square-enix-live-e3-2019/

"Online retailer says Spider-Man will be exclusively playable in the PS4 version of Marvel's Avengers"
Reddit Thread - August 1, 2020
https://www.reddit.com/r/GamingLeaksAndRumours/comments/i1kov7/online_retailer_says_spiderman_will_be/

Joint Development Agreement (Sample)
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1143301/000119312511294675/d219137dex1022.htm

"A PlayStation Exclusive Spider-Man In ‘Avengers’ Would Just Make Everyone Mad"
Forbes - August 3, 2020 - Paul Tassi
https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2020/08/03/a-playstation-exclusive-spider-man-in-avengers-would-just-make-everyone-mad/#5dd78e6d7c39

"Microsoft confirms Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play and up to 120fps"
The Verge - July 31, 2020 (updated) - Tom Warren
https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/31/21349236/halo-infinite-multiplayer-free-to-play-120fps-rumors

"343 shoots down the rumor that Halo Infinite will launch without multiplayer"
PC Gamer - Wes Fenlon
https://www.pcgamer.com/343-shoots-down-the-rumor-that-halo-infinite-will-launch-without-multiplayer/

"PlayStation 5: Answering your questions on compatible PS4 peripherals & accessories"
PlayStation Blog Post - August 3, 2020
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/03/playstation-5-answering-your-questions-on-compatible-ps4-peripherals-accessories/

"Xbox Series X: Making Gaming’s Best Controller Even Better"
Xbox News Wire - March 16, 2020
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/03/16/xbox-series-x-controller/


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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