Exclusivity. It brings us rage and validation. We rejoice when our console of choice gets some type of content that cannot be experienced anywhere else. And when we’re left looking at that greener grass on the other side, we feel disgusted with where the industry has gone.
Yet, this year’s upcoming Star Wars Battlefront features special exclusive deals to both the PS4 and Xbox One, and while it may not have been entirely intended, it serves as one of the first times gamers can feel like they aren’t being cheated.
You see, over the weekend at the D23 Expo (a convention in which Disney unveils all of its upcoming projects), Disney unveiled a special edition PlayStation 4 that features Darth Vader’s countenance looking at home upon the beautiful and black PS4.
Granted, current PS4 owners most likely won’t be getting this (unless they want a 2nd PS4), but there’s no doubt that someone choosing between an Xbox One and a PlayStation 4 could totally be swayed by a special edition PS4. Heck, I’d be lying if I said wouldn’t be swayed in that scenario.
On the other hand, EA, the owner of Battlefront developer Dice Studios, has recently launched a new service called EA Access. Subscribers not only get the ability to stream past titles from EA and its subsidiary developers, but they also get treated to exclusive content and early access to certain games.
In the case of Star Wars Battlefront, EA Access subscribers get access to the game one week earlier than us regular folk. Oh, and by the way, EA Access is only available on Xbox One.
So while nearly every Star Wars Battlefront ad mentions the PS4 and there’s a spiffy-looking PS4, it’ll be Xbox One owners that will be getting into the game one week early.
In the end, it ultimately doesn’t affect those of us that are outright buying the game. Our $60 game will be the same on both sides of the next-gen fence. But if you value playing the game early or want a console that features your favorite Sith Lord on it, those options are available.
No rage and plenty of validation; that’s how we like our video games. And for once, it seems as though EA will be giving us both.
What would you prefer: a week of early access or a special edition console? Let us know in the comments below!