Xbox 720: Content Release Red Tape Issues Swirl Around Next-Gen Consoles
Unlike lucky PC players, console players have to wait a little bit longer for popular games’patches. Why? Sony and Microsoft exercise extra control over content for their platforms. It takes some time to navigate this extra layer of red tape. For example, while the PC patch for The Elders Scrolls 5 – Skyrim was released post haste, it took an extra two weeks before console fans got their mitts on the much needed patch. This control also extends to downloadable content and DLCs.
Now that the two major consoles are rumored to be launching next generation successor consoles, a lot of rank and file gamers are letting their voices heard on issues surrounding the next generation consoles. While developers would like more open consoles and less red tape from the console makers regarding approving content, this was countered by players who feel this might lead to more buggy, incomplete, and inadequately tested games. While we can all agree to a more streamlined content production and approval process, the amount of freedom developers want may lead to more buggy product which can prove to be a hassle for console players.
It is definitely quite a tightrope to walk-too much freedom or too much control leads to issues. While developers can always say they have the players in mind, the solutions they seek might lead to greater headaches for consumers. The key is finding a balance between product quality and developer freedom.