If you haven't been keeping up with the news, Street Fighter V is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PC. It's not going to be on the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One. In a new interview, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono was asked what message he had for Xbox One owners.
Gamespot managed an interview with Yoshinori Ono during this past year's Paris Games Week in Paris, France. They asked a number of questions about the content in the game, the DLC, the characters and most importantly, what about Xbox One owners? Well, Ono had this to say...
[Laughs] There’s plenty of time to save $300 before the game comes out. The PlayStation 4 is at a very attractive price point at the moment. [Laughs]
It is true that the PlayStation 4 is at a very attractive price point, especially during the Christmas shopping season. The Black Friday deals even see the console being as cheap as $279.99 at some outlets.
However, telling gamers loyal to one brand over the other to drop another $300 on an opposing brand did not sit well with the campers in the Xbox lot. There were plenty of angry comments in the interview, with majority of the people responding to Ono's suggestion to buy a PS4 in order to get Street Fighter V.
The reality is that the game is a console exclusive on the PlayStation 4 and also available on PC. That's just the way exclusives work. Many admit that third-party exclusives is a stupid thing but that's just the lay of the land. Back during the 1990s and early 2000s Sony used to have tons of third-party exclusives, from Tekken to Metal Gear Solid to Gekido to Suikoden and a bunch of other games in between. While third-party satiation across multiple platforms has become the norm in recent generations, the fact that there are third-party exclusives hasn't been a rare thing in the past.
In fact, Microsoft secured a timed exclusive for the Xbox One in the format of Rise of the Tomb Raider. There was some huffing and puffing but most people moved on. Added to that, the game will at least launch on PC and PS4 in 2016 so there's a bit of a buffer there with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Of course there's also the case of Killer Instinct being exclusive to the Xbox One, which originally netted boos from the FGC during the 2013 EVO.
In the case of Street Fighter V it's just PC and PS4 with no release in sight for the Xbox platforms. While Xbox One owners will likely stay mad at this decision, right now Capcom decided to go with the console selling the most units. It's a smart business decision even if Xbox One gamers don't like it.
Street Fighter V is due for release in early 2016 for PS4 and PC.