Think of Xbox Live, and there’s a distinct possibility you’ll make the leap to Call of Duty. The series has very much been at home on Microsoft’s consoles since early in the Xbox 360’s life, but times are changing.
Activision have already announced that Playstation owners will enjoy early access to Call of Duty’s DLC (previously a feather in Microsoft’s cap) and now Treyarch themselves have confirmed that pro COD players will make the switch to the Playstation.
All of this was announced during last night’s COD Black Ops 3 livestream by Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar. The news will surely come as a blow to Microsoft who’ve traditionally been used in competitive play, with the MLG heavily relying on the console for some time.
This isn’t the first competitive game to switch either, with news that the Playstation 4 will be the exclusive console home to Capcom’s Street Fighter 5 (it is also seeing a release on the PC, with crossplay) many Xbox gamers were understandably disappointed. Many Street Fighter 4 and Marvel Vs Capcom 3 players preferred the Xbox 360 versions because input latency problems said to plague the PS3 releases.
In any event, perhaps the real shame for the ‘average’ gamer is practice of early access to any content for a particular platform. While it’s only my opinion, I believe it (along with platform exclusive content) aren’t a positive to anyone.