Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:44 PM
I really hope that the cross-play stuff catches on. They already do a similar thing for movies. For example, if you buy Tangled 3D, Disney gives you the 3D Blu, the 2D Blu, the DVD and Digital Copy. Valve tried something like this for Portal 2 where if you bought the PS3 version, then they'll give you the Steam version for free. For Valve, it seemed to work pretty well and the PS3 version outsold the 360 version (or at least on Amazon) and I think it convinced quite a few people to buy it at launch.
There's actually been a few examples where the PS3 version got an extra game that the Xbox 360 did not. In Dead Space 2 for the PS3, it came wiht an HD Remake of the Wii Dead Space game. Assassin's Creed: Revelations came with the original Assassin's Creed. Both the 360 and PS3 versions of Alice: Madness Returns came with the original Alice.
I think that some third parties will try these kind of incentives for some of their games, but if they do I think it will be only for first run games and I think they will probably expire if you don't download it in the first month or something. I think if they continue to do these kind of incentives will all depend on if they get more people to buy the games at the $60 launch price as opposed to waiting for it to go down to $5 or $10.