Xbox One owners are okay with the news that Ubisoft will give them first dibs on DLC for 30 days with the upcoming shooter, The Division. PS4 and PC gamers? Not so much.
In a recent GameStop promotional video they announce that the Xbox One will get DLC for The Division a whole 30 days before PS4 owners. PC gamers also assume the exclusivity deal applies to them as well, but the video doesn’t clarify since they focus on the home consoles. You can check it out below.
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The comment section and rating were instantly pelted with a lot of disgruntled fans. Not so much for the fact that they’re really looking forward to The Division but more-so at the practice of timed exclusivity.
As you can see in the image below, there’s a lot of frustration at said exclusivity.
Comments range from mildly annoyed to downright nasty.
In between the fanboy vitriol are some well placed and well argued comments, like the one from TheGullofdoom…
“And they snag up another thing as a timed exclusive and then they comment on how it barely sold. You are bottlenecking the product constantly.”
Gamers like Brian Johnson see it as a beta testing period for Xbox owners, and that by the time the DLC releases on PS4 it will be pristine and clean…
“So Xbox get the broken never tested version while ps4 gets the polished we’ve had a few weeks to work out the bugs version. We all know Ubi’s track record so I’m fine with that.”
And then there are the PC gamers completely left in the dark, with those like Nick “Giggity” Baklava making the fastidious comment about PC gamers having to be stuck with Uplay as punishment in addition to waiting for the DLC…
“What about PC? Bad enough we have to use Uplay, don’t do that 30day shit to us.”
Some commenters did bring out a good point about the PS4 usually getting DLC or games first this generation, like with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 or No Man’s Sky. I suppose the difference is that more people play on PS4 and it is the favored console this generation, just like more people liked and preferred the Xbox 360 for a while over the PS3, so it received DLC exclusives and timed content.
Over on GameSpot users like uchihasilver just couldn’t understand why timed DLC exclusivity is still a thing given that all it does is make other platform users have to wait for the content…
“still don’t understand why these companies hold back DLC from other platforms it was dumb and pointless at the beginning and will be dumb and pointless in the end =/
“Also not impressed by The Division so far just another generic TPS really.”
The thing is, for a game like The Division it’s not like the important aspects that matter – frame-rate, resolution, input latency and performance – are going to be better on the Xbox One. This means you may get the DLC earlier but you’re not going to get a better experience, based objectively on the fact that it has weaker hardware. So really anyone who knows any miniscule amount of information about both consoles will still likely want the smoother running version, they’re just going to be inconvenienced with getting their hands on the DLC by having to wait a month.
Even still, 30 days isn’t too bad a wait… the only problem is that it doesn’t sound like a lot of people feel as if this is the kind of game where the timed-exclusive DLC will be worth waiting for.
The Division is due for release on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC on March 8th, 2016 next month.