Sony criticizes Xbox 360 TV, movie download plans

— 3:12 PM on November 7, 2006

Just a few hours after Microsoft announced a content deal that will bring high-definition TV shows and movies to Xbox 360 users via the Xbox Live network, Sony has responded by criticizing the move. A Sony spokesperson told Next Generation the following:

PlayStation 3's content is designed for everyone to enjoy right out of the box, no matter which configuration you purchase. We would never segregate or shut out any of our consumers from our entertainment experience because they didn't buy the top of the line system. Both PlayStation 3 versions available on November 17 include hard drives for downloading content.
The spokesperson is referring to the fact that the $299 Xbox 360 Core System lacks a hard drive, which should prevent users from being able to download TV shows and movies when Microsoft's new service goes live on November 22. Of course, Core System owners aren't being left out entirely, seeing as the optional 20GB hard drive for that system is available for less than $100. It's also worth mentioning that even the price of an Xbox 360 Core System with the add-in hard drive is more than $100 less than that of the cheapest PlayStation 3. Thanks to Joystiq for the tip.
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