news\ Aug 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm

EA shows Xbox One the love, but insists it's 'platform-agnostic'


Looking at the Xbox One, it may seem Microsoft and EA have some secret "strategic tilt" against Sony's PlayStation 4. Turns out, that's not the case as EA Labels' president Frank Gibeau referred to to the perception as a "messaging error" on his company's part.

Microsoft has all sorts of deals worked out with EA including Titanfall, a highly anticipated first-person shooter that will be exclusive to Xbox One and PC. If that weren't enough to satisfy the FPS crowd, the first Battlefield 4 DLC will debut on the Xbox One (same goes for Call of Duty: Ghosts, though that's Activision).

The company also announced this week that every Xbox One sold at launch in Europe will come bundled with a copy of FIFA 14 free of charge. Additionally, FIFA 14's Ultimate Team Legends will be exclusive to Xbox consoles.

So you can understand why there's some concern among gamers that EA is favoring Microsoft. Despite the perception, Gibeau insists that EA is platform-agnostic and has a "very good" relationship with Sony.

"We're changing nothing in our policy about being platform-agnostic," he told CVG. "One of the things that struck me this week is how a tactical deal with one of our platform partners has been blown out and perceived as strategic tilt - that's a messaging error on our part. There is no strategic tilt.

"The Sony platform and the Xbox platform are both very important to us. If you look at the previous generation we did tactical deals with both Sony and Microsoft throughout the cycle. Titanfall is different, it's an EA Partners game - everything else is platform agnostic."

Has Microsoft's deals with EA convinced you to purchase an Xbox One over a PS4?


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