A Lonely New Year for Sony - Sarin

I've always been a big Sony fan. The Playstation 1 and 2 dominated most of my gaming history, and their impressive line-up of exclusive titles (like m

I've always been a big Sony fan. The Playstation 1 and 2 dominated most of my gaming history, and their impressive line-up of exclusive titles (like my personal favourite, Devil May Cry) made sure I was unlikely to stray. However, with the Playstation 3, the number of Sony exclusive games is in decline.

Traditionally Sony exclusive games like Grand Theft Auto, and previously announced Playstation 3-exclusive titles like Assassin's Creed and Virtua Fighter 5 are now coming to Xbox 360 as well. It almost seems like Microsoft are trying to take over Sony's crown as king of the exclusives - with Splinter Cell 5, Alan Wake, Blue Dragon joining the usual exclusive suspects like Halo and Halo 3.

But is this a good thing or a bad thing for Sony? Can too much reliance on exclusive gaming franchises lead to a lack of originality? The two most talked-up Sony-published titles for Playstation 3 - Resistance: Fall of Man and Motorstorm - are both new IP. It's hard to imagine that this is by accident rather than design.

Me? I'm just happy Virtua Fighter 5 is coming to Xbox 360. Dead or Alive 4 did a good job of entertaining us button-bashers back near the 360's launch, but since then things have been very quiet. Sadly it looks unlikely that VF5 will support Xbox Live (SEGA say they are worried about lag ruining the game) - but who cares, eh? A couple of 360 controllers and a bunch of mates on your sofa and, voila, Problem fixed.