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Why PS3 Super Street Fighter 4 didn't get a 'catalogue' option for new alts

Posted by Jon 'Catalyst' Grey • January 4, 2011 at 3:36 a.m. PST • Comments: 101
Why PS3 Super Street Fighter 4 didn't get a 'catalogue' option for new alts The Xbox 360 version of Super Street Fighter 4 has a "download catalogue" option which lets users view the latest alternative costumes in the game without purchasing them. A lot of users have wondered why PlayStation 3 gamers didn't get a similar option, and Capcom's Seth Killian recently posted this explanation.
Why didn't the PS3 version of SSF4 get a download catalogue option?

Seth Killian: Took a while to track this one down for you while everyone was on holiday, but here's the gist of it:

The DLC (Downloadable Content) for the newest costumes is additional data that must be put on your machines from the first-party networks (XBL and PSN). When you add new data to an existing product, there are significant costs to do so charged by the first parties.

On XBL, those costs were covered by Microsoft. As a result, the data is distributed to everyone, so even if you have not bought the new costumes, you can still see them if you're fighting against someone that has because you still received the new data required to display them.

For Sony, those significant costs are not covered. As a result, you only get the new costume data when you actually buy the costumes. Those that don't buy the costumes can't see them, because the new costume data isn't present on your machine, and so you only see costumes you already have the data to represent.

The story is a bit more complicated because the costs of adding new data vary by region in some cases, and some additions are free, or free within a certain timeframe, etc., but the bottom line in this particular case is that Sony would [have] charged Capcom significant fees for distributing the new costume data to users that hadn't actually bought the DLC. Microsoft covered those costs, so the costume data is visible to all there. I wish it were the same all around, but hope this info helps.
Story sent in by SaintAvi and Christian, via the Capcom Forums.
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