Metal Gear Solid 4 is not an “exclusive” PlayStation: that’s why it didn’t come out on Xbox
Metal Gear Solid 4 is still remembered today as one of the most popular PS3 games and a real hit for Sony, which secured the exclusivity of one of the most important video games ever.
Or at least, this has always been the impression of fans and insiders, given that Metal Gear Solid 4 did not come out on Xbox 360 and still has not been made available on new platforms, unlike what happened with Metal Gear Solid . V ( you can buy The Definitive Experience edition on offer on Amazon ).
As reported by GamesRadar + , the book The Ultimate History of Video Games, Volume 2 by Steven L. Kent tells a very different story, revealing that Sony and Konami had never signed any exclusivity agreement.
This means that if Konami and Kojima Productions had wanted to, they could have launched Metal Gear Solid 4 on Xbox 360 without any problem. If so, why has the fourth installment remained a PS3 exclusive?
In the book it is narrated that the misunderstanding was born due to a sentence uttered by Jack Tretton , previous PlayStation boss, who, reiterating the exclusivity of Metal Gear Solid 4 on PS3 , hinted that there was actually an agreement between Sony and Konami.
In reality, the decision to never launch the game on Xbox 360 was made due to a hardly negligible factor: the optical player of the Microsoft console was considerably inferior to that used on the PS3, thus making porting considerably complicated.
To reveal it was Ryan Payton, a developer who collaborated with Kojima Productions: the game was perfectly capable of running on Xbox 360 , but a large amount of DVD would have been required to be able to release it on the console.
Fans will remember that Metal Gear Solid 4 was a remarkably heavy game: Konami was the first company to be authorized by Sony to launch a PS3 game on two Blu-ray discs.
Payton, however, revealed that Microsoft would have tried to convince Hideo Kojima during an E3 event , but despite the insistence of the Redmond house, the port never happened simply because of the optical reader, and not for alleged exclusivity agreements.
Curiously, although there is therefore no agreement for PlayStation exclusivity, Metal Gear Solid 4 to date has not been launched on any other platform , not even for Sony home consoles: we will see if the situation will change in the future.
It would be decidedly intriguing to review the fourth chapter also on the latest generation consoles, especially after seeing it in action emulated in 4K and 60fps .
After all, the fourth chapter is still today one of the most loved chapters of all time: recently, fans have also discovered an incredibly nostalgic and faithful easter egg .
By the way, did you know that the official Metal Gear Solid 4 playing cards existed ? They are a truly must-have gadget for any self-respecting fan.