Xbox One players won't get Destiny's PS4 content until 2017

PS4's timed exclusivity for maps, weapons, and other content has been extended from this fall into next year.


The official website for this fall's Rise of Iron expansion for Destiny notes that certain content will remain exclusive to PS4 until "at least fall 2017" (via GameSpot).

Those same pages also list certain content (a scout rifle, a strike map, a crucible map, and a few armor sets) from 2015's The Taken King as exclusive to PlayStation platforms until fall 2017 as well. Taken King's marketing materials stated that the PS4's window of exclusivity would close in the fall of 2016, but Polygon reached out to Destiny publisher Activision and got confirmation that the extension is legitimate.

Activision gave no reason for the extension. Some of the confusion lies in Activision's no doubt carefully chosen wording: all exclusive content remains such until "at least" a certain period of time meaning Activision and Sony can hash out deals to extend it.

Not that that should keep Xbox owners from feeling put out. As Polygon notes, a one-year timetable has been established. Sony and Bungie entered into a timed exclusivity agreement before Destiny's release, the terms of which dictated that the PS4 version of Destiny would get content like weapons and crucible maps ahead of Xbox One and Xbox 360 editions.

For that precedent to be broken so abruptly, and with no heads-up from Activision, is understandably frustrating for many Destiny fans.

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    August 19, 2016 1:22 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Xbox One players won't get Destiny's PS4 content until 2017

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      August 19, 2016 1:24 PM

      Hopefully no Xbox player buys Destiny 2.
      This seems like a dick move on Activision's part. Changing the exclusivity period after the fact and charging the same for both platforms seems unfair.

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        August 19, 2016 1:56 PM

        It's all purely cosmetic stuff. Sony purchased the exclusive on the content and likely paid for it's development.

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          August 19, 2016 2:10 PM

          It's maps too right?

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            August 19, 2016 2:12 PM

            yeah, i believe one.

            Really though, it's not like those items were ever advertised for xbox one. Nobody bought the game because there were probably some items and a crucible map coming in a year.

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      August 19, 2016 2:34 PM

      desperate sony trying hard to hold on to their market lead. i hear a lot of people talking about this new xbox s. sad!

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