Newsbit: Debunking XBLA rumors

There are a few rumors we often hear in regards to XBLA. Rather than throw down a huge feature, let’s debunk a few quickly:

  • 400 MSP is the minimum a publisher can charge for a gameBoth Sonic & Knuckles and The UnderGarden cost 240 MSP.
  • Most games are 1200 MSP — Nope, only around 85 of the 500+ games cost 1200 points. Incidentally, only six are 1600 MSP.
  • 2GB is the largest a game can be — This used to be true, but Red Johnson’s Chronicles and Double Dragon Neon clock in at 2.68 GB and 2.24 GB, respectively. There’s no word as to why the limit has been raised, but clearly it’s possible to have bigger games now.
  • Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath has been denied on XBLA due to size — Maybe at one time this was true, but the last we knew it was a matter of finding a publisher. It’s very possible that the size limit has been upped for a little while now, so while initially the game was turned down for size, it may simply need a publisher now.

About Steve Melton

Steve is an Indiana native with a degree in Computer Information Systems and a background in technical writing. He has also written for the newspapers and other periodicals at the schools he attended. A gamer for over 20 years, Steve finds that Xbox Live Arcade is the perfect fit for most of his gaming needs; classic gameplay at a bargain price.