Crystal Dynamic's Riley Cooper, the company overseeing Lara Croft lately, believes the PlayStation Network will offer more flexibility than Xbox Live for delivering content in the future. Cooper says that, for developers, the PSN service is better to bypass retail because of the constraints
Microsoft has placed on their service.
Cooper is basically talking about Xbox Live Marketplace's size restrictions more than the service. He believes console games being sold online
is inevitable and the gates are slowly opening for that to happen in various channels. While he's right that digital distribution is going to keep getting better, we still want to see some additional savings for consumers if we're not getting boxes, manuals, and all the other incidentals. We had the cost-reduction dream for advertising in games
too, but ad-heavy and no-ad games are still the same price.