Capcom explains lack of PS3 SSFIV costume catalogue

Capcom has moved to shed light on why PlayStation 3 owners have been lumbered in the dark in regards to the absence of Super Street Fighter IV’s costume catalogue option.

For those unaware, the feature – which is currently only available to Xbox 360 owners – allows fighting fanatics to download info required to view fresh outfits when playing online, without the need to actually purchase them.

However, Capcom’s community boss Seth Killian was quick to point out that there are costs attributed to this feature as a result of punters being required to download data direct from PSN and Xbox LIVE – and this is where the problem lies.

According to Killian, Sony wasn’t too keen on coughing up the dough required to cover these expenses, whereas Microsoft was only too happy to oblige. As such, the only way for PS3 owners to view new costumes is to buy them.

"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,” he commented.

"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."

He went on to add that the situation has been further exacerbated due to the fact the cost of the fee varied from region to region.