Just in case anybody was wondering why the Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection isn’t coming to Xbox 360, and the reason should be fairly clear, Hideo Kojima has clarified.
While speaking on his Internet Radio show which was later translated by the folks at Kotaku, Kojima stated that the size of the fourth MGS game made it impossible to release on the Microsoft console. He further explained that, as a result, the Legacy Collection which celebrates 25 years of Metal Gear games would not be making its way to Xbox 360 and would be a Playstation 3 exclusive, at least for the time being.
“I’m sorry to say an Xbox 360 version isn’t being released, because an Xbox 360 version of MGS4 hasn’t gone on sale,”
“To explain the situation, the amount of data in MGS4 is just too enormous.”
As everybody knows, the PS3 utilises a Blu-Ray drive while the Xbox 360 uses the more outdated (storage capacity wise) DVD-ROM medium. As a result the PS3 has been able to squeeze much more data onto its discs resulting in the same games coming on multiple discs on Xbox, while only needing one disc on PS3. Kojima is hopeful that when the next Xbox is released he might be able to, and does indeed want to, release the Legacy Collection on more than just the Sony Console family.
“I want to put it out [on Xbox 360], But we won’t be releasing it.”
“When it’s the next [Xbox] console, maybe we can release it. If we released a version on the Xbox 360 without MGS4, then it’s not The Legacy Collection.”
Kojima also mentioned that it could take as many as 7 DVD’s to fit MGS4 onto the Xbox 360 format, something that this writer suspects would prove prohibitively expensive and cumbersome to do. In this age of digital downloads and high capacity Blu-Ray discs no-one, except for console purists and Blue Dragon fans, wants to be swapping discs multiple times per play-through.