Microsoft responds to Mass Effect 2 coming to PS3

The Xbox 360 maker probably isn't thrilled about the PlayStation 3 getting Mass Effect 2 too but still asserts it has the upper-hand, according to IGN.

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A screenshot of Mass Effect 2. BioWare

When BioWare announced Tuesday at the Gamescom conference in Germany that its Mass Effect 2--arguably the best game to hit store shelves so far in 2010--was coming to the PlayStation 3 in January, many wondered how Microsoft would respond.

Prior to the announcement, the Mass Effect franchise was available exclusively to Xbox 360 and PC gamers.

Microsoft won't say whether it's disappointed to lose Mass Effect 2's exclusivity, but the company was quick to point out in an interview with IGN, that it believes its console is still the best place to play the venerable title.

"Xbox 360 remains the best place to experience the Mass Effect franchise," a Microsoft representative told IGN.

The Microsoft representative also noted that those who want the full Mass Effect experience--Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2--will only find it on the Xbox 360. BioWare will not be bringing the original Mass Effect title to Sony's console.

Although details on the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 are few and far between, BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka said at the conference that the title will boast "hours of bonus content." He didn't elaborate on what the content will dig into.

Further reading: Mass Effect 2 serves up mass-market RPG action