Console makers jockeying for DLC exclusivity is pretty much the norm these days, so odds are you won't be terribly shocked to learn that Sony has gone ahead and put in a winning bid for an exclusivity window on all future DLC entries for EA and DICE's upcoming first-person shooting behemoth, Battlefield 3.
Now, before any of you Xbox 360 or PC owners start constructing your elaborate death poems to be scrawled on the flaming bricks you plan to toss through EA's windows, you probably should know that the exclusivity period will only last a week. One. As in, singular. That is decidedly less time to wait than, say, a month, which is how long Modern Warfare DLC typically takes to get from the Xbox 360 (where it exclusively debuts) to other platforms.
The first official DLC for Battlefield 3 will be the "Back to Karkland" set, which includes four Battlefield 2 maps reworked for the new Frostbite engine. That pack will come free with all first-run copies of the game, though you won't be able to download it until "later this year."
That short period of exclusivity might still only be cold comfort to some. If you're such a person I simply propose that you consider what you could do with a whole week not playing Battlefield 3 maps. You could catch up on your backlog of other games, which is sure to only grow larger as this insane fourth quarter of the year rolls on. You could spend some time reading through that great novel everyone's been telling you about that you haven't had time to read yet. You could spend that time with family and friends. Or you could spend a week angrily cursing at an elaborately staged wall filled with the faces of Sony, Electronic Arts, and the many others who have wronged you over the years, while lit only by a single, red-tinted bulb, listening to "In A Gadda Da Vida" on repeat, and menacingly sharpening a blade still encrusted with blood from the last time someone made the mistake of crossing you, the master of your domain.
You know, whatever works for you.