PS4 and Xbox 720: What the Next Gen Means For Console Exclusives

With the recent news regarding the assumed announcement of the PS4, one Daily Reaction reader asks Seb and Dan: Will console exclusivity be affected by the leap into next gen?

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Foolsjoker1657d ago

There will probably less full exclusives, and more timed exclusives.

classic2001657d ago

timed exclusives from third party devs for microsoft is obvious but only a fool think sony will stop flooding the industry with exclusives.

Games will be easier to make next gen which will lead to faster and cheaper development of games.

hellvaguy1657d ago

Easier to make if sony doesn't use the cell, but even still, all next gen games gunna much more expensive and "harder" to make due to making full use of more powerful hardware (smarter a.i., more detailed backgrounds, explosions, etc.

classic2001657d ago


You clearly don't understand the statement from the makers of the unreal engine 4.

They state next gen devs cant keep hiring too much people to make 1 game anymore, they design the unreal engine to make it become easier for everyone to make games regardless of how technical a video game may seem.

Next gen engines will be all about making videos great, fast while remaining cheap for companies.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1656d ago (Edited 1656d ago )

"timed exclusives from third party devs for microsoft is obvious but only a fool think sony will stop flooding the industry with exclusives."

God Of war, Ni no Kuni, The last of Us, beyond + ps4 announced same year. Who does it better than sony?? Anyone?? nope..

I never have once gotten excited over exclusive dlc even on ps3. I don't care for that I just want games that push the hardware! Not a game that will push dlc to the limit.

juandren1656d ago

@helluvaguy: You don't really have an idea what you're talking about, do you? If the technologies in place are more refined next-gen, there is NO need for games to be more expensive to develop. Development rime will definitely be shorter next-gen. That automatically means games will be cheaper to develop. Most cost comes from paying people's salaries

Athonline1656d ago

In all software development the only "real" costs other than licensing any APIs/ code -in games: licensing an engine- it is all these salaries. Games became really expensive to develop this gen.
Reason that companies couldn't afford exclusives is that after investing money to people for the art, CGI, animation and game design, the least of all evil was left: code for console optimisation. The fact Sony used "Cell" didn't make it harder as you say, just developers as lazy people and their studios didn't want to invest time into learning a new API and hardware architecture for "low-level" performance tuning.
With the new Gen, engines are already trying to be as optimised as possible for as many consoles/ platforms they can. The last bit in a game development, having all these people optimising it, will become shorter and based on Epic (makers of Unreal Engine), less people will be needed there.
This gen will be all about:
-Investing into CGI/ In-engine render scenes as they "sell", can be used for trailers, can be a "WoW!" factor.
-Make it as easy to port games as possible.
-Try to minimising the costs as Engines will be "tuned", time to develop will be shorter -maybe at the expense of context sometimes.
-DLCs with season passes -they sell unfortunately- to milk a game.
-Investing in existing IPs and maybe see a few new ones later on.

We will see time exclusive and exclusives again. I believe more exclusives from Sony than MS, as they got lots of Japanese and other USA/ Europe 3rd party studios "loyal" to their brand. Now for MS it will be a question how much it is willing to "spend"...

imdaboss11656d ago

Doubt they will get third party time exclusive unless Microsoft wants to pay millions for it ..PS4 is easy to develop now...They going to make sure they will maximize their game profit..If you want exclusive games Sony PS4 is where its going to be at..

Kevin ButIer1656d ago

Sony will improve the 3rd party timed exclusives just as they did at the end of current gen. In first party exclusives Sony will keep the amazing and creative job

user39158001656d ago

Floding with exclusives? Really? Sony has the most exclusives, but not flooded, and I doubt they will do much better cause they dont have the funds and in case you did not noticed 2012 they closed out 5 studios that I know off. All consoles have exclusives its a matter of likes, I like Nintendos the most for exclusives, followed by sony and MS exclusives Im not into it except Forza, but they have 4 new ips, so will see, I hpe nothing like kameo lol, althought MS is the system I use the most cause im always onlive.

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Foolsjoker1657d ago

I meant to say less 3rd party exclusives...

Cam9771656d ago

Maybe on the next Xbox.

yeahokchief1656d ago

I think we'll see more exclusives from Microsoft with the 720 than they had on the 360 in 2012/2013 since they won't be wasting as much effort on the kinect.

I think they'll be forced to step up and deliver some more new IPs and exlusives to compete with Sony and PCs with their home console.

Shadowolf1656d ago

@Foolsjoker - More so from Microsoft as that has been their track record this generation while supporting a few great exclusives in the form of GOW, HALO, Forza and Fable, sprinkled with some entertainingly exclusive Xbox Live Arcade titles. On the Sony front, expecting less full game exclusive is at this point impossible as Sony objectively has the lionshare of first party studios with more new IPs being introduced which will be greatly exploited in the upcoming generation of consoles.

Ju1655d ago

Sony's strategy was always exclusives to sell the console. I don't think this will change. While I also think most will carry over, Sony will have some pressure to create some new ones again. KZ is endless...I guess. Another Uncharted maybe, but this is tied very much into the PS3. And most of those are in "season 3". I don't think it's too great to start a "season 4" on a brand new platform. You'd need something which "can only be made possible" by that new platform and be used to give it some identity. As much as Uncharted did with the PS3.

showtimefolks1656d ago

The only exclusives will be funded by the console makers them self. The days of 3rd party exclusives are over because of development costs

Nintendo and sony are in best positions because both have IPs and full owned studios. This is where I think MS failed this gen, they should have bought studios and grew their IPs for future. Same 2-3 games will get tiresome

All the money they paid to RS for GTA dlc and the money they are paying activision and Bethesda for limited timed exclusives dlc should have gem towards funding so,e 2nd party exclusive games

DOMination-1656d ago

MS HAVE purchased studios though for next gen development. They own 21 first party studios. Compare that to the 12 that Sony own and it will be interesting to see just what unfolds in the next few months.

I have a feeling the blind ignorance on n4g will be in for a rude awakening

Mr-Dude1656d ago


Maybe true... But 75% of the studio's that MS "owns" are for Kinect, Arcade titles or kids games. The true GOOD studio's are a hand full.

Ju1655d ago

I don't think the "cost" are the main concern. New platforms will make it easy to port. Exclusives in that respect will always be "cheaper" to make because you don't need to worry (and maintain code) for another platform.

But! it's all about profit. Why would you limit your market if you can sell twice as much because it's on 2 or 3 consoles. The additional effort to release to those is not 2x or 3x the initial cost.

imdaboss11656d ago

Sony going to pump out A LOT of exclusive games for the PS4..Just how they did it with the PS3 last gen..I doubt Microsoft will pay for time exclusive for third party games..If they do they are stupid when they can use it to build a new ip game..Sony is killing microsoft console with their first party exclusive games

Jason1431656d ago

Sony will kill in exclusives whether you like them or not. So will Nintendo for that matter. Xbox left us hardcore fans in the dust and forc fed shovelware and kinect titles. They lost my respect and wont be on my radar no matter what they offer. Unless its some monster hunter title lmao

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dbjj120881657d ago

I suppose it means nothing. Console exclusives clearly weren't the winning factor in this generation. If it was we'd all be getting excited about the next-gen sony flying car.

LackTrue4K1657d ago

what you mean it wasin't???
i have a ps3 cuz of that, and not an xbox!!!
i love gears of war!!!
but that alone was not gana keep me from keeping it to long...when Metal Gear Solid 4 came out, i went in and traded it in. i miss it and all, but years later more games came out and i have not looked back.

hellvaguy1657d ago (Edited 1657d ago )

Overall Id say more people just went with brand loyalty for the 360 and Ps3 more than any other reason. If you had a ps2, u bought a ps3. If you had an xbox, you bought the 360.

Then people just cut and pasted reasons to justify for why their system was better: more exclusives, better online, controller, etc.

Next gen will be no different. All about the brand loyality.

loulou1657d ago


the only thing is sony sold more ps2s last gen and microsoft sold less xboxes

juandren1656d ago

Seriously man, rather just stop commenting. True gamers go where the games go. It's as simple as that

AngelicIceDiamond1657d ago (Edited 1657d ago )

I agree but in terms of brand name games like GoW, UE, Halo, KillZone, Forza, fable, GT6 and GOW.

Will definitely be making there rounds next gen. Those games were the winning factor of this gen.

Take Gears and UE for instance. Those titles clearly made a name for themselves early on this gen for being brand new Ips.

MS and Sony know its a MUST they have to release that 1 new Ip that that is gonna immediately resonate with the fans and become a brand name. The Hardcore HAS to come first in the beginning of consoles stardom.

The games must be their number 1 factor. History repeats itself with every new console.

people are worried about MS not having any new hardcore games at launch and after launch. But even with the rumored Kinect 2.0 I can assure you MS WILL cater to the hardcore. Kinect as another means of "gaming" has failed. Better with Kinect should be the main factor if they must use Kinect for games again.

@dbjj your right though, it means nothing in the long run just variety at that point.

dcbronco1656d ago

People that believe exclusives have made a difference are just in denial. They clearly haven't. The PS3 would have outsold the 360 by tens of thousands of units if that was the case. I agree that exclusives will only exist for a handful of reasons. One is that the developer will be paid. The developer is a first party studio. Or the developer is targeting a very specific audience(like Japan, no need for Xbox version).

The only thing that may change that is if one console is a leap above the other.

imdaboss11656d ago

Exclusive games does matter..The reason why the 360 sold so many console is because america is stupid enough to purchase another one when when it died on them..The 360 was playing catch up with the PS3 hardware too..anyone remember hdmi in the new xbox360? Also microsoft got a 1 year head start over Sony..I think last gen people were stupid to buy a 360 ..They spend a lot of money on it especially with all the add ons and xbox live crap

MasterCornholio1656d ago

Well when Microsoft went casual with the XBOX360 i sold it and got myself a PS3. So in my case i bought a PS3 because of the games that i was interested in and most of those games are exclusives on Sonys platform.

Unlike most people in N4G, brand name doesnt really mean anything to me. What is most important to me are what those brands can offer me not the name which has no value in my opinion.

Campy da Camper1656d ago (Edited 1656d ago )

Lol, what? At the start of this gen I was an Xbox and Sony fan split right down the middle. Now, I am so far in Sony's camp I can't even see the fence anymore. Infamous, uncharted, metal gear, little big planet, god of war and the new beyond the last this is why I game. AAA games that suck hundreds of hours out of my life.

ConstipatedGorilla1656d ago

Play Ni No Kuni... that's already sucked many hours out of mine lol

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Wedge191657d ago

I don't foresee a significantly noticeable difference. Sony has a strong first party line-up that I don't think is quite ready to jump ship. Yes, we'll see Microsoft pay for more timed exclusives to try to bring fans to their side, but Sony will get most of those eventually anyway.

Sony's exclusive franchises are stronger and in larger supply than Micros'.