How Microsoft's Surprisingly Strong Xbox One Video Game Lineup Gives Them An Early Edge

Forbes - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is out.

The long-time CEO leaves in his wake a company still struggling to adapt to a new era of hyper-connectivity, tablets, free software, and app-stores, but he also leaves the Xbox division with a surprisingly strong hand, despite the sudden departure of its former chief Don Mattrick.

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PeaSFor1701d ago

nothing more than wishfull thinking.

OpieWinston1701d ago ShowReplies(31)
n4rc1701d ago

Ya sure.. Forbes is just some dumb fan site..

Microsoft stock is up from last year and last month.. X1 Pre orders sold out.. Best game lineup...
Wanna talk wishful thinking? The general attitude that all advancements xbox makes will be coming to playstation.. Keep dreaming

Remember you all going on about 5-1 or 4-1.. Then suddenly quiet down when it gets confirmed its more like 2-1.. Wonder how that looks now after after indie-con..

Wishful thinking indeed.. Lol

Sony fans may hate Microsoft.. But the rest of the world doesnt

gobluesamg1701d ago

It's 2-1 in North America which is not a good sign for Microsoft pre-orders. They can't be pleased with the worldwide demand.

Chevalier1701d ago

Seriously? Sold out at retail isn't difficult, the stock we're getting is so pathetically low. Also 2-1 is only the U.S. Last I checked that is ONE country. The rest of the world might not hate MS, but, only country outside U.S. that actually outsold Sony was the U.K. where they are currently losing as well. Also Sony is releasing in 32 countries vs. The paltry 13 that MS is releasing.

XabiDaChosenOne1701d ago

You do realize that 2-1 could be the difference between
And if you think the Xbox one is going to come back in any way you can just kill that dream right now.

JokesOnYou1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

@gobluesamg, Chevalier & Kobe357 preorders are just an early indication of likely 1 month sales= early adopters/hardcore fanbase, even then they can change rapidly all the way up to just days before launch, but either way not 1 ps4 or X1 has been sold yet so I'd be careful assuming too much:

"Wii U Pre-orders Selling Out Across U.S."

"Wii U pre-orders have been sold out at GameStop, according to the retailer due to “off the charts” demand."

"Wii U Pre Order And Launch Units Sold Out, But More To Come On Black Friday Says Nintendo"

"Of course, if you can't find a Wii U preorder anywhere around your town — or online — you can always hit up the online auction sites."

-Sure preorders matter, but more importantly its who's going to pick up a ps4 or X1 beyond the hardcore fans? I believe Microsoft has the edge so far because of its core games launch lineup which will steadily grab a lot of attention as the drm fiasco has lost much of its steam, remember micro hasn't really begun advertising yet and gamescom seems to be the start of whats to come but also I think micro has a wild card up their sleeve with Kinect and their all in one TV approach is going to have a lot of appeal with the non-loyal folks looking to buy a next gen console= 10's of millions who don't preorder and easily eclipse the loyal fanbase of both consoles several times over. So with that said if preorders were so important ask Nintendo about this:

"The Wii U Needs to Be Replaced By A Real Contender – Now"

"The Wii U is in trouble. Yesterday it was revealed that in the last quarter Nintendo’s latest home console had sold only 160,000 units globally, with only 10,000 being sold in Europe."

"Nintendo talks up former glories after Wii U sales flop"

-Need I go on? There are now literally 1000's of Nintendo is in trouble and Nintendo sales flop stories but hey there were 1000's of Nintendo will sell like hotcakes stories based on preorders too. Unfortunately beyond Nintendo hardcore fans(preorders) non-loyal gamers and casual consumers haven't found much value in the wii-u. If this doesn't demonstrate preorders don't matter as much as YOU THINK then I don't know what does.

nukeitall1701d ago


it can also be the difference of 1 and 2 million.

That said, there are so many factors coming into play. Remember the PS3?

Sold out everywhere, but the market quickly collapse and out of nowhere the Wii was a huge hit! Outsold everything else and it wasn't even on the pre-order radar!

Todays console is a lot more than just the niche core market....

Ulf1701d ago

n4rc is right, with regards to the pre-order ratio.

The PS4 will only outnumber the XB1 sales in the beginning, while the hardcore crowd (the kind who read N4G) jumps onboard. It will likely mirror this generation, after that, unless something serious changes, over the next couple of years.

Sony's new pay-to-play-online policy may swing the sales toward MS in some regions, since free-to-play used to be a major selling point. Likewise, if one platforms exclusives outshine another's, that will change things up as well.

No_Limit1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

"You do realize that 2-1 could be the difference between
Etc. "

LOL, do you really think that there will even be that many systems at launch?

Also, the Gamestop 1.5 million vs 700,000 (the current 2-1 ration) is not how many pre orders there is, it is just what the title said "first to know".

From gamestop: "PowerUp Rewards members can join the First to Know List to receive title announcements, trade and pre-order details, and similar offers related to the PS4.*"

LOL, this thing is getting sillier and sillier everyday.

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zerocrossing1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

It's entirely subjective.

If you're actually interested in those games then yes MS may have the edge, but if you honestly don't give a damn about those games mentioned then the Xbox One has nothing that places it above the competition.

The same goes for Sony's PS4 and Nintendo's Wii U.

Shadowsteal1701d ago

I love how Xbox fanboys can't see what happened to their beloved 360 the last exclusive title worth playing released in march, Gears of War Judgement. Which was crap, all my Xbox friends were severely dissapointed.

Meanwhile we on PS3 got or will get:
Ni No Kuni
God of War: Ascension
The Last of Us
Tales of Xillia
Kingdom Hearts HD
Beyond: Two Souls
Gran Turismo 6

Truth is 360 gamers got nothing to play, that's why they're hyping up Xbox One lineup.

But little do they know, that sooner or later after their lineup releases and PS4's lineup releases. Xbox One owners will have nothing to play but on PS4 you'll start seeing.

Uncharted 4
Littlebigplanet 3
Last of Us 2
Gran Turismo 6 or 7 for PS4
Ratchet and Clank (Into the Nexus proves there will be more coming to PS in the future)
The Last Guardian
Media Molecule New IP
Sony Santa Monica New IP
Guerrilla Games New IP
Quantic Dream New IP

And so many more us PS4 gamers won't know how to count. All of these new IP's have been confirmed by either the respective developer themselves or Sony to be in the works. Trust us Xbox enthusiasts with PS3 we've been blessed with hard hitting exclusive after exclusive to the point that we've been spoiled. And we know exactly what to expect with PS4. And know to expect nothing else from Xbox One.

pompombrum1701d ago

PS3 also had Time and Eternity and Dragon's Crown. Just looking at the exclusives so far this year paints a pretty sad picture imho for the Xbox and why I'm not quick to jump on the Xbox One wagon until they prove themselves.

Shadowsteal1701d ago


Forgot about Dragon's Crown great game, perfect for Vita!
Time and Eternity wasn't so hot so I didn't include it.

vividi1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

You left Ratchet and Clank into the Nexus and Sly Cooper that lunched in February

Shadowsteal1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )


Wow lmfaoo see how spoiled we are? I can't even remember all of them at once.


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strifeblade1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

SONY FANBOYS BEFORE E3: "The whole xbone lineup will be kinect LOLOLOL"

Reality: More than most people expected- microsoft stole the show in terms of games.

SONY FANBOYS AFTER E3: "Sony's smart- they didn't blow their load all at e3, just wait until gamescom- over 20 exclusives confirmed. MORE THAN MICROSOFT! LOL Can't wait to see AAA titles from AAA studios!"

Reality: Gamescom consisted of pure indy announcement and was a complete dissapointment regardless of what the faboys say. Bunch of confirmed timed exclusives and exclusives shared with pc.

who would have thought sony fanboys would brag about exclusives that are shared with pc or are timed exclusives LOL. The first year in nexgen gaming in terms of games belong on xbox one.

JackStraw1701d ago

Basement Crawl
Deep Down
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Galak-Z: The Dimensional [could be timed]
Infamous: Second Son
Killzone: Shadow Fall
MLB 14: The Show
N++ [could be timed]
The Order: 1886
The Playroom
Shadow of the Beast


Crimson Dragon
Dead Rising 3
Fable Legends
The Fighter Within [Kinect]
Forza Motorsport 5
Killer Instinct
Kinect Sports Rivals [Kinect]
Powerstar Golf
Quantum Break
Ryse: Son of Rome
Sunset Overdrive

15 > 13?

strifeblade1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

You do know deep down is not confirmed exclusive, not ever was there a mention by the developer of the game being exclusive. So i am tired of hearing this game as confirmed exclusive because if it was they would have advertised the crap out of it. All is known they are making a ps4 version- thats it.

Playroom is a techdemo comes comes pre installed on every ps4. Oh you conveniently forgot to mention titanfall. I don't care if its a 1 to 1 and a half year console exclusive- it matters. Resogun is a schmup on psn, if your going to include this small psn title and not include arcade exclusives like lococycle (not much to brag about honestly but neither is resogun lol), or below another exclusive, or project spark? Pretty biased list missing a few on the x1 side and adding 2 too many exclusives on the ps4.


JackStraw1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

@strifeblade well seeing as the game has only been announced for ps4, and in that announcement it was said the game is being made with an engine developed specifically for the ps4, it's safe to assume that it's a ps4 exclusive.

but feel free to QQ more.

titanfall isn't an exclusive, it's a console exclusive. want me to list all of the console exclusives for ps4 as well? i can. i didn't include lococycle because IT'S NOT EXCLUSIVE TO XBOX ONE. neither is below or project spark! below is a timed exclusive, project spark is a console exclusive. i know that's hard to grasp, but i listed EXCLUSIVES for each console. not console exclusives, not timed exclusives, not brand exclusives, just plain old exclusives.

take playroom away. 14 > bash on resogun, yet have no problem with those mediocre kinect games? OKAY!

again, feel free to QQ more.

christocolus1701d ago are totally right.I actually forgot about all the arrogant comments some sfans were making before these shows...lmao...

jessupj1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

It's funny how MS fanboys are bragging about exclusives all of a sudden.

Both launch line ups are comparable, but I would still give a slight edge to the X1 line up. Keyword there being 'slight'. To say games belong to X1 in the first year is completely untrue.

But the fact is all this talk about how much better each launch line up is stupid. Like a few other wise people in this thread have said, I'll be playing my PS4 for years to come, not just the first 3 months.

The much smarter thing to do would be to look at past history to determine what the next 8 years will look like. Sony absolutely smashes MS in the exclusive department. It's pathetic how few exclusives MS have released in the last few years for the 360, but certain people like to forget this little inconvenient fact.

But I of course expect MS fanboys to cling onto the unimportant launch line up, because as soon as they do they smart thing, they realise the PS4 is a much more attractive option to a core gamer, and they can't have that now, can they?

Keep clinging to your launch line up because I'll be enjoying exclusive after exclusive for the ENTIRE next generation.

Good day sir!

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quenomamen1701d ago

Strong line up of launch games on a weaker more expensive system. What about in a year ? What about 3 years from now. A good line up of launch games is just that, a good line up of launch games.

s8anicslayer1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

In all fairness if you take away Ryse and maybe 1 or 2 other xbox one launch titles that were originally pinned to be on 360 you'll then understand why the 360 lacked some AAA games in 13 and why the One is launching with a "Potentially stronger lineup". Imagine if Sony saved TLOU as a PS4 launch title how the PS4 would've been bolstering a deadly launch lineup with full retail games and free to play and PSN games not to mention the free PS+ you'll get. Both systems offer a great launch lineup the bigger question is who will offer the most games within the launch window and first year.

Christopher1701d ago

This is like the 5th article saying this exact same thing from forbes since day 1 of gamescon.

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NateCole1701d ago

???. 33 vs 22 for PS4. If we are only counting AAA games then we already know the story here. PS is the home of AAA games. Sony have proven this since 1995.

All indications point to an early PS4 lead in anycase. Both hardware and software.

thrust1701d ago

Day one games are not good tho, unless you like indie indie indie!

I have my tablet and phone for indie games while am traveling.

Both consoles will do great tho.

Shadowsteal1701d ago

The thing is that this Generation we have Massive third party support alongside the Launch.

So I'll be Playing

Drive Club
Assassin's Creed 4
Battlefield 4
Infamous: Second Son

So I don't think I'll have time for "Indie, Indie, Indie"

So many gamers have the wrong perspective on Indie's. Insomniac is an Indie look at their games. The Indies you see PS4 touting are starting their games with Sony support. Yknow why? because they're going to be incubated with Sony and at one point join the ranks of SOny top-tier developers with AAA games. Quantic dreams is technically still indie, they choose to make their games exclusive to PS.

gamertk4211701d ago

The same applies to now. Oh, 360 fans don't have anything to play since Gears, but I'll tell you what I played since then. I enjoyed Bioshock Infinite, State of Decay, caught up on the Walking Dead game, playing Splinter Cell, going to get Diablo 3, Madden and GTA5. Hell, I even played Last of Us, but you're too narrow minded to dream that someone might actually have...(gasp) both consoles! The only other PS3 game you listed that I might possibly play is Beyond, but that will definitely be a weekend rental. See, I don't care as much about exclusives, so much as games I enjoy, so your diatribe means little to nothing.

DigitalRaptor1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

So you can describe Killzone: Shadow Fall, DriveClub, Knack, War Thunder, Watch_Dogs, Battlefield 4, AC4 and several more as "not good" without even playing them, and then oust a plethora of unique and creative indie games as a kind of "saving grace" for PS4.

Every single one of Sony's game's ships as a complete game, the same cannot be said for MS.

I'm used to seeing people ignoring years of historic evidence but it never makes you any less short-sighted. All I hear is "launch" this and "launch" that - Short term mentality is not something to be proud of.

@ gamertk421

And what if someone doesn't have both consoles? The job of a console manufacturer is to support their consoles for the long-term, something Microsoft has not done historically. Shifting your lineup to next generation to attempt to compete is not admirable or respectable.

FrigidDARKNESS1701d ago

MS has the better launch day line up for gamers it doesn't natter how many titles a console has.

OpieWinston1701d ago

Dead Rising 3
Ryse: Son of Rome
Watch Dogs
AC4: Black Flag
Killer Instinct
Zoo Tycoon
Skylander: Swap Force
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty Ghosts
Crimson Dragon
Fifa 14
Fighter Within
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Madden NFL 25
NBA 2k14
NBA Live 14
Peggle 2
Powerstar Golf
Need for Speed Rivals
Zumba Fitness: World Party
Forza Motorsport 5
Just Dance 2014

it has a bit for every console gamer, even a bit for some PC gamers making the integration to console gaming like a new look on Zoo Tycoon is going to be nice to see.

Killzone Shadow Fall as a launch title? It's a mediocre FPS especially since Battlefield 4 and CoD Ghosts are both coming out at that date. Titanfall and Halo will be positioned perfectly, after the Battlefield/CoD hype goes down for MOST they will jump on Titanfall and seeing how hyped it is right now the hype could go all the way to the next Halo launch...Sooo yeah Xbox One is home for Shooter lovers definitely.

Rant Rant Rant Rant

Point is...It's a better launch lineup if you look at the facts. PC ports don't make a good launch lineup AT ALL!

KonsoruMasuta1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

Opie, the PS4 get's most of those games too. I don't see how you can use them in an argument that the One has a better lineup.

Blastoise1701d ago


Yeah Killzone is mediocre but games like Peggle 2, Ryse Son of Rome, Crimson Dragon and Fighter within are going to set the world on fire right?


DatRealBoy1701d ago

@opie r you mad because most of the hype train is going towards ps4 im not saying xbox wont sell but it will be out sold by ps4

PFFT1701d ago


You know youll be playing Peggle 2 when it releases on the PS4. So stop with the sarcasm.

JackStraw1701d ago

@opie what are the "facts" that "pc ports don't make a good launch lineup"? most people who will buy a ps4 have never played games like ps2 or warframe, so they're pretty much new games to them. they are perfect for a launch lineup because 1) it opens up the console to devs so they can get used to it for future game releases and 2) it gives more games to play on the console at launch, for the reason i listed above. most people who will buy the console hasn't played them.

i guess pc ports don't make a good launch lineup but 360 games that have been updated for the one & kinect games do?

hey, logic!

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1lawrence1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

it better have a better lineup what has microsost been doing the last 3 years nothing plus all three exclusives are not original ips makes it eaiser to make at least sony started out the gate with two new ips drive club n knack u may not like these games but at least there still taking risk with new software instead of the safe no imagination route that microsost takes just buy third party games

christocolus1701d ago

I feel same way..its shocking how sony fans are listing indies titles as core launch titles and bragging about having the advantage...its really weird

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from the beach1701d ago

They seem to be - and should be - pushing this 'best for games' angle.. that's what will sell the console through the launch period.

Funny now looking back on all the 'TV' stupidity!

n4rc1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

Its not stupidity.. Its incredibly useful IMO..

I'm 30 years old.. I watch TV.. A lot more then I play games..
Having my cable run through the xbox is a huge selling feature..

Can come home from work and just say "xbox tv" and boom.. Tvs on.. A friend is online and wants to chat or play a game? I get the notification and can instantly switch to the game..

Then i can keep watching the leafs games while its sets the match up Or instantly and effortlessly switch back and forth while never leaving my game

Edit: original AND clever.. Lol.. Full package there ;)

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from the beach1701d ago


You've mistaken my point, I meant the people who complained that Xbox One was focused only on TV features, before the games were announced, now look stupid.

I'm pumped for the switching / voice on features too!

Braveheart_NZ1701d ago (Edited 1701d ago )

I am buying my consoles for games first and foremost and both companies will have great exclusives that I will enjoy, but regarding cable tv, it doesn't look like Microsoft is the only one that is going to have TV on its system. Sony is in talks with several high profile media organizations to help populate an internet-based service that will stream channels and offer up on-demand content. The offering, which Sony is apparently looking to launch by the end of the year, would be the realization of some long time aspirations. Viacom is apparently at top of the list of potential partners, as the home of channels like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. That deal is said to be in the preliminary agreement stage.Sony's also been holding meetings with a number of other content providers like Disney, Time Warner and CBS. It wont need a cable box plugged into the PS4. Those cable services will stream directly through the PS4. I look forward to there future announcement on this matter. I have both consoles pre-ordered and already paid for in full, so I am no fan boy. I will enjoy both consoles for what they BOTH offer :)

DatRealBoy1701d ago

in all honesty I don't see how that's a game changer its a glorified input button

SonyWarrior1701d ago

30 year old 2 bubble troll on n4g.... lmao what a sad pathetic life.

Ju1701d ago

$500 for a voice controlled cable box extender. Well, if money doesn't matter. sure. Why not

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