Last gen, it was clear that Sony focuses on exclusive games while Microsoft was working to define its console as an online first-person-shooter platform. If you were looking for unique experiences like those of The Unfinished Swan, Rain and Journey, the PlayStation platform would be the smartest choice. But if you were more of a Call of Duty/Halo player who craves for multiplayer matches, Microsoft’s console is the preferred one.
This gen, Microsoft took some notes from Sony and devoted time and resources to make new IPs. Best examples for that would be Insomniac Games’ takes on Saint Row with Sunset Overdrive, Crytek efforts to bring ‘God of War’ to ancient Rome with Ryse and Hidetaka Suehiro’s stylish D4. In between releases Microsoft put remakes on the market, with Halo: The Master Chief Collection being the biggest one.