UltimateGameGorilla: Why The Xbox 360 Does Not Need Exclusives

Richard of UltimateGameGorilla writes: The year is 2007, barely a year has passed since the Xbox 360 and PS3 rolled of the production lines. Everyone wants one of the “next generation consoles”. Some gamers just purchased both consoles but for many consumers buying both was out of the question and the deciding factor between the consoles boiled down to the game line-up. At launch the Xbox 360 had an entire year of a head start with which to build a library of launch titles. The PS3 on the other hand had no such benefit and stuttered along with very few “exclusive” titles. The PS3's strange architecture had proven to difficult a task to program and most developers opted for multiplatform games. This resulted in the majority of multiplatform games looking and performing better on the Xbox 360. Things were indeed looking up for Microsoft's console, even with the bad reputation surrounding the console as the notorious “RROD” surfaced, the console continued to dominate the PS3 by a huge...


The article does not say that us gamers do not want exclusives, but that when there is a lack of exclusives we have a plethora of high quality multiplatform titles to entertain ourselves with.

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asphogears2405d ago

Well written, unbiased article. I agree that fanboys overlook multiplatform titles.

Qwert1172405d ago

Why is this guy getting disagrees?

Active Reload2405d ago

Me personally, I only like a few exclusives on any platform. With that said, exclusives do give a platform an identity, so in general they are needed. I understand what the article is saying and it holds it's own truths.

Biggest2405d ago

Richard should also write an article saying "Why People Should Not Buy L.A. Noire From K-Mart." I mean, who cares that they have the most extras thrown in? People should be happy with the same game that every other outlet is selling. There is no reason to expect or look for the better package deal. Never look for more. Always settle for the median.

captain-obvious2405d ago

as an owner of all consoles
i say BS
because im more interested in Exclusives of each console
since i can play a multi plat on ANY system i have

so yah

Istanbull2405d ago

why are you getting ignored?

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bakasora2404d ago

When they have a lot of exclusives they say they have the best exclusives. Then when they don't have much exclusive, they say they don't need them. I just saying.

EVILDEAD3602404d ago (Edited 2404d ago )

Let's keep it 100% real..

It would be silly to pretend that Exclusives don't matter at all for ANY console generation..

Since November of last year there have been a dozen articles bashing the 360 for 2011's exclusives list vs. PS3.

And now as we are less than a month from E3 and the fact is the system continues to sell and without any exclusives 360 gamers played great games this year and the year is not over

After what happened to last year's Alan Wake getting trounced by Red Dead..Microsoft wisened up..

Bottomline..the top 4 exclusives on the 360 are Halo, Gears, Fable and Forza (in that order)

They successfully released Halo and Fable in 2010..and this fall they will release Gears and's that simple

Sony definately clearly has the biggest number of 'announced' exclusives..but at the end of the day 2011's top 2 exclusives for the PS3 this year are K3 and the fall's Uncharted 3.

If you look at the first half of this year and you will see that multi-plats dominated the gaming world from the fans to the press with the releases of Dead Space 2, Crysis 2, Portal 2, and now the upcoming MONSTER LA. Noire.

So what could Micrasoft have released that would have mattered?

A Shooter?

COD: BO & Halo Reach still dominate Xbox Live w/ DLC updates and ridiculously huge online community and content..why release something to compete against Bulletstorm which tied to the Gears PS3 released the high profile Killzone 3

At the end of the day, for the first half of turned out to be a wise decision.

On the 6th of June we will finally see if the rest of 2011 bodes well for Micrsoft as well.

I just say..own em' all..and game till you drop

Just my take


iamnsuperman2404d ago

Exclusives sell system. £60 sells because of the Halo effect. The PS3 sells because of Uncharted, GT, and other exclusives. Lets make it simple. Why should I buy a 360 if the 360 has not exclusive games (same goes to any gaming platform just easier to name one). Multiplat games are good but system sellers they are not. Of course other features have an impact but in the context of games exclusives sell system. So the 360 does need exclusives like all platform because then there is little reason to buy one console over another if there are no exclusives

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news4geeks2405d ago

There is no bias here but just wait for the sony fanboys, they'll find bias like a needle in a hay stack. Good article.

UltimateGameGorilla2405d ago

I think Richard is going to really appreciate your comment. Thanks!

awiseman2405d ago

I agree :D thanks for positiver insight guys!

DelbertGrady2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

I appreciate games regardless of exclusivity although it could be a factor when choosing what platform to buy (if only buying one). For me there are more factors than games though. Such as online, chat features etc.

I also think it would feel sh*tty if one side got to play games like L.A. Noire and Portal 2 and the others were left out.

Just 5 more days til L.A. Noire...!

NateCole2405d ago

Why should you feel shitty?. If anyone wants to play every game then they should fork out for every platform there is. Thats the way it should be. This is important to having variety and competition and having an innovative gaming industry.

Some of you kids really need to look at the bigger picture here.

Rynx2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

This generation has been a joke

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LOGICWINS2405d ago

The 360 doesn't need exclusives because the majority of its audience doesn't play exclusive games. Its really just that simple.

sack_boi2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

If that was the case Halo, Gears, Forza, Fable... would tank completely. Not so logical this time around.

EDIT : Or, were you being sarcastic?

Blaze9292405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Call of Duty: Black Ops
2 Modern Warfare 2
3 Halo: Reach
4 FIFA Soccer 11
5 NBA 2K11
7 Mortal Kombat
8 Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
9 Call of Duty 4
10 Red Dead Redemption
11 Halo 3
12 Gears of War 2
13 Portal 2
14 Call of Duty: WaW
15 NHL 11
16 Forza Motorsport 3
17 Madden NFL 11
18 Bulletstorm
19 Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
20 Fallout: New Vegas

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

1 Outland
2 Castlevania Harmony of Despair
3 Portal: Still Alive
4 Pinball FX2
5 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
6 Full House Poker
7 Section 8: Prejudice
9 The Fancy Pants Adventures
10 Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury
13 Castle Crashers
14 The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
15 Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
16 Trials HD
17 Game Room
18 Torchlight
20 Street Fighter II’ HF
The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live


Like he said, the majority of its audience do not play exclusive games. Microsoft sees that and if their audience is happy with multiplatform games, why should they feel the need to pump out 20 plus exclusives every year like Sony and pretend like their audience is going to buy all of those games plus multiplatform games in one year.

ProA0072405d ago

when served with statistics, pwnage is so sweet. as Blaze just did sack_boi

van-essa2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

They don't play exclusive games because there are no (exageration off course) exclusive games to be played.
I don't see Uncharted on that list. Does that mean their audience doesn't want Uncharted?
I bet it would be right next to Gears on that list if it was on the X360.

Point being, your list only proves that there aren't many exclusives on the X360, not that they don't want exclusives.

captain-obvious2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

@ Blaze929

you listed all the worthwhile Xbox Exclusives in that list (2 halos a gears game and a forza game )

no wonder you wont find anymore on that list

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LOGICWINS2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

@sack_boi- No, people buy Halo, Gears, Forza, and Fable because they WANT to buy them. What I'm saying is that MORE people on the 360 spend MORE of their time on multiplatform games like COD.

Exclusive games like Halo and Gears HELP the 360 do well...but they are not NECESSARY for the 360 to do well since MOST 360 owners only buy two MULTIPLATFORM games a year(Madden and COD).

Check the statistics...numbers don't lie.

Qwert1172405d ago

I agree with the first part of your comment but I disagree with you when you write that Xbox 360 gamers only buy Madden and COD. I for one buy a shitload of games each year.

LOGICWINS2405d ago

"I agree with the first part of your comment but I disagree with you when you write that Xbox 360 gamers only buy Madden and COD. I for one buy a shitload of games each year."

YOU buy a shitload of games each year...MOST 360 owners only buy two games a year: COD and one sports game.

asphogears2405d ago

I also buy a lot of games each year and so does almost every Xbox 360 owner I know.

Oldsnake0072405d ago

than why does the 360 have the same / higher attach rate than the ps3 ?

Echo3072405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

"MOST 360 owners only buy two MULTIPLATFORM games a year(Madden and COD)."

I would love to know where you're getting the info to state this as fact. I have a friend's list of 80+ people and not a single one of them only play one game a year. They might not buy every game that comes out, and most of them do buy the yearly CoD title, but each of them buy and play at least a handful of games every year.

And BTW, just so we're clear, the most popular game/series on both platforms is a multiplatform title. Guess that means PS3 owners only want to play CoD, huh?

Edit - Oldsnake007 hit the nail on the head. Most multiplatform games sell better on the 360... a lot better. AND the few exclusives the Xbox has sell better than PS3 exclusives, and the install base for both consoles is about the same. In fact, if we're to listen to all the PS3 fanboys out there, about half of all 360's are dead from RROD, meaning there should be a lot more PS3's than 360's out there.

LOGICWINS2405d ago

"Guess that means PS3 owners only want to play CoD, huh?"

No, MOST PS3 owners only want to play COD.

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2fk2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

I WANT EXCLUSIVES...that's why i got the ps3, 360, and wii.....the exclusives identify the platform....when i think of ps3 i think of Uncharted, Killzone, MGS, GOW, infamous...and when i think of 360 i think of halo, gears, fable, forza, alan wake...WE NEED EXCLUSIVES.

Kurt Russell2404d ago

Not if those games were available at the same quality multiplat you wouldn't ^^

2fk2404d ago

then what would be the point of having a ps3 and 360 if their multiplat....EXCLUSIVES IDENTIFY THE CONSOLE....u obviously dont understand

Kurt Russell2404d ago

What great vivid and exciting use of capitalisation!

I do understand, but my point was we wouldn't need a PS3, 360, Wii and god knows what else under our TV's to play everything in the world ever... Because I can play them all on one. Exclusives do identify a console in the current situation of competing companies.

HOWEVER! <--- vivid and exciting yes?.. I think so.

You made no mention of this in your first post which said "WE NEED EXCLUSIVES" in a rather crass manor (of which I read in the style of how I talk on the phone whilst poo'ing)... and is the statement I was disagreeing with.

WE don't need exclusives at all, they benefit YOU and I none what-so-ever. However competing COMPANIES need exclusives to make their product stand out amongst the rest... So you and I shall part with our hard earned pennies in their favour.

I hope there is no more confusion, as I have no more bubbles to explain this further to you. I tried to copy your eclectic typing style so we're on the same page.

upturned22405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

Agreeed. Plus, exclusives are usually geared towards hardcore gamers. With the exception of games like LittleBigPlanet and Viva Pinata lol.

Morbius4202404d ago

Maybe we don't play exclusives because thier aren't any.

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NukaCola2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

This article just said that it doesn't matter how weak the line up is and how much MS is moving toward Kinect instead of core game, you will all still buy the Xbox anyway. Is it me or is this madness? I get the 360 audience loves multiplats just as much as the rest but exclusive stand a console apart. 360 had plenty of great titles. And the States and UK are the only countries that this article really applies too.

asphogears2405d ago

This article says how the multiplatform games these days are really good so exclusives right now are not that necessary.

NukaCola2405d ago

Well why does PS3 outsell 360 everywhere other than the UK and USA? I would think it is because Sony provides something MS doesn't. And Kinect is a huge boost to the 360 which is an exclusive camera with exclusive games. I think this article holds minimal ground.

LOGICWINS2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

"Well why does PS3 outsell 360 everywhere other than the UK and USA?"

^^Because the online is free and it has more value(Blu-ray player, gaming machine etc.) and its the same price as its counterpart 360 SKU.

Also, the 360 came out in 05', a shitload of people who are buying PS3s NOW, probably ALREADY have a 360.

If exclusives were the reason that the PS3 is outselling the 360, then why is Black Ops(a multiplatform game) the best selling Playstation 3 game in history?

jacksonmichael2405d ago

Oh, and Japan hates Microsoft.

MysticStrummer2405d ago

@Logic - PS3 has outsold 360 fairly consistently since launch, and it had a substantially higher price back then. Black Ops, like all CoDs, is an accessible FPS that anyone can pick up and do well at. Some would call that casual, some wouldn't, but the Wii has proven the power of the casual gamer's dollar. It's arguable whether that's good for gamers overall. I would say it isn't, but "accessible" has become the goal this generation and it's not surprising that CoD games sell well on any system. Regardless, if two systems play a bunch of the same games and only one of them has exclusives... real exclusives not on PC also... which would you say is the better system to buy? I'm not saying 360 has no exclusives by the way, I'm just saying to discount exclusives is silly. I know I bought a PS3 because I enjoyed the exclusives Sony brought to the PS2 more than what Microsoft brought to XBox. This generation has only enhanced that, so I'll be buying a PS4 as soon as it launches.

Biggest2405d ago

Multiplatform games have always been really good. Only a few exclusives made a difference. If you wanted Mario, you got Nintendo. If you wanted Sonic, you got Sega. If you wanted Bonk, you got TGFX16. The big thing with the Xbox in general is that most of the people playing it are people that weren't "gamers" before. They aren't concerned with games. They play what the cool kids play: Call of Duty and Madden.

sergiospain2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

Well I disagree. While most of my games are multiplatform, I don't know what would I do without my Uncharted 2, Metal gear solid 4, killzone 3 and demon's souls.

Those are the games I have played the most in this generation. Honestly, you can say whatever about multiplatforms, but having exclusives always adds variety.

inb4 a massive amount of xbox360 fanboys downvotes me for no good reason.

NateCole2405d ago

@asphogears. Truth is. MS dosent have the talent to produce exclusive content the same quantity as their rivals in any case.

@LOGICWINS. COD is the GTA of this gen in terms of accessibility and casual appeal. Regardless of platform it sells.

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asphogears2405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

This article is not dissing any other consoles. It is just stating that multiplatform titles are really good these days. The author of the article also wrote at the beginning of the article a bit of history about the Xbox 360. There is nothing wrong with that.

upturned22405d ago (Edited 2405d ago )

He's trying to downplay the 360's lack of new exclusives. Only recently have people been bringing up that problem. Whether it be in an article or in the comments. So it makes perfect sense to come out with a cleverly comprised unbiased article that gives the 360 room to breathe with its poor Kinect.

I'm pointing out the obvious. Doesn't make me a fanboy, and I hate how that word gets thrown around all the time now. Instead of intelligence in a discussion, people call "fanboy". Makes them seem moronic.

In 2007, the PS3 barely had any exclusives. In 2007, 360 had plenty. Now look what's happened.

Morbius4202404d ago

I thought Grand Turisimo was.

Otheros002405d ago

Then what's the point of buying one if you already own a pc or ps3?

asphogears2405d ago

I think that the main point of this article was to praise multiplatform games.

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