Has Microsoft Exhausted its Supply of Xbox 360 Exclusives?

It’s a common insult thrown by those who are less than fond of Microsoft’s console: “The Xbox 360 doesn’t have any games!” While I would have vehemently disagreed with this sentiment after the release of Gears of War back in 2006, I’m not so sure any more. With the Halo “trilogy” being expanded by a new development team, the Gears of War franchise done and dusted for the foreseeable future, the Fable series rapidly deteriorating in quality, and interest in Forza paling in comparison to Gran Turismo, it seems that Microsoft has effectively dried up the proverbial well of must-have exclusive titles. What’s left for the next Xbox to make it a must-buy console on launch day?

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Snookies122139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

I prefer Playstation, but I don't hate Xbox. I really hope they can get their act together and offer their fanbase some new exclusive games, because at the moment it's definitely not looking good for them. I'd be more than happy to buy another Xbox if they'd release some good exclusives besides Halo, Gears, Forza, and well... I can't say Fable as it's on PC as well.

LOGICWINS2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

It's mostly the 360 user base's fault. They allow Microsoft to be comfortable. Halo, Forza, Fable, Gears..thats what its been for half a decade(and the 360 fanbase has demonstrated that they're okay with that with their dollars). If your okay with that, no problem, enjoy your games. But this isn't good if ur looking for a large variety of exclusive games.

Now with the $99 360/Kinect bundle(which WILL take off whether people here like it or not) Microsoft will just gt more cocky. They'll just continue doing the SAME three things they always do

1) Market COD to the point that people think its a 360 exclusive

2) Halo

3) Take EVERY opportunity to overcharge 360 users

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LOGICWINS2138d ago (Edited 2138d ago )

Great comment edonus. Personally, most of the games I play are multiplatform. Max Payne 3, AC3, and GTAV(I hope) for this year. The only two PS3 exclusive franchises I TRULY care about are Killzone and Infamous. As far as the discussion is concerned, PS3 and 360 gamers have had a blast this generation...regardless of which consoles has more exclusives.

HOWEVER, I'm not a big fan of Microsofts business practices. Paying for Live is just ridiculous IMO. And I personally dont understand the hype behind Halo. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

kreate2138d ago (Edited 2138d ago )


'Its not a matter of the fan base letting them do anything. Its just that what they are doing is practical and fits the consumer style.'

Its not? I thought if the fanbase stops buying xbox consoles, stops paying for gold, and complain to ms that xbox needs games than ms would do something about it?

Like u know.... Make some more games?
Kinect is good and all but u know what i

What are they doing with all the money they made this generation?

badz1492138d ago

MS has the money to make more exclusives than even Sony could but they just don't want to and who can blame them when people keep buying their multiplat console?

INC NATE21312138d ago

simple terms...MORE EXCLUSIVES ISNT ALWAYS BETTER! say ps3 has 10 exclusives this year, uhhh i dont have 600 dollars to waste on video games, vs the 5 that xbox has where 300 dollars is still a lot more manageable to pay but since theres so many to chose from im not going to buy all 10, il at best buy 5. second off, quality>quantity. if you looked at the past 2 years guys, ps3 has more exclusives, but there ratings arent as great as 360 exclusives...example if you go to meticritc which averages out all the ratings for a game, and go to the games tab, theres a section that says 2012 best games, it will show ps3, xbox360 and wii, it will tell you the number of exclusives with an 85 or better, well do the math, iv calculated all the years since the start of 2006, so here are your numbers, exclusives with an 85 or better...xbox360-27, ps3-20. each year after 2009 when ps3 started producing so many exclusives, there over all ratings have went down. 2009. exclusives rated over 85 in 2009-9 over 85 in 2010-8 now heres where it gets scary, over 85 in 2011-4 in 2012 so far 3. as you can see as they produce more exclusives theres not to much focus on maybe 2 or 3 specific games, sure you can pump out a shit ton of ok to good exclusives, or pump out 4 to 5 of really good games...which ones do you want? oh and go check meticritic if you dont believe me :)

Gamer30002138d ago

for the first time logic you have my agree

gaffyh2138d ago

I agree with everything you said Logic, except the bit where "people think [COD] is 360 exclusive". Microsoft certainly have tried, and Pachter seems to think they've succeeded, but nobody thinks it's exclusive. It sells way too much on PS3, and it's more correct to say that people prefer to play it on 360 because that is essentially the "shooter" console due to its controller.

Microsoft are going to continue with their approach to get 3rd party exclusive next gen, because it is cheaper to pay off a third party, than to have your own development team and take all the risks. Except for proven franchises of course, which is why the recycle Halo, Forza, Fable all the time.

insomnium22138d ago

I bet MS will do the same exact thing next gen. Fool the HC-gamers to buy their console and then let them hang and concentrate on that casual money. It's working extremely well so why the hell should they stop it?

I really hate to see someone like MS buying their way up and laugh all the way to the bank afterwards. It sickens me but there is nothing I can do about millions of ignorant people.

I'm affraid Sony might ditch the hc-gamers too since as it clearly shows in salesnumbers all you need is COD and marketting. Nextgen is going to be a rough ride if you ditch us Sony.

lastdual2138d ago

People here tend to overlook MS's other strategy:

Pump money into XBLA games

MS does have exclusives, it's just that most of them are downloadable games now. I expect that we'll see more big budget exclusive retail games when they release their new console, but in meantime XBLA has been home to some pretty great titles.

It's absurd to claim that games like Journey or Fez aren't worthwhile exclusives. I've enjoyed both of those titles more than several boxed games I've bought in the last year.

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darthv722139d ago

Similar to NYC gamer said below. It may not be in the best interest of the 360 to make a huge release of titles (exclusive or not). I can see this as basically on the verge of announcing the next gen xbox and doing more in the services dept for the 360 while at the same time shifting focus for solid game development to their next project.

It makes sense if you really think about it. It pays to hold back games at or near the end of one console cycle to make them part of the launch of a new one. Granted we all know about launch games and how they 'should' have been released on the prior system. yet in this business, you need as many launch titles as you can get. Even if it means sacrificing some late titles into becoming launch titles.

The 360 has established itself as a solid entertainment set top box. That could have been the idea from the beginning but of course they need to get into peoples homes first. You do that with recognizable titles and a cool gimick (kinect came out late but it seems to have caught on quick).

So now with the rumors of a 720 (or whatever) and the pulling back of titles released for the 360 just lends itself to the idea that the next gen is upon us and will have the games people have been clamouring for.

2v12138d ago

and then waht...hope for 3rd party support

fermcr2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

Honestly... Microsoft is doing better then I expected, even without many exclusives.

Who would of thought at the beginning of this generation that the X360 would be selling this good at this point. Almost 7 years old and still selling pretty well.

LOGICWINS2139d ago

I agree. Excellent marketing on their part.

SilentNegotiator2138d ago

It's the Wii all over again. New technology that doesn't ultimately end up doing much, lots of marketing.

Good for them, but it doesn't do anything for me as a gamer. I'll just take my business elsewhere.

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Nodoze2138d ago

Agreed. Sadly it points to the gullible nature of the consumer. They see an ad on TV and that is what they want (regardless of what other options are out there).

Have to hand it to MS, they certainly should not be doing as well as they are. They have alienated the core gamers with a complete lack of exclusives, they nickel and dime to death, Kinect is a joke, and yet here we are.

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mobhit2138d ago

What you said literally made no sense. Who wouldn't want more exclusives for their console? What does metacritic have to do with enjoying games for what they are?

That's a poor argument.

xXBlondieVanHarlowXx2138d ago

Exactly, because as he claims "i dont have 600 dollars to waste on video games" he wants his console to have less games so he can afford them all.

That's not selfish of him.

crzyjackbauer2138d ago

as long as COD keeps selling billions, MS doesent need any Exclusives
Sony keeps making exclusivers and what you guys end up playing uncharted 3 for a month or so and then come back to COD
makes no sense business wise

mobhit2138d ago (Edited 2138d ago )

...What about the people who actually want to play more than just CoD games? Not everybody likes CoD.

xtremeimport2138d ago

not just 360. xbox in general. I really have no problem with them continuing to use the same IP so long as they offer more variety in other forms.

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StraightPath2138d ago

lol forza destoryed GT5 since Forza 1. Just look at the metacritc. Forza high GT going lower each time.

QuodEratDemonstrandm2131d ago

I would think that an author would have more respect for his readers than to butcher the english language like that.

Reading a comment should take less effort than writing it did, not more.

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NYC_Gamer2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

MS doesn't need to flood the 360 this late with new exclusives......I'm sure the next Xbox console will bring new exclusives since customers would need a reason to upgrade....360 is doing alright for a console that has limited new software...

GameTavern2139d ago

I think his point, and its reasonable on paper. Is what can MS offer customers to WANT to upgrade to the next Xbox?

NYC_Gamer2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

I think MS will come out strong with new software for their next console....just look at what MS did with the 360 in the early years compared to the reg xbox....MS isn't bringing out new exclusives now because its not needed the 360 is at the end of its life span...people would be foolish to think MS doesn't have exclusives to showcase the next xbox...

KenAdamsNSA2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

@GameTavern Exactly.

Guwapo772138d ago (Edited 2138d ago )

@ NYC_Gamer

With what studios? MS bought several at the start of this generation and over time closed them. I'm still at a lose for why they did that.

EDIT: disregard. I see they still have a few studios under their belt. 7 to be exact with alot of Microsoft studios. They may gather some steam next generation. I do hope so. Last thing I want to see is Sony get too relaxed like they were this gen.

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humbleopinion2138d ago

MS also opened a vast array of new studios lately, with most of them not releasing any game on the X360 so far. It makes sense that most of them have already moved to next gen development. Not to mention many of the top exclusive games coming out this gen are from third party developers, so who knows which studios Microsoft signed deals with for the next gen?

Also, since the last E3 The following games were released on the X360 (excluding kinect games) which you can't find on other consoles:
Gears of War 3, Forza 4, Halo Anniversary, Alan Wake AN, The Witcher 2, Fez, Trials Revolution, Minecraft, The Splatters, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Shadow Planet, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, Ms Splosion Man, Bastion, Sine Mora, Orcs Must Die - and I'm pretty sure I forgot a handful at least.

So for people looking for content on the X360 in the past year I'm pretty sure they are not all out of games. In fact, I'm not sure if any other console had such a wide selection of quality games released to it in the past year (but you are more than welcomed to correct me if you think I'm wrong).

WetN00dle692138d ago (Edited 2138d ago )

I agree!
But i do hope MS actually has something to offer other than 20 new titles of halo and 10 of Gears of War. Halo Darts and Gears of War Bowling anyone???

humbleopinion2137d ago

/checks back to see if any comments were made

No counter arguments or lists to prove me wrong? I guess that settles is then.

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Nodoze2138d ago

NYC what game studios will these mythical exclusives come from?

Bungie is gone, Bizarre is gone, Bioware is gone, and we all know that Rare and Lionhead haven't turned out a great title in some time.

That leaves Turn10, and while they product great titles, this will NOT be enough.

Guwapo772138d ago

@ Humbleopinion

Only the first three you mentioned on that list are 360 exclusives. I who also has a gaming rig can purchase many of those as well. That is the only thing kind of bothers me about microsoft. It only makes the system look less attractive to actually have to buy. I know this reply is going off in a different direction but it is what it is. Three exclusives.

Instigator2139d ago

With Rare under their belt, MS has a lot of untapped franchises gamers love from way back when. It's just MS who's too reluctant to spend the money on widening their appeal. Banjo would have done much better if they didn't make it a damn racing game, but 700K isn't bad for a title so far from the 360's main demographic either way.

KenAdamsNSA2139d ago

Agreed. The challenges could've been much more diverse, but the LEGO-esque mechanics were insanely enjoyable.

DarkSniper2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )



GamingPerson2139d ago

Aren't you supposed to say "Dark Sniper says yes"

anticooper2138d ago

yeah i expected more from Darksniper:-)

Consoldtobots2138d ago

aren't you the same bunch that complain when DS is in character?

make up your minds

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360GamerFG2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

I believe they have. Core ones at least. Strange, we are taught in business school that it is cheaper and preferable to keep existing customers happy than to try and rope in new customers.
Microsoft seems to spit on this sound business theory by pandering to the casual crowd via kinect. Yes, there are alot more of them and they buy consoles, but they don't buy games like the rest of us.
Wake up Microsoft.
Edit: I just realised I also didn't die a single time in my entire playthrough of Fable II. . .LOL. How has this never been brought to my attention until now??
Edit 2: Bloody good read, well done sir.

KenAdamsNSA2139d ago

I wonder what the attach rate is for Kinect titles. If I remember correctly, that rate was very low for the Wii, and fairly high for the 360 several years ago.

liquidhalos2139d ago

Oh well now i find the fact that i didnt die once in fable much less of an achievment, damn thats funny, i wonder how many people did die