Throwing Digital Sheep takes a look what Microsoft needs to do for its loyal customers, as Sony storms ahead with securing interesting exclusive titles.
I'd say Microsoft is doing better than ever as far as exclusives And next year looks even better than this great year And if that's all you see is Halo, Gears, and Forza then you haven't been paying much attention Ashten, Cuphead, Below, Solus project, Quantum Break, Scalebound, Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves and there's already released games like Killer Instinct, Ryse, Dead Rising 3, Sunset Overdrive, State of Decay
Well said Some ppl see what they want to see, or in this case, put blindfolds on. Why does the title reference exclusives then be followed up with a multiplatform game like No mans Sky in the sub text? Blindfolds again I guess.
Because only Halo, Gears, and Forza moves xbox hardware (and multiplats), everything else is niche for that crowd.
So? Doesnt make the games any less great.
@concertina I went to next gen this february. I bought a ps4. I own 70 games for it, digitally. That's 4 free to play, 12 I have I gotten from ps plus, so that's 54 titles I was willing to pay for that I enjoy. Xbox one doesn't have near enough titles that I would buy that come close to that. As appealing as gears, forza, and halo are as well as what's already out, there is absolutely no reason to get an xbox one. They're more expensive and there just isn't enough games yet, but meanwhile as they release more, I'm getting buried and backlogged by what sony is offering me. That's the biggest point I can make. It's not that xbox is a bad console, I just find that the ps4 offers way way more.
@Kaizo First of all its not more expensive. A 500gb xbone with one game is $349 and the 500gb PS4 with one game is $399. Those are just retail prices, the xbone is almsot always on sale somewhere with an extra game or 3 months of live or something. Also, you're speaking for yourself. I have a wii u, ps4 and xbone and they all offer a bunch of games i like. It's easy to say that the console you don't have is lacking compared to the one you do, but there's always a bunch of games on all three.
"Although this is only a timed exclusive, it is just another example of how Microsoft is falling behind; it isn’t giving gamers enough small, interesting game releases." Below, Inside, Tacoma, Elite Dangerous plus many others are timed on Xbox. So I'm not sure what the authurs talking about. "Sure, Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to be a timed exclusive for Microsoft platforms but I think it is fair to say that the game will simply offer a similar experience to that offered by the previous Tomb Raider game." So he doesnt want TR playin like TR? In all seriousness I know what he means he think this game will play similarly like the last. From what I've seen it looks far bigger, ambitious and straight better than the last one. "They have to not only secure the sale of a console but also ensure that the customer feels warrented in sticking around, they need to constantly reinforce the customer’s decision to invest in their platform. Getting Lara Croft in snow gear a year ahead of the competition just isn’t going to cut it. I want new experiences, new challenges, new standards being set and that simply isn’t being delivered in the roster of Xbox One exclusive titles." Then don't buy X1 software for 2015 then look at 2016. The authur is talking strictly indies here which MS has some excellent ones for next year. Sony has more "famous, bigger or critically acclaimed indie heading to PS4 than X1 but at this point ppl are nitpicking. Hes thinkin about trading his console for a PS4 just because it has said indies. That's fine that his decision I respect it but to trade your console for different types of indies is pretty ridiculous admittedly.
The commonality between all of those Xbox indies is that they don't actually exist yet. Gamers are free to buy a box based off of a promise of any given title and it makes plenty of sense to do so, but if you are solely looking at what is available to play now, PS4 just has more variety. Sure that's largely down to some great indies but their AAA first party stuff is nothing to sneeze at. If someone isn't bothered by a games budget & is more interested in a games quality then I don't see how it could be "ridiculous" to want to switch to PS4 assuming those are the kinds of experiences they want. It's crazy to me that some gamers are saying that people should hold off and wait for the stream of quality indies to hit the Xbox and with the same breath say that Sony gamers shouldn't be willing to hold off for the stream of quality AAA games to release. It's all down to preferences, and seeing as how this is an opinion piece, it's well within his right to covet some of the experiences already on offer for the PS4, just like it's well within my right as a PS4 gamer to covet Rise of the Tomb Raider. I think the bigger problem at hand are console warriors willing to downplay and belittle anything that doesn't appear on their platform, those are the ones in denial, not a dude stating his honest opinions about the games he's actually played & the others that he has streamed. No one (aside from the hardcore fanboy crowd) is saying that the XBO doesn't have some great games & a lot of potential down the line, people are just commenting on what is available on store shelves & in the marketplace in the here & now, and that is favoring the PS4 at the moment in terms of quantity & variety. Opinions differ and maybe you'd trade all of the indies in the world for the next Halo title, but don't expect everyone to feel the same way.
Don't forget Recore and Halo Wars 2.
@BigBoyEyes I have no clue how a comment that is so incorrect like yours gets a well said bubble lol Ashen, Cuphead, and Ori will never come to the PS4 they are console exclusives You mention 9 Halo games but fail to mention there is multiple Uncharted games, God of War games, Killzone If the series is good it should continue and that's what we see with Halo, Forza, Gears of War
He also failed to mention the 9 Halo games are across 3 difference XBox platforms. GT series has like 12 different games across 4 PS platforms. What about God of War & Hot Shots Golf on 5 different PS platforms as well. Both XBox and PS have several long running exclusive series. Even though see are the popular games on each platform, there are still other exclusives on both platforms that are very good.
I played Cuphead at PAX and it is insanely awesome. I cannot wait to play the completed version!
It does look amazing. I'm really hoping they introduce proper levels to go along with the boss fights for the sequel though. I've just always liked a boss fight being both a challenge & a reward at the end of a level. It sure is beautiful, if it plays half as good as it looks it's bound to be one of the better titles releasing next year.
I talked to the creators for about 20 minutes whiel I waited to play (some line-cutting journalists tried to cramp my style :P) and they stated that they, "Only have boss levels available for the demo". When I asked them if that meant all levels were going to be boss oriented, they said "No, they shouldn't be". I'll take that as a good sign!
"the problem with XB1 exclusive titles..." They aren't on Playstation? =P
Agreed @sammarshall plus more games like the stellar Ori and the Blind Forest and Titanfall.
Let's be honest ... the main reason people get an X-Box or Playstation is for the multiplatform games. Exclusives are just a bonus. All you have to do is look at the sales chart. Multiplatform games dominate both their list. Call of Duty, GTA, Destiny, Assassin's Creed for example are owned by more PS4 and XB1 users than say Last of Us or Halo. Yes the remastered/collections of last gen games are the best selling exclusives so far for both Sony and Microsoft. PS4 and XB1 are mainly ... third party game machines. Exclusives are just a bonus. Which system a gamer's friend is playing Call of Duty for example is a bigger reason for that gamer to choose one or the other. But I am sure I will get some people to disagree with facts.
I fail to see how microsoft has had a great year when they will only have released 2 exclusives by the end of this year.
Maybe because the year isn't over until January and we have Ori and the Blind Forest, State of Decay, Rare Replay, Forza 6, Gears of War Ultimate edition, and Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider (1 year) and Fable Legends coming
All of those "already released" games you list are old as dirt. Ryse? Let's put the launch titles to bed.
They came out on the consoles we are discussing so they count
This opinion piece is a joke. Only one thing to do... * facepalm * Both the PS4 and X1 have great exclusives (presently) and will have great exclusives for 2016. If you can't see that, then you are a blind fanboy... or simply blind.
To each his own. I can speak for myself and say games like Resongun, Until Dawn, Infamous, many others just unique enough to feel new and different. I understand Halo, Gears of War, Forza are great franchises. They are really common games in common genres though. If a person wants a shooter likeHalo? There are always so many on each console. If you want a racer like Forza? Ps4 isn't lacking racing games. Gears is somewhat unique but at the end the day a common 3rd person shooter. There is not many Until Dawn games anywhere else, Resogun is unique in design, tear away, bloodbourne hard to find anywhere else, The Last Guardian is one of a kind. Many unique Indie games. Its just variety. When we start to get used to it? PS4 is even gonna throw virtual reality at us. It's just so much gaming content of all kinds. While Microsoft is rich in features and a few big hitter exclusives? Sony is rich in gaming and variety content. Rich in PlayStation store offerings.
Are you saying that X1 only has Halo, Gears and Forza? X1 has no more exclusives beside those three? How ignorant can you be! I'm not making lists because you simply don't care... or don't want to care.
@Kenwonobi here are some unique games if you want story driven experiences try Dark Dreams Don't Die D4 and Blues and Bullet, you want one of a kind go for Ori and the Last forest. If you looking for VR games MS signed on with Oculus and Valve trust plenty of VR games with those two Giants. You truly have to look for experiences on Xbox One believe you me you wont find them on any other consoles. You are right MS rich in features but also Rich in Games.
Uhh there is no problem with PS4/XB1/Wii U exclusives. All of them are good for their respective console.
People here just see what they want to see, not what the truth is. It's just the way of life in the gaming community these days. People that say MS is evil for tying up exclusives immediately turn around and praise Sony for doing the same thing if not worse. They are all great consoles and I do love them all, but X1 easily gets the most of my attention. Without saying anything bad about the others, I just feel like the X1 and it's catalog of games is the best, but the others have some gems too. It's amazing that a trash article like this shot to #1 though. Welcome to N4G
Problem is 90% of those aren't exclusives as they are in PC. I will play most of them and do not own a Xbox One
I think at best they are both solid. With the exception of a couple on each platform like bloodborne, the remasters on ps4 and ori and the blind forest and the remasters on xbox one. until dawn, infamous, littlebig planet 3, killzone are good, not amazing, but they're generally well made games. there were a few slip-ups like knack, order and drive club (which i'm told is now improved). But you can see by the current line-up and future line-up (with ratchet, last guardian, uncharted, horizon, street fighter) that sony is going for a variety in different experiences. They also tend to release games throughout the year rather than focus on a particular period (like holiday). Eg. they started the year off with titles like infamous, order, bloodborne, street fighter 5, MLB etc. while having at least half a dozen triple A (new or remastered title) games for the rest of the year. The gaps are filled with third party marketing. This is how 360 had a large competitive advantage over PS3 last gen. If kilzone and resistance don't sell or aren't as well received as other first person shooters, what do you do? Try to convince the market that the best place to play bungie's, DICE's and treyarch's next game is on PS4. it's a nice little strategy. ofc that doesn't mean their PS games, but I think sony has benefited by associating games like arkham knight, destiny, shadow of mordor and metal gear solid 5 with the PS brand. Now Microsoft does something different altogether and that's fine. it's not a problem, it's just a different method. They actually started with a lot of second/ third party deals. Games like Dead Rising 3, Titanfall and sunset overdrive, games which like most of the sony line-up is good, not amazing (with the exception of TF which has amazing moments), but good. Then microsoft have had their own slip-ups with ryse and kinect sports rivals and halo mcc: multiplayer (which like drive club has improved and makes for a much better product). Their actual first party line-up and support regarding forza, killer instinct and halo have been the stand-outs for the console. Seems to be carrying over with gears. This is become more apparent lately through microsoft game shows where they seem to be doubling down on first party stuff like nintendo and sony, which is great. we'll see Quantum Break, crackdown, gears 4 and scalebound, sea of thieves, which all look fantastic. But yeah, two different strategies. Both very good line-ups with a few slip-ups and a few triumphs. Next year looks amazing for both consoles. They are more alike than you think in terms of quality. Just their strategies in what deals they make and what genres they work in and the type of experiences they're going for will cater to different tastes and preferences.
This douche clearly hasn't been paying any attention to phenomenal line up of games coming through [email protected] Cuphead anyone? How about Summer (or Winter down here in Oz) of Arcade? I guessing this guy doesn't know how to navigate the UI because you don't have to look hard to find something 'new and interesting on the xbox. "The free games given away each month on Xbox One are often poor and lacking in numbers compared to the myriad of titles given away every month to PlayStation Plus customers" Umm what? Every game for gold released from now on will be backwards compatible that's effectively 4-5 games playable on the X1 every month. "Xbox Live Gold customers recieved Tomb Raider. Yes, the value of the latter game is more but anyone who wanted to play that game has likely already done so." Well I didn't play it and thanks to the free GWG offering Square Enix has a day one buyer in me for ROTTR. This is an entire article based on subjective views and personal preferences. Don't pass this tripe off as fact, fool.
there is no Problem With Xbox One Exclusive there is Great Exclusive titles like Halo,Forza,Gears of War,Crackdown,Halo Wars,Fable,Killer Instinct. and there is new ips from good Developers like Quantum Break,Scalebound,Sea of Thieves,Sunset Overdrive,recore,Phantom dust,Cuphead. sigh....another article makes Xbox one Exclusive look bad Go play The Exclusive Games Instead of making this clickbait article.
Look on the positive side, mate. These articles make Xbone look bad => people chooses Ps4 over Xbone => Xbone loses more sales => M$ try harder to push out more awesome games.
Nothing to see here. *yawn*
Yea I'm more happy with the Xbox exclusives right now than I would be with any other console, so clearly they're doing something RIGHT.
meanwhile at TGS 15 .. more JrPGS are coming to PS4.. forget this game. xbone has no games.. there you go, that's a fanboy statement.
what, that there all timed exclusives?
that majority of them actually arent exlusives, basically there is a handful of true X1 exclusives from which 2 are Forzas.
You mean like MCC, sunset overdrive, halo 5, quantum break, Recoe, Scalebound, Crackdown 3, Gears of war 4, Sea of Thieves? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
That's just not true. The exclusive lineups for XBO and PS4 for the next year are absolutely INSANE!
Agree both gonna have amazing Exclusives in 2016 !
The problem with Xbox One exclusive titles is, my wallet will take a noticeable hit. Pretty much all of them announced have my interest!
Actually, currently I feel the wallet thing is a serious issue at the moment no matter which console you have!
The only console I want or need thanks MS.
Lol every time someone defends Xbox one exclusives they list the same cliché titles everyone expects then ends the statement with something like 'and so much more' or 'and next year will be even better'. It's so funny to read, instead of just being a proud owner you make its fanbase seem so desperate for a valid argument to defend it.
You do realize the same can be said for both fanbases and Platforms right? "Greatness Awaits" yet their E3 was all about games way down the line with untethered release windows and a kickstarted game. People like to feel secure about their purchase. Some people hate when you see misinformed people ragging on a game or developer when they're giving a wrong image to other people. So some correct it.
I own all consoles and I happen to love gears, halo, and forza and hugely prefer those "same cliche titles" to most other games. Why would I need to defend something like that? I think bloodborne is my favorite game this gen but i already have more hours in the Gears of war remaster then I have in bloodborne. Theres no need for a valid argument or need to defend man, some people have different opinons. I love games that i can enjoy with friends night after night and those games give me that.
What problem? So far I have purchased Dead Rising 3, Titanfall, Sunset Overdrive, Project Sparks, Forza Horizon 2, Halo MCC, Ori, KI season 1 and 2, Rare Replay, Gears Ultimate, Forza 6, with Fable Legends, Halo 5 and Tomb Raider left for 2015. In 2016 I will more than likely do the same and get great titles like QuantumBreak, Scalebound, KI season 3, Crackdown 3, Cuphead, Halo Wars 2, Gears 4 and many other MS exclusives as well. Nothing wrong with MS exclusives as they are great games with high value production, replayability, diverse, fun. I will continue to enjoy them and support more MS exclusives. Moreso than any of my other consoles.
MS exclusives will only go down from 2016, Xbox 360 era proved it.
X360 took the lead (in sale) back then so M$ got cocky. Now with the Ps4 dominating the market, why the hell would they stop pushing exclusive games ? The Original Xbox was the underdog and it had a butt load of exclusive titles. (though not as many as the Ps2 did)
@neiT720, MS actually DID make the same mistake with the original Xbox. They started with a buttload of exclusives, then they began phoning it in. People brought that up all the time when the 360 began stalling..."here we go again". They flat out have a bad track record with this. It's looking a bit more encouraging this time around though.
Guys lets stop giving away PS4's secret to success. MS and Xbox fans dont know how to do bidness. They have blinkers. The reason PS4 sells well is that even a small group of people who enjoy a certain style of game are included. Whilst busy trolling Until dawn - Someone out there is buying a PS4 just for it. it's called a holistic approach.
Yeap! unlike MS just keep Haloing & Gearing.
As someone who loved the PS3 for its free online and choice of games, appreciates the PS4 having GDDR5, thinks that Until Dawn looks fun and Uncharted 4 looks great, I still won't go along with the total devotion to PS4 at the expense of the Xbox One. No mention of Cuphead, Recore, Ori and the Blind Forest, Sea of thieves, Quantum Break or, indeed, the free game Project Spark which contains Conker's Big Reunion, Scalebound, all on or coming to Xbox One. So far PS4 is part PS3 version 1.5 and part PC in terms of graphical capabilities. Xbox One may be hampered by DDR3 in comparison to some extent and cloud destruction does not change that in most games in which just blowing up stuff in slow motion isn't the aim but art design goes a long way in games such as Ryse and Sunset Overdrive. That's 9 Xbox One new games I've mentioned without having to mention Halo, Gears, Forza, Crackdown. PS4 does not have quite as many new series, at least of an AAA scale. The Order 1886, Until Dawn, Everyone's gone to the rapture, Tearaway Unfolded (originally a Vita game), Dreams, that game where you explore planets, The Last Guardian, whatever Quantic Dream are working on.
New IP from Sony - Bloodborne , The Order 1886 , Knack , Driveclub , Until Dawn , Horizon Zero Dawn , The Last Guardian , Dreams , RIGS Resogun , Counterspy , Helldivers , Hohokum , Entwined , Everbody's Gone to the Rapture , The Tomorrow Children , Guns Up! , Kill Strain , Drawn to Death , Rime , Alienation , Wattam , WiLD , What Remains of Edith Finch Quantic Dream and Sony Bend are going new IP.
& how many of those are popular & sold good ? Quality not quantity
If "PS4 is PS3 version 1.5" then 'Xbox One is Xbox 360 minus 359'.
As someone who owns only a PS4 and PC i strongly disagree, it looks to me as if Xbox One is equally bringing quality exclusives. It's a good time to be a gamer whatever platform.
there is no problem with xbox one exclusives they are epic
I heard the last Halo game was awful. Wasn’t the online play rendered completely unplayable for the first few weeks? Granted, Gears was a good series, but isn’t it time for something a little different? At least Sony is more pioneering with their releases. I haven’t seen an original exclusive I wanted to play on Microsoft since Fable.
Some people do say Alan Wake's good. It should be after 5 years being made. Not as good as their original free roaming vision for it though. Quantum Break looks good (it should be after 4 years since Alan Wake: American Nightmare). And Sea of thieves could be fun. But I'd like to see a new Perfect Dark in an Uncharted style adventure.
So I decided to ignore your headline and actually read your article :) If you want to play titles like: The unfinished Swan No Man's Sky Rocket League ... Just get a PS4 along side your Xbox ONE. Why do you have to "Switch" consoles. You stated that you've spent more time watching others play PS4/PC than playing your Xbox. I think the best bet for you is to get a PS4. If you "switch" you'll regret getting rid of your Xbox. There are some unique titles available as well as unreleased ones coming to Xbox like: Ori & the blind Forest Cuphead Inside Below and all the other NEWIPs in 2016.
Thank you for your reading my article and for your suggestion of upcoming Xbox exclusives. I tried to write the article as a way of speaking for those who have an xbox but cannot afford to own both consoles, only one or the other. The majority of consumers choose console loyalty out of necessity but I appreciate that some people can afford to own both consoles and even a gaming PC in some cases.
very well said. It's not sports or politics, you're not locked into your console and can never experience the other side of the fence. If it's within your budget, grab them all and have fun.
I Love all these ps4 fans articles lol each one proves how worried they are !!!! If they were not worried there would be no article . All psychologist will tell you if it is not a threat you would not be commenting or bothered
This was written by a One owner.
Disagree is invalid. It was written by a One owner. RTFA.
They rarely stay Xbox exclusive
Glad the author took the time to point out it's an opinion piece and he's only talking about the games that interest him. That puts it into a better perspective. Especially for a gamer like me where some of Xbox's biggest games, I just don't care about. Halo, forza, gears, I don't care for them at all. Now where xbox has me jumping for joy and barely able to wait to play are titles like recore, ashen, scalebound, quantum break and so on.
Thank you for reading the article and picking up on my disclaimer, I am glad that it has helped clear things up.