Sea of Thieves shows how Microsoft can sail past PlayStation’s exclusive game lineup

It is no secret that Microsoft has struggled to deliver compelling exclusives to the Xbox One. Even Microsoft gaming executive Phil Spencer admits the company can do a better job. By contrast, PlayStation 4 exclusives like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy earned critical acclaim and sold well over 2 million combined digital copies in 2017.

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Cyborgg221d ago

This article is hilarious 😁

JaguarEvolved221d ago

early April 1st jokes started early. I understand and won't be fooled

thekhurg221d ago

Yet another paid hype program for a MS game. Constantly happens each year. It'll happen again at E3 where everyone will claim MS is going to dominate blah blah blah. Just internet fud.

GrubsterBeater220d ago


"It'll happen again at E3 where everyone will claim MS is going to dominate blah blah blah. "

Another thing that happens each year is when MS ends up having an awful E3 show after all the "just wait til the tides change at E3" and "XBox is gonna destroy Sony at E3", all the XBox fanboys (not normal fans) come out and say how bad Sony got destroyed by XBox at E3, all while showing "timed console exclusives" and all that other stuff they show.

It blows my mind, man....

Sono421220d ago

I mean, sea of thieves is good, no denying that, but since when did one game = 20?

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neutralgamer1992221d ago


it is because instead of demanding more from MS they are trying to settle for what is being offered(they don't know any better) the reason playstation has had long term success along with nintendo isn't due to MT but due to the fact both console makers have great 1st-2nd party studios

I have heard since 2013 how ms will improve and how they will invest more into their studios so far it has been all talk. Just like the months xbox one finishes dead last they release xblive user data and the few they win they will actually release sales data

this is the 3rd console from ms yet they havent learned a thing and keep making the same mistakes over and over

and than articles like these show up which are clearly paid by MS because no one in their right mind would think MT can replace actual exclusives. There is a reason sony has come out to say we will focus even more on 1st-2nd party games. Long term success comes from smart investments but instead xbox fans want timed exclusives(instead of spending millions on them why not invest that into opening new studios)

Godmars290221d ago (Edited 221d ago )

Thing is MS thinking is more aligned with profit-making than entertainment-making. They don't seem to know the difference between providing a service and offering product.

That their fans carry their banner, repeat and believe as gospel whatever PR is offered, just makes things worse.

Death221d ago


Why are games as a service bad again? Monster Hunter World took the same approach with pretty impressive results. The game will stay fresh with a steady stream of updates/DLC and by the looks of it, free. Not all games have to be single player narratives to be good.

The Wood220d ago (Edited 220d ago )

'Not all games have to be single player narratives to be good.'

Nobody is claiming that. The point is it's a major deficiency on ms's part. There is an audience that ms aren't catering to and it is obviously more important than some give it credit for.

Following on from what neutral said. . Xbox fans spend way too much time highlighting others deficiencies and defending or deflecting away from ms's own deficiencies. It's weird such a cash rich manufacturer can't get their act together in their 3rd season. Maybe they will never do more because every misstep they make is pacified and defended by a large amount of hard-core fans. . I mean. . that behaviour isn't exclusive to ms fans. . no way but right now, ms are the ones with the biggest issues to remedy.

Godmars290220d ago

"Why are games as a service bad again?"
Because it makes the industry in general more profit driven and less creative.

Just as there are too many examples of publisher abusing the market, what effect do you think required subscriptions would have?

As is I'm at a loss why you used MH as example of a service game.

quenomamen220d ago

Oooog yea well Sea of Theives got that Cloud powa Ocean! How you like dem apples !

trooper_220d ago (Edited 220d ago )

Death: No one said games as a service is bad. It just doesn't justify a $399-$500 price tag. I don't know why you guys are scared of getting new exclusives from Microsoft, let alone them putting money into first party studios. Forza, Halo, Sea of Thieves, or whatever nonsense they have coming out isn't going to cut it.

Where is the creativity? Where's the hunger to please gamers?

Godmars290220d ago (Edited 220d ago )

The issue is that MS comes off as wanting to get far more money out than put into gaming. That games as services is essentially giving them a blank check in addition to DLC, MTs and loot boxes.

If you really look at their game development history they've always had creative issues, looked for 3rd parties to provide that, while any idea of "pleasing gamers" breaks down to business mechanics on how to get more money out of consumers for the least amount of effort.

Know I can't point that out without being called a Sony fanboy, but the obviousness, the results, of MS's actions are still plain to see.

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Ceaser9857361220d ago (Edited 220d ago )

Thank you guys for the comment.. you guys saved me a click... The heading itself is hilarious..

OB1Biker220d ago (Edited 220d ago )

I read it because I thought the title was ironic and it was referring to PS4 games but yea, it's a joke.of a bias. . The interesting thing is a reflection on questioning the press motives and/or competence and unfortunately it's very common.

morganfell220d ago

"The interesting thing is a reflection on questioning the press motives and/or competence and unfortunately it's very common."

Then this article is full of irony.

Aceman18220d ago

This one game will not make their exclusive games lineup better than PlayStation' s all of a sudden 😒😩

trooper_220d ago

What the...

Okay, I died laughing when I saw the title.

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Jinger221d ago

I'm excited for Sea of Thieves, but lets not overhype this...

Plus, the writer really didn't go into any detail of how it will surpass all of those games besides saying that it was popular on streaming sites...

Septic221d ago

Yeah that isn't a good enough reason.

Sea of Thieves beta showed a lot of interest on streaming sites sure; but I question the long term engagement of it.

Ultimately, Sea of Thieves will be seen as a success if it can pass off as a well fleshed out title that can retain player attention.

There really isn't any other game like it. That alone is rare (hehe) these days so that's great. I'm glad Rare got a chance to be untethered from Kinect and have had creative freedom to create something this unique. I've had a lot of fun in the beta but let's see how the final game fares.

As for comparing it to PS exclusives; that's silly. There's no other game like it really and I can't think of an appropriate comparable.

Godmars290221d ago

"There really isn't any other game like it."

Guns of Icarus minus altitude changes, plus wave, plus being able to get off the ship?

If anything kills it its going the apparent high exceptions of the fans trying to support it. Though if its true that's its going to become part of a subscription service day one, that's going to both take something away from while making it more stable.

Septic221d ago

"Guns of Icarus"

Never heard of it. Already sounds like a stretch based on your own description.

Godmars290221d ago

How have you never heard of Guns of Icarus? Has literally been out for YEARS! Is the first thing that comes up on google if googled.

lodossrage221d ago

Godmars290 is right.

Not only is Guns of Icarus real and been out for a few years now, there is a PS4 version in the process of being made

UltraAtomic221d ago (Edited 221d ago )

I completely agree. This game is one of a kind. It has alot of hart. Obviously psn is still king on the first party. However if ms can deliver on games like sea of theives or just by taking risks like this. Eventually they could give there compilation an actual compilation on first party. I got the little pun lol this game is soo rare!! Lol

Thegamer41220d ago

Blackwake comes to mind as well. Very similar.

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letsa_go220d ago

It is so funny to see you in full on MS Defense mode! hahahahah

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Rude-ro221d ago

Streaming sites are controlled atmospheres. Sponsored players and such.
There is no proof of hype other than a lot of popular streamers all of a sudden streamed sea of thieves all at once. That is not popular, that is paying to put the product into high populated streams then using those numbers to create a false sense of hype or demand.
It fell like a ton of bricks on twitch.

gamingunited221d ago

Streaming sites are not a good judge of whether a beta game will be popular.

Microsoft hyped this game up for four years people were obviously curious. For example I watched some streams of the game yet I have no intention of buying it. And the fact that the first beta test was wildly popular but then the later tests were no where near as popular to me shows that the initial interest was more curiosity than anything.

Jinger221d ago

Well to be fair... I played the first Alpha tests and then didn't play it again until last weeks test because I didn't want to burn myself out on the game before I got the full thing. I doubt I'm alone in doing that.

But we will see how it goes in one week!

Rachel_Alucard220d ago (Edited 220d ago )

"see its in the top 20 (by hours viewed)!"

That part made me giggle of how far of stretch they'll take it

Aenea220d ago

*joke ahead*
That doesn't say anything, the game can be so boring to watch that people fall asleep after 20 minutes and wake up 8 hours later!
*end joke*

Raiden220d ago

NOPE, forget the hype crap, the article makes sense, how many games does Sony have that are multiplayer basically NONE, let's take a none Xbox/ps and look at the market, cross out and sky force are free to play can you complete the game no, not yet because the content is constantly be added, now here is the trick, free to play is not really free, because once you are hooked and you want to upgrade fast you pay, million of players fo this every day, now having a game that you and your friends just join play until you forget time exist and you keep on return that is revenue, with game pass it will be crazy, just think about it $/£10 per month play as many games you like, now multiply by 1mil that's instant 10mil multiply by 12 months 12mil and that just 1mil user base, now if 50% of user use this service MS is winning on revenue alone, but they need game that keep your attention and that they do have, if the next table will have a sea of thieves element bang jack pot, crackdown 3 expansion packs upgrade better weapons characters mods jack pot, then you add in DLC, if you sub to game pass it's free bang jack pot, how many entertainment companies offer sub to the public and most don't even look back once, sub are headache free. So the article may be fun to most but when it happens.

letsa_go220d ago

I thought someone removed your period key, but no...I see a few periods near the end. Huh!

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Neonridr221d ago

I mean it's a start, but MS would have a looooooong way to go for that tile to even be remotely true.

Sea of Thieves does look great, and should make for a fun experience, but one game does not do anything for a system. MS would need to string together several quality releases to be considered relevant again. Right now there is hope for the future, but they are currently paying the price for not doing a better job early on in the XB1 lifespan to nuture new game development like Sony/Nintendo has been able to do.

combatcash221d ago

I think MS has the right idea, fortnite and call of duty are some of the highest played games on Xbox and PlayStation. they SOT and State of Decay seem to have the same appeal. Good moves from MS this year.

Hungryalpaca221d ago

That’s 2 games dude. Both are on pc.

combatcash221d ago

HUNGRYALPACA the fact they are on pc is irrelevant. PUBG is also on PC and has sold millions on Xbox. Looks like they are investing in time and money in online games that you can play cooperatively with your buddies. Those type of games generally have staying power. It's only two games but it's a good start to the year, they have the potential to dominate like fortnite and PUBG has. Don't know if they will but they look pretty damn good.

MAiKU220d ago

OK, but try playing actual exclusives like last of us or horizon zero dawn on PC.

combatcash220d ago

@Maiku whether you play their games on PC or Xbox is irrelevant, MS still makes money. It's more important for Sony to keep their games off pc, but I highly doubt that PS owners would be running to play any PS only games on pc. Even third party games sell the most on consoles. As console gamers we generally prefer to play on Consoles, even if it's available on pc, I think sales show that fact.

kayoss220d ago

"the fact they are on pc is irrelevant."
Actually it is relevant. Why? If MS want to catch up to PlayStation, they will need games that sell consoles. By having games released on PC as well, they will miss out on a potential sold Xbox. How is MS expecting to catch up if you're not increasing your install base? hate to say it, but PUBG sold a lot on Xbox because honestly, there's no other true exclusives to play on Xbox.

Dragonscale220d ago

@combat, xbone lineup this year is pathetic as usual. Get real lol.

letsa_go220d ago (Edited 220d ago )

So you don't care about getting quality exclusive games for the xbox, you only care about MS making money? hahahaha Typical

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Xenophon_York221d ago

XBOX One X is the equivalent of a Dodge Viper put on a planet with only a three or four two-lane roads.

I'd much rather have a 370Z with a few dozen wide-open eight-lane highways. 🏎️,,,,,,,,,,,. ,. ,. ,. ,. ,. ,

Septic221d ago

Haha whilst I disagree with your argument, I like your choice of cars

InTheZoneAC220d ago

Please don't ever compare my favorite car that is designed for real drivers to such a pos company that is designed to reel in sheep.

Xenophon_York220d ago


My apologies for paralleling the Dodge Viper with the Fudge Wiper 💩, XBOX One X. I had to pick something that is extremely powerful and American, and the Dodge Viper was at the top of my list—though, I would had picked the Ford GT if it weren't my favorite supercar.

In any case, I got a good laugh reading your reply. The Viper is certainly a serious machine made for serious drivers. I'm just glad we have enough roads to enjoy it.

jhoward585221d ago (Edited 221d ago )

SOT looks fantastic but I wasn't surprised when I first saw it on youtube. Apparently, MS lacks the wow factor.

Eonjay221d ago

"Carter Rogers is the senior analyst on the Insights team at SuperData Research, and he specializes in interactive media segments including mobile games and virtual reality."

Everyone false alarm... its just an analyst lol

Vasto221d ago

7 more days before we set sail!

Already subbed to GamePass so just waiting on the final client to become available to download.

There is no greater power than X.

Rimeskeem221d ago

My PC..... which can also play SoT sooooo

Vasto221d ago (Edited 221d ago )


More money for Microsoft!

Tedakin221d ago

MS thanks you for your money and support.

cyphertech220d ago (Edited 220d ago )

Agreed and also re: below

@Vasto, who cares? The point isn't whether or not MS makes money, it's about whether you need to own an Xbox one. If I can play everything good on Xbox one on PC, why wouldn't I just game on PC? I own a gaming PC, PS4, and a Switch. When I got my gaming PC I intended on just having a PC/Switch setup but there are way too many exclusives on PS4 for me to abandon it altogether. That's the value of exclusives. Actual exclusives.

letsa_go220d ago

More money for microsoft, but everyone is buying with the game pass, so they are getting $10 max per game, instead of $20-30 at retail. So really, sounds like less money for microsoft, and for rare. They get bargain bin returns on a brand new title.

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chiefJohn117221d ago

I'm subbing next week, playing this baby on the beast.

Vasto221d ago

Its looks better on my X than it does on my PC maxed.

4K just looks so much better.

Hungryalpaca221d ago


Then play it in 4k on your pc?...

chiefJohn117221d ago (Edited 221d ago )

I have a laptop/tablet hybrid but it's not even close to the power of the X. Nor does it have a 4k screen (even if it did it'd be too small to even be a massive improvement compared to my 4k hdr 60". It's fun to use for on the go gaming. Play anywhere one of the reasons I switched to digital. Hardcore gaming is done on the X

Vasto221d ago


Too expensive.

Xbox One X is the best solution for 4 right now.

xX-oldboy-Xx221d ago

Vasto - so you don't have a very good PC? I can see why you would be excited to play x.

xX-oldboy-Xx221d ago

cheifJohn - Just buy the game if you have so much confidence it. Wouldn't that show your love and appreciation better.

I suppose you are adding to the numbers, 1 mill cannonballs shot this week and so forth.

chiefJohn117221d ago

@oldboy never said I wasn't going to buy. Subbing to gamepass gives you a discount. The money you save off the game pays for game pass alone. Not subbing would be stupid of me.

paintedgamer1984221d ago (Edited 221d ago )

Who is paying 59.99 for a new game when you can pay 10-20$ a month to rent 1-2 games as much as you want from gamefly to play any game or just walk up to redbox and rent a game a few days at 2.99... the difference is with gamefly i can play ALL games and not just mainly ms 1st partys. Gamefly will always trump gamepass unless 3rd partys just magically start selling their businesses to ms..

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Hungryalpaca221d ago (Edited 221d ago )

Uh my pc is stronger than the x. In fact my 5 year old laptop is also stronger than the x...

chiefJohn117221d ago (Edited 221d ago )

You blowing money like a rapper lol. Wish I had that kind of dough to spend on a electronic only to spend even more on a newer version. What was it combined $4000-5000? That laptop had to be $2000 minimum. Sadly I have rent and a car note.

tontontam0220d ago

"You blowing money like a rapper lol. Wish I had that kind of dough to spend on a electronic only to spend even more on a newer version. What was it combined $4000-5000? That laptop had to be $2000 minimum. Sadly I have rent and a car note. "

LOL hypocrite xbox fanboy brags about the power of his more expensive xbox one x bashes pc gamers who does the same.

Hungryalpaca220d ago


Nope. It’s called being smart with money.

Using steam sales, GMG, GOG are all cheaper at launch/before launch.

Let’s say you buy 12 games a year at full price.

Canadian prices here.

Xbox - 79.99 plus 13% sales tax = $90 per game.

That’s $1080.

GMG - $59 (the %25 off discount most games have at launch) plus NO sales tax.

That’s $708. Already I’m saving $372 a year JUST on the same games. Now add in your yearly cost of LIVE. That’s over $400 per year.

Not to mention the money you can get back on steam by selling unwanted items.

The laptop was $1400 plus I got a tax deduction on it. They’re a lot cheaper if you have someone build them.

It ends up being the same or cheaper to game on pc if you’re smart about it.

And someone who clearly needs the money, you should stop jumping to the next console when it’s out. THAT is wasting money.

Not to mention unlimited backwards compatibility. Something you Xbox players keep bragging about.

I was just playing the ORIGINAL unreal tournament. In 2018.

Don’t forget the added performance bonuses of such a machine. My current PC runs AC origins in 1440p at a locked 80fps.

And I’m still spending less than you.

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SegaGamer221d ago

"There is no greater power than X"

It's amazing how easily people set themselves up to be called out on for their comments.

A mid range PC is equal to more powerful than an Xbox One X, a high end PC absolutely destroys it.

letsa_go220d ago

You can tell the weak minded ones easily because they spit out marketing taglines every opportunity that they get. "Micwosoft told me to say that! Beast!!"