I Don’t Think Xbox One’s Announced Exclusives Lineup Looks As Appealing As PS4’s, Says Michael Pachter

“Sony has a more varied lineup.”

Posted By | On 12th, Jul. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


There is little doubt that the Xbox One X is going to be a very powerful console- but a system is as good as its games only, and while the Xbox One is getting a lot of third party games, many of which might even utilize its extra power to some degree, there are no exclusive showcases for the system that might compel a fence sitter to spend money on it. In fact, next to the exclusive lineup of PS4, Nintendo Switch, or even other Xbox systems, the Xbox One’s upcoming lineup of exclusives is paltry– Forza 7, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, and not much else.

Could this lack of meaningful exclusives hurt the Xbox One X’s prospects on the market? In a chat with Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, we decided to ask him that question. ‘State of Decay is another zombie game, like Days Gone, but I think the difference is that game looks like it will have some humor to it- it might do well, that looks okay. I think Forza is a great racing game, but so is Gran Turismo, so it’s not a real differentiator. I have never heard anyone say, “Oh, I bought a console because of its racing game.” You just expect a high quality racing game to go with your console. Sea of Thieves I think looks stupid… so I don’t think the announced lineup looks as appealing as PlayStation,” Pachter mused.

“That said, I think exclusives only make a difference to about a fifth of the market, 20%. Sony is outselling Microsoft literally two to one, mostly because they screwed up so badly with PS3, but done such a great job with PS1 and PS2, they’re winning back that audience. So guys outside the US- they are not outselling Xbox 2:1 in the US, it’s probably closer to 11:10- but guys outside the US, they were PlayStation and PS2 owners, and they’re coming back home to PS4 this time. So I think that‘s the biggest differentiators, these guys were PlayStation households. Sony just has a huge advantage everywhere in the world. ”

Nonetheless, he went on to argue that PlayStation’s lineup of exclusives is far more diverse than the lineup of exclusives on the Xbox One. “The other thing you need to remember is, most of Microsoft’s games are shooter games- which are hardcore, they tend to appeal to only one segment of the market. Sony has a more varied lineup, it might be as hardcore, but it’s not shooter centric. They appeal to RPG fans, JRPG fans, and so on.”

I do agree with the larger sentiment- exclusives appeal to a significant segment of the market, but not the majority. Nonetheless, for the segment of the market they do appeal to, it’s clear that Xbox’s lineup is not as appealing as its competition’s is.

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  • Paul Garrison

    In before xbox mega fans claim something different. Thanks Zard!

  • C. Hoffer

    Well said.
    I was a long time 360 fan (still am actually) but I’m enjoying my Ps4 & Pro much more than I ever did my 360. So much variation in games. Still have things like CoD, but Uncharted, Last of Us, Horizon, …freaking amazing.
    Then factor in the better graphics/performance over the One and suddenly you understand why PS4/Pro has sold double of M$.
    Backwards compatibility….now that has me impressed with the One X. Keep in mind they did it with the 360 and it was dropped, and the One/S and it was pretty good, but with the X…it looks fantastic.
    3rd time is the charm. 🙂

  • OldSocialist

    I don’t give a darn about console wars (I play on all the formats I can, my main community is Xbox, yet my game of the year is HZD and I spend more time playing legacy MMOs on PC than anything else) but Pachter’s self publicising and playing to the Sony gallery is starting to get on my bits. He’s set himself up as an all purpose guru on everything with minimum qualification, and the gullible seem to hang on his every word.

    • Doggystyle ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      What you said…

      “I don’t give a darn about console wars (I play on all the formats I can,
      my main community is Xbox, yet my game of the year is HZD and I spend
      more time playing legacy MMOs on PC than anything else) but Pachter’s
      self publicising and playing to the Sony gallery is starting to get on
      my bits. He’s set himself up as an all purpose guru on everything with
      minimum qualification, and the gullible seem to hang on his every word.”

      What you looked like when you said it…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d1b8636740187906a443eaa13cb55d58c3454b6052e02e2a06fe54def59f847.jpg

    • Wei Feng

      Looks like the Xbox fans coming from a Kinect based gimped GPU and now finding out Project Scorpio’s “uncompromised 4k” is just a Dynamic resolution checkerboarding true 24fps cinematic mode softie.

    • Jose Arcadio Morales

      You must be very angry at your fagstation 4 potato edition.

  • Doggystyle ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Pachter is keeping it 100.

  • berj79

    all these comments from a loser Mr Pachter who said console gaming is dead in 2012 cause of mobile gaming, who will listen to this joker..

    • Holeybartender

      Pachter is a band wagoner who makes “predictions” (wether obvious or not) off of whatever the consensus is at the time. He has no real insight in the gaming world and just reacts to whoever said what.

    • Wei Feng

      2012 is when Microsoft tried to kill consoles with a media box designed for making watching TV and Kinect arm waving at sh4t the main priority.

    • berj79

      well cause of M$ mistake ps4 sold like crazy so where was Mr joker right by saying consoles will be dead in 2012? you still not getting the point are you?

    • Wei Feng

      Nope, not at all.

  • Mr Xrat

    You and everyone else, Mr Pachter.

    For all of his guessing and bad takes, there are universal truths even the biggest Xgimp struggles to damage control.

    • Poseidon team

      You and your 10-16 fake accounts are back. What a big loser… as always pathetic. And upvoting other trolls like you. Loser for life.

    • Milie

      You’re obviously a fan of Pachter…


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