Microsoft Compares Sony’s Exclusive Line-up With Theirs, Comments On Backwards Compatability & More

Exclusives for this year are a big difference between PS4 and Xbox One.

Posted By | On 17th, Jun. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

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In an in-depth interview by our friends at GamerTagRadio, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has shared his comments regarding Xbox One’s exclusive line-up for this year’s holiday season. It’s no secret that Microsoft had a great showing at E3 and although Sony’s press conference was nothing short of spectacular, Greenberg does state a very valid point in the interview. They have more exclusives coming this year compared to their competitor.

“Sony, in particular had a good show. They focused on fan favorite games and you know they have a different kind of line up than we do this year. They definitely have some games that I am looking forward to. They have Uncharted 4 which looked great. It’s exciting to see everyone kind of bringing their games and surprises. At the end of the day we do sort of have a scorecard that states how many games did we showed versus how many they showed. It was interesting because both showed off 25 games and 11 exclusive games. We showed 7 exclusives coming this Holiday and at least from our count we did not see any of their [exclusive] games confirmed for this year. I think that really is the big difference,” he stated to GamerTagRadio.

He believes that exclusives along with backwards compatability will bring over millions of Xbox 360 owners to the Xbox One this Holiday.

“We are focused on delivering big exclusives whether it’s Halo 5, Tomb Raider, Forza, Fable, Rare Replay, Gigantic…all of these games are coming exclusively this holiday so hopefully along with backwards compatibility we will be able to deliver for our fans and get that a lot of Xbox 360 owners to migrate who may be waiting for the new Gears or Halo. We are expecting millions of those gamers to move over this holiday.”

One of the games that was absent at Microsoft’s press conference was Phantom Dust. The game is currently going through a rough development period. Aaron confirmed that the game is not canceled but there is no active development on the game at the moment. “It has been a passion project for Phil and a lot of folks on the team and we are currently exploring what we are going to do in the long term. The project is not cancelled. We don’t have an active developer on it right now but it’s a project that like many things will take a little more time but at this point we are not giving any more updates on it.”

He also revealed how backwards compatability came along and explained some of its features such as screenshots and streaming to Windows 10 PC.

“This is something that with the architecture design we were not expected to do but we have some of the brightest software engineers in the world. They spent a lot of time working on trying to emulate this. So what it does is it runs an Xbox 360 in full emulation on the Xbox One. Games think they are actually on an Xbox 360 and that is brilliant for a lot of reasons. First, developers don’t have to do any work for their games to work and because if you remember with 360, we had to touch a lot of games for backwards compatability. The other thing is you will be able to chat with people on the Xbox 360 and it runs within Xbox One so you can do screenshots and all that. So think of other functionality…you can stream those games to the Windows 10 PC. ”

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think backwards compatability will be a game changer for Xbox One? Sound off in the comments section below.

And make sure you listen to the entire interview here for more details.

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  • Mats Leven

    almost all japanese games exclusied by PS4 , I don’t think microsoft
    will win this generation , it already lose

  • Jecht_Sin

    “along with backwards compatability will bring over millions of Xbox 360 owners to the Xbox One this Holiday”.

    Huh, yeah.. Like it happened with the Wii owners upgrading to the Wii U, right?

  • Valkyrine

    If said it before and I will say it again. “PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING” Both MS and Sony said the same things when consoles were released only Sony phrased it differently. This cause Sony to beat MS out of the starting point with a huge gain that doesn’t seem to be slowing. Yes Microsoft announced some exclusives but you seem to forget that Sony has already released exclusives this year, Bloodborne, The Order, MLB 15 etc.

    Backwards Compatibility is a nice call but I already own an Xbox and plays the games native as to emulator that may or may not run smooth.

    Sony announced what the gamers wanted. Last Guardian, FF7, Shenmue 3. Sure they are not released this year but Presentation is everything. Then they threw in Horizon from Guerilla (Killzone team) which was a gorgeous looking game. Uncharted easily was the best looking game compared to MS.

  • XanderZane41

    B/C will be huge and along with Halo 5, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Forza 6, Fable Legends, Smite and Tomb Raider, I can’t think of any reason not to get an XB1 this hoilday. There will be tons of 3rd party games like Batman, Assassin’s Creed, Elder Scroll Online, Fallout 4, Call of Duty BO3 and much, much more. I see the XB1 holiday sales beating last years sales by a large margin.

  • Truthhurts24

    Microsoft won E3 but they better make sure the devs agree to make all 360 games available or it will not end well for them.

  • AsianGamer

    he believes, huh…

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  • Roberto Astudillo

    The playstation is like the iphone. Very sad., just cause it sells millions doesn’t mean it’s a better device compared to others.. I remember a time when gamers were called geeks…the playstation changed that by introducing the casual gamer…the same gamers that dominate the mobile market. It’s sad…casual gamers, or the new generation of gamers destroyed all that was good about gaming…they destroyed sega…And in process nearly destroying nintendo. The same people that harp on about 1080p….fifa…call of duty etc…the mentality is sick, sony is doing only so well cause they reacted to Microsoft that made a bad choice. Sony had drm policies but changed at last minute…even the camera. If that son of a hitch Don mattrick never caused such a screw up I can tell you now sales would be a lot different. The company has no innovation, they thrive on others failures…

  • Christian Dixon

    This late in the game BC I don’t think will make a huge impact.

  • Manoj Varughese

    Don’t expect B/C to be relevant anymore. I just don’t think it will do the failing console any favor.

  • Rikarudo

    All of those games are sequels though, except Gigantic, so i dont see new xbox owners as much as upgraded xbox owners which is still a great number but, they need a new fanbase.
    so basically, sony has 11 known exclusives from this E3 coming next year and xbox has 4 known coming next year… so then sony wins 2016, xbox wins Q3 and Q4 2015?
    thats a weird way to put it…

  • Waynelittlewood

    Have to laugh at all the sniping between Sony and Microsoft owned consoles. You lot don’t know how lucky you are having two quality consoles and PC gaming that equals them. Haven’t owned a console since my Atari 800XL which I still have gathering dust. So imagine new games coming out for C64, Spectum and Amstrad and missing out your console more often than not. Recently I got back into gaming when I bought Skyrim because it was basically the 15 year old kid in me had wanted since I was, well 15. I thought my gaming days were over but seeing people around my own age like Dara O’Briian, Charlie Brooker, Graham Linehan still game I decided to get back into it. First I started on Steam and soon enjoyed the delights of Assassins Creed, LA Noire, GTA IV, Mass Effect and then I went and bought an Xbox One, now I’ll be able to play those games eventually (and not worry about setting it to the lowest specs to run)and others I’ve missed on my Xbox One so yeah, to me this is a great idea. Like I said, you lot don’t know how lucky you are.


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