PS4 Has At Least One “Major” Exclusive Each Year Going Forward Which Are Potentially System Sellers

Sony’s long term planning is phenomenal.

Posted By | On 27th, Feb. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

The PlayStation 4 is on a roll for the last few months. The console has seen a number of high profile exclusives such as Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn and Yakuza 0All of them have been critically acclaimed and will most likely achieve their sales target as well. However, if one looks closely at Sony’s line-up since 2015 there is an interesting pattern to be found.

An interesting notion about Sony’s exclusive game lineup comes to light if one spends just a little time observing it- every year, Sony seems to have at least one major exclusive title to greatly push PS4 sales. In 2015, it was From Software’s excellent Bloodborne; last year, it was the brilliant Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End from Naughty Dog. This year, we’ve already got Guerrilla Games’ magnum opus with Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo Sport is also allegedly still due for this year end which will push the console’s sales even further.

Going forward, we see 2018 possibly having God of War, with The Last of Us Part 2 and Death Stranding for beyond- this represents some phenomenal planning on Sony’s end. It seems to demonstrate that each year, Sony has at least one major title which is most likely going to be critically acclaimed along with mass commercial appeal to add to the PS4’s library. Moreover, these games are all varied, across different genres, and have the possibility of attracting new kinds of users into the PS4’s fold. In short, these games are potentially system sellers…these games are the reason why anyone would pick up a new PlayStation 4.

This isn’t even considering the smaller tier exclusives that Sony has- games like inFamous, Ratchet and Clank, Until Dawn, Nioh, Detroit: Become Human– just the massive blockbuster titles. We are sure that Sony will receive many more exclusives in the future but if we talk about really high profile ones, Sony has it covered with the PlayStation 4.

What further amazes us is that the PlayStation 4 is getting the best of both worlds. Whether it be Japanese games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Shenmue 3 or be it western developed games like Days Gone and Detroit Become Human, the PlayStation 4’s library is getting stronger and stronger each year.

Somewhat related, this is a situation that needs to be remedied by Microsoft, and fast. Maybe with the Scorpio, Microsoft can find itself back in a position of strength, and be more willing to take risks and chances, but as it stands right now, this is another example of Sony’s fantastic long term planning for positioning the PS4 as a system that a player of any kind can ultimately enjoy.

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  • kee1haul

    So says Sony. Nioh, Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush 2 are all mediocre sales flops.

    • PorHawj2016

      yeah Nioh is great game for fans but sale is pretty bad : shocking

    • Jeremy Freeman

      Doesn’t matter if it sales, matters what people like. Not everyone wants to turn Japanese. ;o)

    • PorHawj2016

      well Devs care about sales on their games. if game sell poor then Devs are not happy about poor sale

    • J.j. Barrington

      And what constitutes poor sales? How many copies does Nioh need to sell to be good enough for the devs?

      I guarantee you that every one of these “niche” titles with “poor” sales has met or exceeded expectations.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Flops? How do those games come off as flops?

    • Ryo Shenmue

      Complete BS. Yakuza 0, a PHENOMENAL game, much better than Horizon by the way, has sold better than previous chapters in Europe/NA and NiOh is sold out basically everywhere(besides the fact that it’s gotten incredible reviews); the game has already sold over a million copies, which is astonishing for a game like that. Don’t spread lies and bullshit.

    • kee1haul

      yer ma

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      The only “flops” have been the distressingly poor sales of xbox “exclusives”. Film at 11.

    • Mr Xrat

      Nioh did a million in two weeks, Mark. Compare with 700,000 in a month for killer AAA blockbuster Dead Rising 4.

    • Mark

      Lol. That isn’t me Xrat ahaha. If I go in, I’m bringing heads in a sack back wit me ahaha. Nah just joking, but that isn’t me

  • PorHawj2016

    Yakuza 0 is pretty good game but i hate one thing about it is no english voice and have to read long english subtitle while they talking

  • PorHawj2016

    Days Gone or Spiderman should come out this year. i don’t care about GT Sports because racing game is boring

  • quantum

    Another lame, poorly researched and pointless article by GB. Where’s the love for Tales of Berseria? I’m 60 hours in and it’s awesome. No mention of Nier:Automata (i’ve ordered the T-shirt special edition) which got a rave review from Famitsu.
    If these games are ‘system sellers’ why is hardly anyone buying them? Only UC4 and Bloodborne on your ‘phenomenal list’ have noteworthy sales.

    • Jeremy Freeman

      Yeah one game a year doesn’t cut it, even 2. Plus more people want 3rd party titles anyway.

    • J.j. Barrington

      “If these games are ‘system sellers’ why is hardly anyone buying them?”

      It’s called “variety,” genius. The more you have to choose from, the less likely it is that ALL those things will see huge sales. That, however, doesn’t prevent those titles from having respectable numbers.

      Neither Tales nor Nier will do Uncharted numbers, but so what? I’d have gotten a PS4 for titles like those even if Uncharted didn’t exist. And that’s the whole point.

      When you start having a lot of games to choose from, you stop having individual system sellers, and the library as a whole becomes that system seller.

  • David

    Couldn’t you extend this back further with The Last Of Us, Uncharted 3, God of War 3, Uncharted 2 and Metal Gear Solid IV? 2012 was the only year they lacked a must have system seller game.

    • Kyle Key

      Even then, Journey was exceptional in 2012. Playstation consoles have had at least one platform exclusive score a consensus 90 or higher every single year since 1996. For reference, Xbox platforms haven’t had a true exclusive score a consensus 90 or higher since Forza 4 in October 2011.

      1996: Tekken 2
      1997: Parappa the Rapper, Colony Wars
      1998: Tekken 3, Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot 3
      1999: Gran Turismo 2, Ape Escape, Syphon Filter, Wipeout 3
      2000: SSX, Chrono Cross, Vagrant Story, Spyro: Year of the Dragon
      2001: Gran Turismo 3, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, ICO, Twisted Metal Black, Klonoa 2, Final Fantasy X
      2002: Virtua Fighter 4
      2003: Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
      2004: Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
      2005: Shadow of the Colossus, God of War
      2006: Final Fantasy 12
      2007: God of War 2
      2008: LittleBigPlanet, Persona 4, and Metal Gear Solid 4
      2009: Uncharted 2, God of War Collection, Killzone 2 and MLB 09
      2010: God of War 3 and MLB 10
      2011: Uncharted 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, and MLB 11
      2012: Journey
      2013: The Last of Us, flower
      2014: The Last of Us Remastered
      2015: Bloodborne, Journey remaster
      2016: Uncharted 4

  • J.j. Barrington

    What? A Pramath article without taking unnecessary shots at Sony? Must be a holiday.

  • 0 to 100. Real Quick.

  • I believe TLOU2 will be the last game on the platform before PS5 is revealed, just like last gen for PS3.

    • J.j. Barrington

      So one instance a trend makes?

  • MiamiBeachMedMan

    Let’s not forget games like Spider-Man, Days Gone, Ni No Kuni II, Sucker Punch’s unannounced title, Uncharted:The Lost Legacy, Persona 5, Wild, What Remains of Edith Finch, Hellblade, Nex Machina, Nier:Automata……

    • Jeremy Freeman

      Some of those are not MAJOR, also there are no release dates for the majority of those.

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      The author listed some smaller titles as well, or did you not read the article?

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      not ‘MAJOR’ in YOUR opinion llool! remember that.

  • The Little One

    This is why the PS4 is my console of choice. Exclusives. I’ve got a nice PC for multi platform titles. But when it comes to consoles, Sony has consistently proven that their systems are worth owning regardless of whatever else you may be playing

  • Mr Xrat

    It sure does. Meanwhile Lying Phil has a few IOUs he still has to cash.

    • Mark


  • Jay Hy

    Yeaaaa buddy i ben ridn wit Sony since 95 bby All Hail Sonyyy

  • Nier: Automata
    Persona 5
    ni no kuni 2

    • Jeremy Freeman

      Those are not MAJOR games.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Major enough.

  • Jeremy Freeman

    Yeah and these suckers buy it (300$) for one game. Like me last year for UC4 lol. Then I sold it haven’t own one since, maybe when God Of War releases. See how they sucker ya into things. The thing I like most about XB1 at least there are a LOT of things to play, while you wait. Like 360 games. And it supports external storage, which Sony said is coming soon, if you consider this SUMMER soon. uggh. They get on my nerves.

    • Cypher-Unknown

      They haven’t suckered you into anything. You made a decision which you obviously didn’t fully consider and it didn’t work out for you. That’s no one’s fault but your own.

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      aahhahahahah lloool… you idiot what are you even talking about… the PS4 has MORE games and better 3rd party support than the Xbox… and more exclusives.. WAY more exclusives that release throughout the year than this article is implying.. you clearly dont know anything about Playstation if you dont know the update coming out soon supports external storage as well… soooo…. yeah.. keep trying though im sure you’ll get a good pat on the back from your xbox buddies :-).

    • J.j. Barrington

      Well, that’s cuz you’re an idiot.

    • Larry Wright

      You’re so pathetic at your attempts to downplay Sony and their games. Please go look in the mirror and ask yourself “what is wrong with me?” You’re coming off so childish dude. Give props where it’s due, no matter which console it is or you play. If you don’t like Sony or their games that’s fine, but doing what you’re doing up and down this comment section is so embarrassing. Put your pride down for a moment and pick up a controller. You’ll thank me later. Have a good day and happy gaming!

    • Tomaterrrx

      Who gives a s*** dude. Just play on what you you like no point in downplaying other companies.

  • Ucouldntbemorewrong

    I have been gaming for an incredibly long time. And this “run” of games since The Last Guardian has been ridiculous. What a time to be a gamer.


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