The First Party Dilemma: Is PlayStation Still Winning, Or Did Xbox Pull Ahead?

Has Microsoft bridged Sony’s first party advantage?

Posted By | On 22nd, Aug. 2015 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


It is often said that in the modern gaming climate, first party software does not count for much. This is patently a lie- first party software has a very important place in the gaming industry even today, whether from a development standpoint, or from a market dynamics one. From a development standpoint, first party software is viewed as a vote of confidence by the platform holder in their own system- if Sony won’t support the Vita themselves, Microsoft the Kinect, or Nintendo the Wii U, why should third parties then bother? And indeed, all three of these systems saw a mass exodus of third party support, precisely because of this lack of first party investment.

That’s not all, either- in the modern era, with game development becoming increasingly homogenized, so all games can target and release on multiple consoles, exclusives are necessary to differentiate your system from all others. In the past, exclusives were a natural outcome of game development and how it worked, with each game’s pipeline being proprietary and moulded to the system it was being made for, but the present tendency towards platform agnostic middleware and multiplatform releases has ensured that exclusive software largely does not come from third parties anymore- not unless they are paid, and even then, the software may never be fully exclusive (Street Fighter V, Titanfall), or it may not be exclusive for long (Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3).

The bulk of exclusives, in this scenario, must come from the platform holders themselves- first party software, so to speak. First party software is exceedingly important- just ask Nintendo, who sell millions of units of their own systems on nothing but the promise of their own games. Just ask Sony, who managed to pull back from the disastrous PS3 launch by doubling down on in house first party games, after major third party exclusives also jumped ship to Xbox 360. Just ask Microsoft, who have now realized the importance of a diverse first party portfolio, and will be investing more in first party IP and games going forward.

PS4 Xbox one

"With game consoles and their software becoming increasingly homogenized, first party exclusives are becoming more important than ever before."

This importance of first party software is exactly why Sony and Microsoft’s strategies with regards to it this generation are so fascinating. Last generation, Microsoft sold the Xbox 360 by securing timed or full exclusive deals for third party multiplatform games or additional content, as well achieving brand synonymity with some of the biggest third party games, such as Call of Duty. Sony, meanwhile, fighting from a position of weakness, retaliated by creating actual exclusives by investing in first party studios and second party partnerships- games such as Uncharted, Resistance, inFamous, Ratchet and Clank, Gran Turismo, LittleBigPlanet, Heavy Rain, and others all came from that commitment.

This generation, however, we are beginning to see, at least at first glance, a reversal. As mentioned above, Microsoft is doubling down on first party games, and we are already seeing the benefits of that. Microsoft finally seems to have broken the Xbox One out of the traditional Halo/Gears/Forza cycle, and it appears as though it will be bringing a whole host of varied first party exclusives on the system. Just in this calendar year, we have had games such as Re:Core (a new third person action adventure game from the makers of Mega Man and Metroid Prime), Quantum Break (the newest game by acclaimed studio Remedy), Scalebound (a new action RPG from Platinum Games), Sea of Thieves (a new game from Rare, and the first non Kinect/non Avatars project from them in a while), Crackdown 3 (the return of Microsoft’s open world action adventure franchise, and one that looks as though it will finally realize the potential of the series), in addition to old franchise stalwarts such as Forza Motorsport 6, Killer Instinct, Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War 4, Fable Legends, and Halo Wars 2.

It’s an extremely varied lineup, running a gamut of new and old franchises, from studios western and Japanese, and Microsoft has promised that there will be more to come from their first party developers- that controversial Tomb Raider deal from Microsoft may be the last of its kind for a while now.

Hopefully, the Rise of the Tomb Raider deal was the last of its kind we will see for a while, and Microsoft will invest more in first party exclusives going forwards instead.

"Hopefully, the Rise of the Tomb Raider deal was the last of its kind we will see for a while, and Microsoft will invest more in first party exclusives going forwards instead."

On the other hand, Sony have, by their own admission, been focusing more on third party games rather than first party software. So far this generation, they have tried to secure games that are timed exclusive to PS4, games that are ‘console exclusive’ to PS4, and exclusive content for multiplatform games for PS4 versions, such as in Destiny- if this all sounds familiar to you, it’s because this is very uncomfortably reminiscent of Microsoft’s strategy with the Xbox 360, a strategy that ultimately saw exclusives for the Xbox 360 dry up in the later years of that console’s lifespan. The threat of Sony derailing from its vision has been discussed on GamingBolt before, but that’s a larger issue, not just confined to first party software. The question here is, as far as first party software goes, is there any substance to these rumors, or is this just smoke without a fire?

For starters, we can look at Sony’s performance with the PlayStation 4 so far, almost two years into the system’s life- they have thus far released nine retail games for the platform. These are Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous: Second Son, MLB: The Show, The Last of Us Remastered, DriveClub, LittleBigPlanet 3, The Order 1886, Bloodborne, and a few remasters. Apart from Bloodborne, it’s a pretty average slate, but let’s be honest here- it’s not really any better or worse than Microsoft’s showing on the Xbox One so far. In fact, if one were to remove games from external partners on Xbox One, that ultimately came to the PC, such as Ryse or Dead Rising 3, one might even argue that Sony’s performance so far is better.

Going ahead, Sony has Horizon, The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Ratchet and Clank and Dreams. It’s a nice mix of of old franchises and new, representing a diverse variety of games, though in terms of sheer numbers, it’s a lower number than Microsoft’s announced slate so far.

Bloodborne is really the lone shining spot in Sony's otherwise dismal first party output for the PS4 so far.

"Bloodborne is really the lone shining spot in Sony’s otherwise dismal first party output for the PS4 so far."

One might be tempted to jump the gun here- this right here is proof that Sony is investing less in first party games going forward than Microsoft, right? Whereas my natural inclination here might be to agree, in the interests of fairness, it is very important to remember one thing- Sony as a major first party is far bigger than Microsoft or even Nintendo. It has far more major studios than Microsoft does, and a lot of them simply have not made any announcements yet. For instance, Sony Santa Monica is definitely working on a new game, and yet it has not been officially announced, so we’re not counting it in the tallies. Similarly, we know a new Gravity Rush game has been announced, and because we also know that Sony is not supporting the Vita with any more AAA software, we know by the process of elimination that it is coming to PS4- but again, a lack of an actual official announcement here means that we can’t go ahead and count it.

Other studios, such as Sony Bend, Sucker Punch, and Guerrilla Cambridge are working on something- we know this because of the job listings for both studios that we have managed to peak at. We also know that Sony’s second party developers, such as Quantic Dream, are hard at work on something for the PS4.

On the whole, then, what I am trying to say is that allegations of Sony de-emphasizing its first party may be a little pre-mature. While it is hard to deny that Sony’s performance thus far has been lacking, and it is equally hard to deny that Sony, by their own admission, have been working more towards third party exclusives (timed or otherwise) right now than anything else, it is also still very early in this console cycle- remember, the PS3 and Xbox 360 lasted for ten years each. And also remember, the PS3’s own first party showing for its first two years was not particularly impressive (though it was still better than the PS4’s dismal performance, admittedly).

Studios such as Sony Bend are still working on unannounced projects, meaning there is more to come from Sony's first party than we know of.

"Studios such as Sony Bend are still working on unannounced projects, meaning there is more to come from Sony’s first party than we know of."

We still do not have all the pieces in place, as far as Sony’s first party goes- there are so many major studios and games that are known about, but unannounced. Major studios, and games from critically acclaimed franchises, that will all but assure some quality exclusives for the PS4 going forward.

Is the Xbox One winning the first party game war? No, but it is not losing it any more either. If there is one thing that this editorial should make abundantly clear, it is that Microsoft has grown serious about its own first party investment- we already have a great start, with all the games announced this year, and hopefully, this continues going forward as well, and more new exclusives are announced for the platform.

Is the PS4 winning, then? Also not, but allegations of it losing the war are also unfounded- it has simply too much in the works for anyone to be able to claim that Microsoft’s first party offerings are objectively more or better, with a straight face.

What is happening, then, is that both companies are working hard to differentiate their consoles from each other, by securing more and more first party content that will be high quality, and remain exclusive to their system, in an effort to attract more buyers. In this scenario, the only entity that can truly be said to be winning the first party games war is us, the consumers- we get more excellent games out of it, in addition to all the third party games we would already have gotten anyway (games which hopefully won’t be arbitrarily locked to one platform any more, going forward).

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, GamingBolt as an organization.


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    Who cares. Anything worthwhile is coming to PC

    If you want a 1st party console. Buy a Wii U

  • andy

    Yeah that one major exclusive Xbone game of 2014 Sunset Overdrive and pretty much the only exclusive game since then (that is fully exclusive and isn’t a remaster either), has definitely made Xbone “pull ahead” of PS4.

    Or no, just no, lol.

    • XbotMK1

      I find it odd that many of these websites ignore the fact that Ryse, Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, and many other so called “Xbox exclusives” are on the PC. Many of them still act like these games are first party exclusives. Remember all the articles at launch saying that the Xbox One has more and better exclusives than the PS4? Now they’re happy that Phil Spencer says they’re focusing on first party exclusives.

      These websites are a joke. Every day they make articles wondering why the Xbox One hasn’t been selling as well, but they indirectly explain why in their articles. These websites do nothing but sck up to Microsoft and contradict themselves.

    • chaz

      It is pretty clear you didn’t actually read the article.

    • freekface

      XbotMK1 is an obsessive Sony fanboy who literally searches for Xbox news to post his FUD nonsense, he hates any good news about Xbox.

      I think MS must have turned him down for the bin emptying job he applied for.

    • andy

      Tell me about it. And yet websites like Gamingbone will run another 20 articles hyping up Halo 5 before it gets here. You know, that game by the team that have done NOTHING reputable with this franchise that it deserves or ANY game for that matter.

    • *Also On PC

      They could do more articles about Uncharted 4 but it always seems to be about how it keeps getting downgraded. Or the talent left Naughty Dog years ago and Druckman is a hack with Sony’s PR the only thing hyping him

      Or the fact that Sony backpedalled so hard from 60FPS that everyone’s gone to the rapture runs at a smooth, crisp and cinematic 20FPS :^)

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    • XbotMK1

      Many of these website are Microsoft c0cksuckers. BGR, Digital Trends, Crave Online, Gotta Be Mobile, Gamepur, Gamingbolt, and many others give Microsoft a pass on everything. Microsoft has a ton of fanboys and has ruled most of social media ever since the Xbox 360 days when social media became big.

      Remember all the hatred that people gave the PS3? Remember the double standards, lies, and hypicrisies that were applied to the PS3?

      These websites gave Microsoft a pass for locking everything behind the Xbox Live paywall. If Sony did that this day and age, they would get torn apart.

      Remember when websites bashed Sony for the Driveclub PS+ Edition upgrade being tied to PlayStation Plus? These same websites gave Microsoft a pass for Titanfall being tied to Xbox Live.

      Everything Microsoft has done is a response to their poor sales, no thanks to these websites who bought Xbox Ones and promoted it since launch.

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    • doplerradar

      Not much different from you then considering you contradict yourself all the time or just make things up. Bottom line just take a chill pill. Gaming is for fun when you are less cinical and more positive. If you have no interest in Xbox, don’t waste your time trollling. Also don’t complain about trolling when that is exactly what you do. It is hypocritical.

    • red2k

      Forza Horizon 2 was the best.

    • andy

      And you don’t need an Xbone to play it. Case and point.

    • doplerradar

      Xbox One is the best version. The 360 version doesn’t have as good graphics and is missing content such as rain, drivatars, a few races are different, and less cars.

    • *Also On PC

      Anything worthwhile on PC and all you pay for is a bunch of garbage remasters.

      PC Gaming wins the generation. LOL

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  • Hvd

    .the ps4 still has no good games for me to buy it for..drive club flopped the order 1886 im not even going to go there,last of us dont care about.bloodbourn worse then dark souls.and i can think of any other ps4 exclusives.imo ps4 is bad on exclusives this time around.it mite be a more powerful system then the xbox one but its exclusives are crap.ill stick to my x1 and pc.

  • YuriFan

    I would hold these articles back until the end of the year for when Xbox has some more titles to add to its catalogue.
    The only purpose this article is serving now is Click baits.

    • MrSec84 .

      Yep, PS4 will have 13 1st party exclusives coming by the end of 2016, Microsoft only has 5, to top that off Sony also has a bunch of other 2nd/3rd party exclusives and Indie exclusives.

      In reality Sony basically has over 2X the number of exclusives that Microsoft does this generation, only the fanboys or ignorant people with a vested interest to hate say any differently.

    • YuriFan

      13 1st party games? I know about Until Dawn and Uncharted but what are the other 11?

    • MrSec84 .

      1)Killzone Shadow Fall, 2)Knack, 3)Infamous Second Son, 4)Infamous First Light (this was a standalone release), 5)Driveclub, 6)Uncharted 4, 7)The Last Guardian, 8)Horizon: Zero Dawn, 9)Tearaway Unfolded, 10)RIGS, 11)Gran Turismo 7 (confirmed coming before 2017 by Kaz Yamauchi), 12)Kill Strain (San Diego Studio are developing this) and 13)Dreams.

      All are 1st party, technically Until Dawn doesn’t count as a 1st party developed game because Supermassive Games aren’t owned by Sony, so it’s 2nd party.

    • *Also On PC

      Sony promised 20 1st party exclusives by the end of 2014. Delivered less than a quarter. Still thinks indies also on PC count.

      LOL the most gullible console peasants are Sony peasants.

  • MrSec84 .

    I’ll just put what I wrote on N4g here:

    Microsoft have only had Forza 5 and Kinect Sports Rivals from their 1st
    party studios this generation, everything else is either a 2nd/3rd party
    exclusive or a remaster of older XBox games.

    This year MS only has Halo 5 and Forza 6.

    Gears 4 is the only 1st party exclusive coming to XB1 next year, Sea
    of Thieves is releasing on PC, as well as XB1, everything else is being
    developed by 2nd or 3rd party studios.

    It’s a fact that XB1 only has 5 1st party exclusives coming between launch and the end of 2016.

    Sony have already had Killzone, Infamous Second Son & First Light, Knack and Driveclub since launch.

    Sony also already has more 1st party exclusives coming to PS4, with
    Tearaway Unfolded, Kill Strain coming this year and next year The Last
    Guardian, Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, Dreams, Gran Turismo 7 and
    RIGS.

    By the end of this year Sony will have released 7 1st party exclusives, with 6 more already slated to release in 2016.

    Sony still has games to announce at TGS, Paris Games Week and Playstation Experience.
    Alongside their 1st party offerings Sony has more 2nd & 3rd party exclusives.

    It really is a landslide victory in the exclusives department for Sony,
    whether you want indie, A, AA or AAA titles, PS4 has more and more
    variety in all areas, but they’re definitely winning in the 1st party
    releases department and the quality is way better too IMO.

    Sony’s 1st party developers are far more established, with a much more impressive pedigree within the market than Microsoft.

    • Rhodri

      No Just no. We know Sony are focusing more on third party content Yoshida even said there well be less AAA exclusives for the ps4 as they are expensive. And really there is no point if they are winning.

    • MrSec84 .

      What I said is objective fact, that’s how many 1st party games are on either platform.
      Yoshida didn’t say there would be less AAA exclusives, actually what he said was that there would be more Indies, because those games take less time to make and there are more smaller studios.

      Sony have announced more and delivered more AAA exclusives, whether it’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd party than Microsoft this generation.

      Yes Just Yes, no argument can be made for anything else, because the facts support exactly what I’m saying.

    • Rhodri

      They may have more now but xbox will have more the future. What you just said mean less AAA exclusives for ps4 but come this holiday xbox will have more.

    • MrSec84 .

      No they won’t, Sony has more both out and in development, as is evident by what’s been released, what’s been announced, how many studios they have working on AAA games and the size of each of those studios too.

      PS4 will have more AAA, AA, A and Indie exclusives, more in each department and more overall.
      Microsoft aren’t even catching up this Holiday, Sony has way more out by the end of the year and then way more coming next year as well.
      You need to check your facts, you’re wrong.

    • Rhodri

      name all ps4 AAA games

    • MrSec84 .

      I listed a tonne in my original post, those were all 1st party exclusives, all retail, all AAA.

      PS4 also has The Order 1886 and Bloodborne, along with Until Dawn coming this year. Deep Down is another one to add to that list.

      By the end of next year there will be 16 AAA exclusives on PS4, as far as what Sony has announced so far.

      XB1 will have 1)Forza 5, 2)FM6, 3)Sunset Overdrive, 4)ReCore, 5)Halo 5, 6)Crackdown 3, 7)Quantum Break 8)Scalebound.
      So it’s half what PS4 has coming by the end of 2016, all games only available on either platform, but nothing else.

      You can’t count games that are available on another system as an exclusive.

    • efnet

      So shoot the xbox down because their ecosystem extends to the pc lol ok

    • MrSec84 .

      A game stops being an XB1 exclusive when it releases on another platform, that’s a fact.
      Same thing happens when something like Persona 5 releases on PS3, it’s no longer a PS4 exclusive.

      Xbox One’s ecosystem is only on Xbox One, windows is something different entirely, XBox guys need to stop acting like a game is an exclusive to XB1 just because it’s only available on Windows, it’s dishonest.

      You don’t see me acting like The Last of Us is a PS4 exclusive or Street Fighter 5, LBP3, etc, exclusive means only available to one thing.

    • Rhodri

      But for some reason they always sell better on xbox I wonder.

    • MrSec84 .

      That doesn’t change the fact that they’re not exclusive to XB1.
      You don’t see me saying a game that is only on PS4 and PS3 is a PS4 exclusive because it sells better on PS4.

      By your logic all 3rd party published games released on PS4, XB1 and PC are PS4 exclusives because they all sell better on PS4.

    • Rhodri

      That is not what I meant. It is still console exclusive which matters most it not on PlayStation. I still consider SF5 exclusive to PS4 because its not on xbox. We are talking about consoles here which appeal more to casuals. Stop being so one sided. When you consider win10 coming to xbox they will be exclusive to windows 10.

    • MrSec84 .

      I’m being absolutely fair, nothing one sided about stating something isn’t exclusive if it’s on multiple platforms.
      Be truthful, not dishonest and make out like something is something that’s not.

      Street Fighter 5 isn’t a PS4 exclusive, because it’s also on PC.
      The whole point of commenting on this article is that the topic is about 1st party developed games, exclusive to one system.
      PS4 has more of those, Xbox guys keep trying to deny that, when it’s the undeniable truth.
      Also you can’t state with certainty that XBox sells more software than PC, most PC sales are made through digital means, which don’t always give out sales data to make the statement you made about software sales.

    • Rhodri

      I never said ps4 doesn’t have more exclusives I said they don’t have more AAA games. Anyone can name a bunch of indie exclusive games. The xbox one has a decent amount of those. What YOU don’t get it that Microsoft is trying to make xbox and pc one platform with windows 10.

    • MrSec84 .

      As I keep pointing out PS4 does have more AAA exclusives, they also have more indies, but when I say AAA I mean AAA, I don’t mean Indie.
      All of Sony’s 1st party studios are AAA, they stop being indie when Sony bought them, they also aren’t indie if they’re external and they have more than a handful of developers.

      What you don’t get is that XBox One is still a separate platform, Windows 10 on PC is a separate platform, if Windows 10 was a single unified platform, then all games would be on everything with the Windows 10 OS, that includes tablets, which isn’t what’s happening.

      Xbox One is still referred to as that, it’s not Windows Box, that gets everything a Windows 10 PC or Tablet does.

    • Rhodri

      AAA (pronounced “triple A”) is a classification term used for games with the highest development budgets and levels of promotion.A title considered to be AAA is therefore expected to be a high quality game and to be among the year’s bestsellers. For a title to remain AAA post-launch, it must be both commercially and critically successful.

      The so called games that are not indies does not fit the criteria Uncharted 4 fits this Horizon Zero Dawn fits this Grand Turismo 7 fits this and Street Fighter 5 fits this. Just because Sony owns the ip does not make it AAA if that were true Ori would be AAA.

      About the W10 thing how come when Micosoft does there events like the one Phil Spencer did before the launch of W10 he said Windows 10 not xbox one and PC. He talks about making it one platform. https://youtu.be/RUCn_rvDU-A

    • Orion Wolf

      Let it go mate, the moment he stated that (for whatever reason) dreams is a triple A because media molecule is a triple A dev (lmao) … well not that credible of an argument anymore.

      Btw all of a sudden now there’s a distinction between first, second and third party games when it comes to exclusivity.

      But for “some reason” this argument wasn’t used for games like:

      Bloodborne, Deep Down (btw read this: http://www.develop-online.net/news/capcom-faces-development-troubles-with-deep-down/0204641 – and here I was thinking the ps4 was so easy to develop for), The order 1886, Until Dawn (made by an “independent development studio” i.e. indie dev – so does that mean this game is an indie game by default?), Ratchet and clank (because, you know, the people that made SSOD for the x1 are logically a Sony first party dev studio) etc.

      His argument on what constitutes a triple A title is … “interesting” … to say the least.

      There’s the issue with games coming out in 2016 as well, I mean for how long have Sony been prompting UC4 or Deep Down … or you know the year delay of Driveclub? So when I read how some of the devs were saying that “they hope” to release TLG in 2016 and how GT7 might be actually released in 2017 … yeah I do take that as (strong) indicator it’s not coming in 2016, but who knows.

      And oh yeah, MS has more game studios than Sony:

      Microsoft
      33 studios worldwide, 24 for game development and 9 for non-game development.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Studios

      Sony
      14 production studios worldwide.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCE_Worldwide_Studios

      Sony will have far more games than MS even tough Yoshida has stated: “I do realize that some people are only interested in big-budget AAA games. I don’t really understand those people”

      The more of his “arguments” I read the more his bias shows.

      Almost forgot, this joker actually used RIGS in his list of games. A game you need the Morpheus headset to play i.e. a $400+ (or whatever the price tag of the headset will be) game. Yep that’s some good argument there.

    • Rhodri

      Yea, I usually don’t argue but I had nothing else better to do so LOL.

    • Illusive Man

      No, Xbox and PC fall under the Microsoft Platform. Try again. You need Windows and very good PC setup to play these games. Lets nonplay dumb.

    • Pete

      Always baffled me how some people consider the PC to be a console! Not sure if you have grasped the meaning of “console exclusive”! My PC is four years old but will still run rings round both my Xbox one and ps4. Even if a game is available for PC but only one of the consoles I don’t think it is dishonest to say it is console exclusive. So I would argue that Street Fighter 5 is a console exclusive as are a number of Xbox and PlayStation games.

    • freekface

      You must practice being that boring, it can’t be natural.

    • Rhodri

      Dreams AAA your funny.

    • MrSec84 .

      Media Molecule are a AAA developer, nothing funny there.
      Technically I said 1st party though.

      Dreams is the single most impressive piece of software on any platform, it uses a revolutionary new rendering technology, will have a full set of tools for anyone to make games, movies, music and Art.
      Dreams as a project is about as AAA as they come and it’s been in development by a big studio for 4 solid years.

      Dreams is basically a platform to allow anyone to make anything they want digitally and Media Molecule are the masters of creative gameplay, their core game made within Dreams should be stunning!

    • *Also On PC

      3DS Max, Maya, Cinema 4D and Blender do anything Dreams can do but better.

      And Blender is FREE :^)

    • Starman

      but most of their exclusives suck …sony that is (shovel-ware)

    • Rhodri

      exactly

    • MrSec84 .

      Nope he’s wrong, as are you.
      Starman’s about the biggest troll there is on this site.

    • MrSec84 .

      Nope, most gamers don’t agree with that, hence why PS4 has so many more and way more higher rated exclusives.

      In terms of volume and quality Ps4’s had way more and there are way more on the way than XB1 has.
      XB1 hasn’t even had any shovel ware for exclusives in the last 10 months, PS4’s had full retail exclusives, 2X the amount that XB1 has this year.

      Clearly you’re just to brainwashed by Microsoft to see that though.

    • ?????

      “Nope, most gamers don’t agree with that, hence why PS4 has so many more and way more higher rated exclusives.”

      When most of them score in the 70s at best. And more games mean its better? lol

      “In terms of volume and quality Ps4’s had way more and there are way more on the way than XB1 has.XB1 hasn’t even had any shovel ware for exclusives in the last 10 months, PS4’s had full retail exclusives, 2X the amount that XB1 has this year.”

      Oh yes, PS4 owners got good retail exclusives, like the disappointing, QTE 6 hour long Order 1886 that dropped in price after launch. Then there is Bloodborne, the first actual good game for PS4, which is Dark Souls reskinned. And then we have MLB 15, which was exactly like 14. And to finish off the year, another QTE fest and a collection of ports with no multiplayer.

      Go play Godzilla, Mr Salt. :^)

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    • MrSec84 .

      You realize 3 of those supposed PC games are coming to PS4 and XB1 right? All except for Total War.
      LMFAO, congratulations for proving multiplats have those scores.
      Also it’s funny how you left out Bloodborne, which got a 92, also Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture a 77, which is positive.
      Until Dawn also currently sits at a 78.

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    • Illusive Man

      Microsoft has made it clear the long term goal of Xbox is to deliver games on whatever hardware preference their base has, and that includes PC. Not sure why you are trying to slight Xbox with the “(PC)” crap.

    • *Also On PC

      Games that don’t exist. 720P VR games. Remasters. Games better on PC. Still trying to pretend Knack is a good game.

      So this is the power of gullible customers. Woah….. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0379e361c7624cab4d50bb5bb241aa820b30ec01f475629d00a77fb84db97929.png

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  • archfiendx

    First party exclusives released for Xbox One so far:

    Forza 5
    Forza Horizon 2
    Halo The Master Chief Collection
    Kinect Sports Rivals
    Rare Replay
    Gears of War Ultimate Edition
    Powerstar Golf
    Screamride
    Lococycle
    Max Curse of Brotherhood
    Crimson Dragon
    Ori and the Blind Forest (PC)
    Zoo Tycoon (PC)
    Project Spark (PC)
    Killer Instinct (PC)

    (4 of these are on PC)

    First party exclusives released for the PS4 so far:

    Killzone Shadowfall
    Knack
    Infamous Second Son
    Resogun
    Journey
    Flower
    Flow
    MLB 14 The Show
    MLB 15 The Show
    Dead Nation Apocalypse
    Entwined
    Everybodys Gone to the Rapture
    Helldivers
    Hohokum
    Singstar
    The Playroom
    Soundshapes
    The Unfinished Swan
    The Last of Us Remastered
    Driveclub
    Little Big Planet 3
    The Order 1886
    Bloodborne
    God of War 3 Remastered
    Until Dawn

    (0 of these are on PC)

    Upcoming first party exclusives for Xbox One:

    Forza 6
    Halo 5
    Crackdown
    Phantom Dust
    Quantum Break
    Gears of War 4
    Fable Legends (PC)
    Halo Wars 2 (PC)
    Sea of Thieves (PC)

    (3 of these are on PC)

    Upcoming first party exclusives for the PS4:

    Gran Turismo 7
    Uncharted 4
    Beyond Two Souls and Heavy Rain Remastered
    Dreams
    Ratchet and Clank
    The Last Guardian
    Horizon Zero Dawn
    Hot Shots Golf
    MLB16 The Show
    RIGS Mechanized Combat League
    Tear Away Unfolded
    Rime
    WiLD
    The Tomorrow Children
    Shadow of the Beast
    Killstrain
    Drawn to Death
    Alienation

    (0 of these are on PC)

    Quality is opinion, but it’s clear Sony has been unfairly criticised when it comes to exclusives. Alot of the confusion comes from people believing that Scalebound, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Titanfall, are Microsoft first party titles when they are not. Most are also on PC.

    This article contains fallacies and inaccurate information. You’re saying that because Andrew House came out and honestly stated that their first party exclusives line up is sparse this means they’ve abandoned their first party studios or are switching to timed 3rd party exclusive content. Microsoft is also relying on 3rd party exclusive content.

    • DA-ROOSTER

      Xbox One still has the best exclusives games of 2015 there’s denying this

    • XbotMK1

      An opinion can be denied infinitely, Microsoft fanboy.

    • efnet

      Ok and you’re a sony fan boy and? Are you one of thoes poor fanboys the internet is talking about?
      They seem to have this theory that the majority of fanboys with one console are poverty stricken individuals….is that your case ?

    • DA-ROOSTER

      Agreed

    • *Also On PC
    • Starman

      please stop with the indies , we’re talking aaa ……………..

    • XbotMK1

      Xbox One doesn’t have any AAA exclusives…….

    • efnet

      Lol I’m guessing you don’t own many games huh ? You’re always on here pounding your chest as if you and your one single console you own makes you some how better than anyone else lol

    • DA-ROOSTER

      Halo 5 Guardians
      Forza 6
      Scalebound
      Crackdown 3

    • XbotMK1

      AAA meaning big budget games with a 9 or above review ratings.

    • efnet

      Lol wow you are really pathetic dude

    • efnet

      You talking all these ps4 exclusives right? So tell me ….no wait , show me how many of them you own lol
      Before you ask how many do I own let me answer for you

      ALL OF THEM lol

    • ?????

      That only leaves one game for PS4, Salt Dispenser. :^)

    • Maxcer Maxcer

      lol keep moving those goal posts

    • *Also On PC
    • archfiendx

      I knew an Xbox fanboy would show up to try and use the indie bullsht as an attempt to troll or deny reality. Fanboys love to move goal posts.

    • RA3030

      I think we need to define what a AAA game truely is. IMO most of the games called AAA fall short of the standard. Sells is the most important part of being called AAA. Any and all games can have huge budgets and huge hype but not all games sell well enough to be called AAA. And no game should be called AAA before it hits the market.

    • MaxTremors

      It’s sales, not sells. And no, budget is what defines AAA, not sales.

    • RA3030

      I’m not saying your wrong but any crappy game can have a huge budget or a Dev team can go way over budget. So if a games Budet is what defines what a AAA game is then being a AAA game is meaningless IMO. “Sales” has to be part of what a AAA game truely is. Add to all this I’ve never seen a game Developer or Publisher post a games budget so who is it that says a game meets the AAA budget standard? All game sales are published so why not the cost of making a game? If a games budget is the only thing that defines what a AAA is than we have literally hundreds of AAA games.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      So that means the bone has even less…..who cares what it is, or how someone feels about. The games are released and not every one of them are AAA IP’s, so they’re not to be counted. HA!

      Just accept it…..archfiendx has a point.

    • YuriFan

      How many of those will be ported to the PS5 though?

    • Illusive Man

      Zero.

    • Riggerto

      I don’t own either console – I sort of watch from afar on me PC (but I would like a console in a year or so I do have a vested interest) –

      But I have to say I don’t understand the “idea” that Xbox has better exclusives etc.. overall.

      Of course everyone has different tastes – but to me – it’s still like last gen (of which I was a part of) –

      Coming up XB has very western stale fps type stuff
      – PS (even if they have less now or won’t be released for 12-18 months) have more interesting varied stuff that span many genres.

      And as XB is only doing well in the U.S. And PS is spanning out to U.S., Europe and Japan I can only see this void increasing.

      I think as someone who is future consumer of these products- perception is important.

    • Illusive Man

      First your argument is severely flawed because unlike Sony, Microsoft has two platforms to make games for: Xbox And Windows

      Secondly, Microsoft has made it clear that they want Xbox games to be played on whatever Windows 10 hardware the customer desires. That is the future long term strategy as indicated by the recent Tsundo interview.

      Thirdly, why does it bother you xbox games are on PC? Where are all these PS4 fans with much more powerful hardware, in the form of gaming rigs, than the Ps4? A lot of those Ps4 exclusives like SF5 and no Mans Sky are also on PC. Funny thing is, once microsoft enable Pc to Xbox streaming, Xbox One gamers with rigs will be able to play those games on their XBOs.

    • *Also On PC

      Remasters and re-releases. Wooooooooow. So this is the power of the PS4

      Another example why consoles are losing the generation

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0379e361c7624cab4d50bb5bb241aa820b30ec01f475629d00a77fb84db97929.png

    • sgt_hammertime

      unlike sony Microsoft does have 2 platforms to support, Xbox and PC and its only right they actually release games for both their supported platform.

    • Mark

      Bang. Console exclusives is what people are tryna avoid here by injecting (also on PC), so what?

    • *Also On PC
    • YOUDIEMOFO

      You shouldn’t put ketchup on your consoles……….heard it is bad for their longevity.

    • GHz

      In actually you have 14 AAA tiles spread out since 2013 till now 2015, on the PS4. Those are Knack, Killzone Shadowfall, Infamous Second Son, MLB 14 The Show, MLB 15 The Show, Everybodys Gone to the Rapture, Driveclub, Little Big Planet 3, The Order 1886, Bloodborne, Until Dawn. That 12 AAA since 2013 if you count in LBP3 and EGTR.

      To make the count 14, you have your ports, because thats what they really are, GOW3 & TLOU. They look exactly the same as the PS3 ver cept they run in 1080p with 60 fps MOST of the time. You can boast about that if you want.

      Everything else you mentioned were either old vita games from as far back as 2009, indi titles that can literally run on my cell phone, or old ps3 non next gen games that sony decided to put on the ps4 to give the impression like they have games for this gen. It’s all a frace hence the reason why Andrew came clean and admitted that their line up IS SPARCE! You need to stop defending Sony with their nonsense and SPEAK UP! You guys deserve way better because of the dedication and support you have for them. Dont let them treat ya’ll like chumps!

  • The truth-ier

    for one, its all personal taste, when it comes to sales and breaking sales records for a 1st party exclusive, halo beats all of them. Gears and halo are huge sellers! sony first parties for some reason get excited when they hit one million…fable, and every major 1st party hits millions. sales wise ms games win easily.
    So winning depends on what you feel is winning..sales wise for 1st party games then its ms, if its your personal choice…then it probably aligns with which console you have and use most often. generally a stupid article to just drum up fanboy stuff because there is only one fact, the ps4 is outselling the x1, they both are outselling there last gen counterparts.

  • DA-ROOSTER

    Xbox One has the best exclusives for 2015
    The PS4 just can’t compete
    Ohh well maybe next year for the PS4

  • DA-ROOSTER

    Microsoft shows gamers great exclusives games they can play this fall on Xbox One

    Sony shows gamers great games they can play this fall on Xbox One

    • XbotMK1

      But you can’t play Until Dawn, Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection, Tear Away Unfolded, Let it Die, Dragon Quest Heros, Persona 5, or many other games this fall on Xbox One.

      Microsoft has a yearly rehashed wannabe of Gran Turismo called Forza, an old first person shooter called Halo, a timed exclusive Tomb Raider, and Fable Legends which I can play on PC.

    • efnet

      I can lol

    • DA-ROOSTER

      First thing change your tag to Playstation fanboyMK1
      Second most of the games you listed can be played on other consoles
      Lol

    • efnet

      Stop kidding yourself lol you don’t have a gaming pc rig
      You got a simple everyday pc that could probaly run a few indie titles at best lol

    • ?????

      And none of those were at E3.

    • *Also On PC

      Movie
      Rehash
      Rehash
      F2P
      Also on PC
      Also on PC

      Wow. Such a killer line up there John Derp. Shame the only exclusive will be people making fun of Until Dawn like the Odor and Everyone’s Gone To The 17FPS Capture :^)

  • jb227

    “Just in this calendar year, we have had games such as Re:Core….”

    Wow, wasn’t aware that all of XBO’s 2016 exclusives are playable now in mid 2015. I’ll chalk it up to an editorial mishap, but it does bring up a good point. As much as Spencer is touting all of these new big games that haven’t been reveled yet that will be dropping in 2016, when exactly will they be announced? We have only seen 1/4 of Sony’s conference year because they have only revealed titles at E3 and still have PGW, TGS & PSX left to reveal 2016 and beyond titles, but we have seen 100% of MS’ conference output at this point. The next potential showing for MS (aside from maybe a stray announcement at VGX, where MS has typically been absent in years past) would be in early 2016 at the MS event that has typically catered towards PC software and hardware, then E3 2016. Don’t see many instances of games being held secret until only a few months before release, barring racing games, remasters and the only exception to the rule these days: Fallout 4.

    I think an article like this should be held off until after PSX because at this point we obviously have a clearer picture of Microsoft’s 2016 than we have of Sony’s. That much is strictly common sense. I know one thing, companies don’t pay millions of dollars on conference space in order to solely showcase games that have already been revealed. It’d be pretty foolish to assume that Sony is bereft of any more big reveals for 2016 games this year.

  • *Also On PC

    It’s obvious to see which console has the best exclusives, just look at the sales charts. Exclusive games are refered to as system sellers for a reason and the reason why the PS4 is SO FAR ahead of the Xbox One is because the PS4’s exclusives have been SO MUCH better throughout this entire generation.

    This is always how it goes, Sony offer their fanbase real games while Microsofts Xbox offers nothing but crap shovelware that gets laughed at on Metacritic and dooms their console to the bottom of the sales charts every week.

    The consumers have already decided which console has the best exclusives and it’s the console which is at the top of the worldwide hardware charts every single week without fail. The console with cheap, low – quality shovelware for exclusives is the one rotting down at the bottom of the sales charts and getting outsold by a ratio of 2 – 1.

    So no, Microsoft haven’t done anything to close the gap in quality between exclusive games. If anything Sony are further ahead than they ever were with games like Infamous, Bloodborne, Uncharted 4 and Horizon. It’s not hard to see why the PS4 is doing so much better than the Xbox, it’s because the PS4 has FAR better quality of exclusive games, both first party and third party . Only ignorant, non – gamers would disagree and sales prove that. :^)

    • DA-ROOSTER

      I play video games not sales numbers
      Xbox One has the best exclusives for 2015

    • Jecht_Sin

      Nah. I’d rather play Bloodborne and Dragon Quest Heroes than any XBone rehashed shooter.

    • *Also On PC

      Because Bloodborne is literally the only game on the POS4 and even then it’s a stuttering 20FPS wreck. LOL

    • ?????

      “It’s obvious to see which console has the best exclusives, just look at the sales charts. Exclusive games are refered to as system sellers for a reason and the reason why the PS4 is SO FAR ahead of the Xbox One is because the PS4’s exclusives have been SO MUCH better throughout this entire generation.”

      Sales? LOL. I guess the Order, Driveclub, Killzone, and every other mediocre PS4 game was a masterpiece if it sold well.

      “This is always how it goes, Sony offer their fanbase real games while Microsofts Xbox offers nothing but crap shovelware that gets laughed at on Metacritic and dooms their console to the bottom of the sales charts every week.”

      I guess Sunset Overdrive, Ryse, Dead Rising 3, MCC, Titanfall, Forza 5, FH2, Project Spark, etc. aren’t real games then? Halo sells more than any PS exclusive, Forza and Gears as well, in fact, look at PS3’s first party games, a lot of them don’t even sell a million. You know what gets laughed at on reviews? Godzilla. Killzone. Knack. Driveclub. LBP 3. Order 1886. The list continues.

      “The consumers have already decided which console has the best exclusives and it’s the console which is at the top of the worldwide hardware charts every single week without fail. The console with cheap, low – quality shovelware for exclusives is the one rotting down at the bottom of the sales charts and getting outsold by a ratio of 2 – 1.”

      LOL. Most of the PS4 fanbase is casuals. Sony openly said that they are targeting casuals. Why else do they have a barren holiday lineup like last year and riding on 3rd party games this gen? Why do their big exclusives only sell for 1/20 of their install base?

      “So no, Microsoft haven’t done anything to close the gap in quality between exclusive games. If anything Sony are further ahead than they ever were with games like Infamous, Bloodborne, Uncharted 4 and Horizon. It’s not hard to see why the PS4 is doing so much better than the Xbox, it’s because the PS4 has FAR better quality of exclusive games, both first party and third party . Only ignorant, non – gamers would disagree and sales prove that. :^)”

      Another opinion. I love how you think sales=quality. I guess it means Halo crushes any PS exclusive by your logic, right? With Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, Recore, Halo Wars 2, Gears UE, Halo 5, Forza 6, Scalebound, Quantum Break, Gears 4, and others to come, I’ll be seeing you cry for weeks.

      Bye, Extremederp. :^)

    • *Also On PC

      Hello my always infurated tribute account. Still mad as ever the Peasant POS4 has no games?

      Still mad PC is the best on the market for real gamers? :^)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05361828d25e8ab23e88871660ea93ab2f421829d87c25aab83cc4deb0c98c9e.png

    • sgt_hammertime

      ouch

    • Illusive Man

      Reason PS4 is selling has nothing to do with its exclusives. It launched cheaper and was slightly more powerful.

    • GHz

      and i want to add it’s overall a stronger gaming brand too. So higher PS4 selling better is expected. What was unexpected was the above average performance in sales. Both XB1 and PS4 performs above average sales wise month per month with PS4 just being more exceptional. Overall great news if you’re console gamer. It shows that we love our consoles.

  • Michael Carr

    to me sales say it all. Sony is almost double if not double by now. People know what’s up! Love my ps4!!

    • DA-ROOSTER

      Sales don’t me anything to anyone who already owns the consoles
      People play video games not sales numbers

  • DA-ROOSTER

    Typical Playstation fanboys reponse is boasting about sales numbers
    Okay let’s do that
    The Wii was the number one selling console last-gen outselling both the PS3 and Xbox 360
    Does that make the Wii the better console? I’ll wait for the answer

    • Jecht_Sin

      The difference this time is that the PS4 launched as the better console and it is selling accordingly. :p

    • *Also On PC

      And it still manages to be a garbage console in a garbage console generation. Still has no games and yet the Wii U managed 20 in the same amount of time. Pathetic.

  • ?????

    Yep. MS has a killer lineup this fall with lots of new IPs next year. Very good 2016 for Xbox owners.

  • Illusive Man

    Name some genres outside of QTE MASH, horror sim, and JRPGS THAT THE ps4 actually excels at beyond the Xbox. I’ll wait.

    • Jecht_Sin

      Nice one cutting down the JRPGs, thus Bloodborne included. The XBone can only dream about having an exclusive game like it. If you mean “actually” as in “now” the PS4 has an open world sandbox (two with the standalone DLC). Rocket League. Racing is a tie. PS4 players love DriveClub, the Xbone just has more games to buy, while DC constantly updates. Action/adventure games. I don’t care if TLoU and Uncharted are remasters. As well as Uncharted 4 is coming out early next year. Creative platformers like Little Big Planet. Tearaway is also coming out soon. FF XIV: ARR for the MMORPG section doesn’t count? Blame MS for the lack of it on XBone.

      I could keep going but that should give you an idea already. The PlayStation has got variety, What the Xbone has got instead? Just shooters. As usual. Anything to please the American fanbase. Too bad that personally I’d rather play any good JRPG than that.

    • *Also On PC

      What JRPG’s? The ones also coming to PC and will be better on PC like Zestria?

      Hilarious. Rocket League is also on PC and would be better if if the framerate drop station wouldn’t have its peasants run away when losing

      And still defending downgrade club by buying more DLC. How cancerous. No wonder POS4 got the Mountain Dew and Doritos deal. They got the same drones who defended the 360 at the end of its life.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c79a60adf1482793b57b509f50038c5d30f48cb7b0f81ca0bcb54f58dd00571.jpg

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0379e361c7624cab4d50bb5bb241aa820b30ec01f475629d00a77fb84db97929.png

    • Illusive Man

      Let me be more specific. I mean 1st party games. Ill wait.

      Racing: Forza > Driveclub
      FPS: Halo > Killzone
      Fighter: Killer Instinct > no game type
      MOBA: Fable Legends > no game type
      3rd person shooter: Gears/Quantum Break > Uncharted
      RTS: Halo Wars > no game type
      Open world/platform sim/sandbox: Minecraft > LBP…..with Project Spark close behind

      Every 1st party Genre out, Xbox is more varied and better

    • Rhodri

      Fable legends is not a moba its an rpg you should say Gigantic instead.

    • Illusive Man

      Its an rpg with moba battle arena elements.

  • Ear4Muzik

    From my perspective it seemed as if the author stated neither console has greatly exceeded the other in terms of first party titles. Not sure how that sparked inclusion of the PC into the mix? But for everyone speaking of titles also on PC fail to realize Microsoft wants PC users to be able to play with Xbox live users, sooo having titles on both would be necessary… Someone even included Fable legends as if that was supposed to be only on Xbox one… That title is touted as being the bridge in terms of PC players and Xbox live players.. Laymen terms – It is supposed to be on PC and Xbox one.. How else would you be able to have them play together..

    • sgt_hammertime

      a lot of people posting here either dont’ realize or refuse to accept that Microsoft has more than one platform, not just Xbox.

  • Maxcer Maxcer

    the only reason we didn’t see an explosion of first party titles from Sony was because they supported the PS3 right up to the launch of the PS4. meanwhile MS basically dumped the 360 6 months before the new generation hit. the last major title was GearsJ and that wasn’t even a first party studio.

    • sgt_hammertime

      then how do you explain the fact that Microsoft were still releasing first party games on Xbox 360?
      can you tell us the last first party game that sony released for their PS3?

  • GHz

    @archfiendx

    In response to your PS4 exclusive list for 2015. In actually you have 14 AAA tiles spread out since 2013 till now 2015, on the PS4. Those are Knack, Killzone Shadowfall, Infamous Second Son, MLB 14 The Show, MLB 15 The Show, Everybodys Gone to the Rapture, Driveclub, Little Big Planet 3, The Order 1886, Bloodborne, Until Dawn. That 12 new AAA since 2013 if you count in LBP3 and EGTR, a 4 hr indie title.

    To make the count 14, you have your ports, because thats what they really are, GOW3 & TLOU. They look exactly the same as the PS3 ver cept they run in 1080p with 60 fps MOST of the time. You can boast about that if you want.

    Everything else you mentioned were either old vita games from as far back as 2009, indi titles that can literally run on my cell phone, or old ps3 non next gen games that sony decided to PORT TO the ps4 to give the impression like they have games for this gen. It’s all a lie, hence the reason why Andrew came clean and admitted that their line up IS SPARCE! You need to stop defending Sony with their nonsense and SPEAK UP! You guys deserve way better because of the dedication and support you have for them. Dont let them treat ya’ll like chumps!

  • VoidWalker

    As a playstation owner I have to say xbone is pretty much winning at this point. They are implementing PC games now in their catalog. They are starting to include mods too. Whoever is in charge over there is doing a good job and I for one think it’s great. I still like my playstation but I have to admit Microsoft is doing great things. I’m still an avid PC master race elitist tho . . .lol. Also, I think exclusives are ruining gaming. There is no need besides greed to make a game console exclusive. Everyone should be able to play every game. That’s just my opinion though.


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