The Xbox One are hot off the presses and we know millions have been sold already through November with a December left to go we will probably look at 5 or 6 Million consoles combined. With such a large number of consoles in peoples living rooms the install base is already larger than the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined for either one of the Next-Gen hardware boxes.
In years past exclusive games were a hot ticket to sell consoles but if the last cycle is any indication we may not see this sort of thing continue. Some examples of current game series of course are Halo and Gran Turismo which are locked down but we all know that games like Splinter Cell, Dead Rising made it from Xbox to PlayStation and titles like GTA and Final Fantasy the other way around.
Pure exclusives have turned into times exclusives or exclusives content. Examples of this are the timed Call of Duty content on Xbox LIVE or the 60 minutes of gameplay in Assassin’s Creed IV on the PlayStation.
This consoles cycle started with some proper exclusives games like Forza 5, Ryse and Dead Rising 3 on the Xbox One as well as Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack and Resogun in the PS4. How will these consoles do going forward though?
We already know some heavy hitters like Titanfall and inFamous Second Son have been locked down as full Xbox One and PlayStation 4 exclusives respectively but what is on the horizon? Other games that come to mind are The Order 1886 for the PS4 and Quantum Break for the Xbox One.
Sony arguably has the larger library in terms of exclusive IP but Microsoft has the bigger wallet to purchase exclusive rights to games like Below or D4. The new console cycle will likely be top heavy in terms of console exclusives and quickly reduce in frequency as the years pass but we have our money on Sony.
The PlayStation brand has supported the PS3 with more games than Microsoft did the Xbox 360. This is sadly a fact that is supported by games like The Last of Us, Beyond Two Souls, Puppeteer and Gran Turismo 6.