24 months later, the offering of exclusive titles is still unsurprising
Released at one of the worst moments in modern history, The new generation of consoles is completing two years of age🇧🇷 With a two-day difference between their releases, the new consoles from Microsoft Arrived first (10/11/2020), at least in theory, subject to availability Xbox Series X | s And the Playstation 5However, globally, it took some time to normalize. The games kept coming and here we take a look at what the two platforms have received in the first 24 months and promise for the future.
When it comes to exclusive titles, both platforms deliver Many cross-gen games, those that are available for both the current generation and the previous generation. This category of games is larger than the category of games that are only released for new consoles. On Microsoft’s side, for example, almost all games come to the PC.
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It’s estimated that 8 million units have been sold since launch, but the numbers could be higher if it weren’t for the component shortages.
The same goes for some non-PlayStation Studios (third party) Sony games, although some exclusives are slowly coming to PC. So let’s first talk about games that can only be played on the current (previously new) generation of consoles.
The shy start of the new generation
The fifth generation of PlayStation has arrived Devil Spirit Edition🇧🇷 The IP, which wasn’t necessarily created by developer PlayStation Studios (but remake production, yeah), made its debut among PlayStation 5 games. Astro Game Room, a game/technology demo, was already available with the console. Only in April 2021, six months after the launch of the platform, did PS5 get a truly exclusive game return🇧🇷 soon, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart It became a second generation Sony exclusive.
For Microsoft, if we talk about the Xbox series exclusives, this took a long time to happen. In January 2021, average Only playable on Xbox Series X | S (in addition to PC). The game, developed by Bloober Team (who are now working on a PS5 and a PC-exclusive remake of Silent Hill 2), hit PS5 in September last year. The big names on the Microsoft side, like Forza Horizon 5 And the infinite auraarrived a year after the launch of the new consoles and is still slacking off.
Let’s check Headlines arriving after November 10, 2020, for both devices, focusing on the exclusive characteristics of the ecosystem (PS5 / PS4 and Xbox Series / Xbox One). Remember that we are talking about cool products, “system vendors” games. The vast majority, even now, are still crossovers in those first two years of the ninth generation of consoles.
PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 5 games
- Demon’s Souls Remake (PS5)
- Sackboy: Big Adventure (PS4/PS5/PC)
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4 / PS5 / PC)
- Destruction AllStars (PS5)
- Horizon Forbidden West (PS4/PS5)
- Gran Turismo 7 (PS4 / PS5)
- The Last of Us Part I (PS5 / PC Confirmed)
- God of War Ragnarök (PS4 / PS5)
- Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (PS5 / PC)
- Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5 / PC)
- Return (PS5)
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5)
Xbox One games/series
- Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox One / Xbox Series / PC)
- Halo Infinite (Xbox One / Xbox Series / PC)
- Scorn (Xbox Series / PC)
- As Dusk Falls (Xbox One / Xbox Series / PC)
- Grounded (Xbox One / Xbox Series / PC)
- Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox / PC series)
If we expand this list to include limited-time exclusive third-party titles, it gets even longer with names like GhostWire: Tokyo🇧🇷 stray🇧🇷 Qena: The Bridge of SpiritsAnd Deathloop (which is already out for Xbox) and Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade on Sony’s side.
With Microsoft, among the more telling titles, The Medium was only a temporary exclusive. There is a case Pioneers of the soul 2an Xbox Game Studios (Double Fine Productions) title, but also released for the PlayStation.
Looking into the future, both platforms will release promising titles, whether they are productions PlayStation Studios or Xbox Game Studios, or products with temporary exclusivity from third parties. Most of them still do not have a release date as of the date this article was published. In this regard, Xbox has more names.
PlayStation – future releases
- Forspoken (Timed exclusive for 2 years on PS5, also available on PC) – January 24
- Final Fantasy XVI (PS5 timed 6-month exclusive) – Mid 2023
- Marvel Spider-Man 2-2023
- Marvel Wolverine – 2023
- Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (Temporary Exclusive) – 2023
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake (Also on PC)
Xbox – future releases
- Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (Xbox Series / PC) – November 30th
- Complete darkness
- The Outer Worlds 2 (Xbox Series / PC)
- State Of Decay 3 (Xbox Series / PC)
- Redfall (Xbox/PC series)
- Stalker 2: Heart Of Chornobyl (Xbox Series/PC)
- Ark 2 (Temporary Exclusive – Xbox Series / PC)
- Sheikh manuscripts 6
- Senua Story: Hellblade 2 (Xbox Series / PC)
- Forza Motorsport (Xbox Series/PC)
- Starfield (Xbox Series/PC)
- Express (Xbox Series / PC)
- Contraband (Xbox Series / PC)
- Everwild (Xbox Series/PC)
Crises and studio acquisitions
In these two years of existence, the current generation of consoles has faced crises that have hindered the arrival of new hardware: a pandemic has given rise to Component shortage due to factory closures, crisis in Taiwancryptocurrency mining (which indirectly affects the entire chain, even more so because of the pandemic) and the war between Ukraine and Russia.
It took a long time for the consoles to become available in markets around the world due to this situation. As if the problem of inventory in the stores wasn’t enough, what little was available was attacked money changers, which they resell at a higher price. Of the three new consoles, the Xbox Series S has been around almost all the time.
When we talk about sales, the PlayStation 5 has already surpassed 25 million units sold🇧🇷 In terms of the Xbox series, the two consoles add over 17 million sales, according to a survey by VGChartz At the end of October. Microsoft does not often disclose this data.
There is no difficulty preventing Sony and Microsoft from expanding their services by acquiring several studios. Among the purchases, the acquisition Bungie from Sony and the controversial purchase of Activision Blizzard from Microsoftwhich is the largest acquisition in the gaming industry and has not yet been finalized, is among the most recent things that have been happening in the industry.
Both sides (Play Station And the X-Box) already said they haven’t finished their game studio buying rounds yet. It shook up the industry so much that many studios made it clear that they would remain independent and not be for sale.
We are now looking at what 2023 will bring to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series, a year that should be the furthest from the previous generation (PS4 / Xbox One), with increasingly exclusive releases for new devices, whether it be first-party titles or studios External, or multi-platform games, which are the majority in the market. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer confirmed 2023 will be an even better year with first party exclusives for the current generation. Sony has not made any such statements.
Tell us which platform you’re on at the moment, if you’re happy with it, or if you’re considering switching consoles depending on the stage of porting. If you, like me, also play on PC, share with us how you saw this new generation take off.
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