Why PlayStation 4 Is Still Destroying The Xbox One
The PlayStation 4 is on a hot streak. Nioh, Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn,and Nier Automata have already landed to largely positive reviews. In the coming months, the console will also get, MLB 17: The Show, and Persona 5, along with a grab bag of big-name indie titles, including Nex Machina, Nidhogg 2, and Pyre. And Nintendo has The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arguably one of the best launch titles of all time.
There have never been more third-party releases, and many of the best-selling games appear on multiple platforms. And yet in 2017, exclusives seem as significant to a hardware’s success as ever before.
Take Nintendo, for instance. Nintendo hasn’t exactly been great at making sure the latest mainstream titles are available for its consoles (something that will hopefully change with the Switch). But Nintendo stays afloat because while it lacks the option to play Call of Duty or the latest sports titles, it has a strong catalog of exclusive titles and continues to release excellent new entries. It’s a strategy the company is already leaning into with its latest hardware, the Nintendo Switch, which has had a great launch carried almost single-handedly by the stellar The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.While sales haven’t officially been reported, research firm SuperData estimates that 89 percent of Switch owners have bought Link’s latest open-world adventure, to the tune of 1.34 million copies.
Highly hyped Microsoft exclusives like ReCore, Quantum Break, and Halo Wars 2 have been released to semi-positive reviews, but the company has been mum on sales. The few critically lauded Xbox One exclusives, like Halo 5: Guardians or Sunset Overdrive, have quickly faded from the spotlight. Worse, some of Xbox’s biggest franchises have struggled to match the sales of previous entries
Exclusives aren’t everything. Nintendo’s inability to get mainstream third-party releases on its hardware has made its wares into a secondary console for many customers — hardware people buy after they purchase a console that runs Madden and Grand Theft Auto. Where does that leave Microsoft in the current living room landscape? Without unique games, the Xbox One is a slightly less powerful, definitely less popular PlayStation 4.