The Exclusivity War – and how PS4 is totally winning right now

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The console war has been going on for as long as there has been more than 1 current console and people have had opinions, so a long time.

A big part of the who’s console is currently winning argument is which one has the most, and more importantly the BEST exclusive titles. Hardware performance and its various software features and looks do factor in as well, however the games is what everyone comes for and if you’re lacking in that department (especially exclusive titles) then you’re not going to go far out of the gate. Looking at you Nintendo Wii.


Now for this comparison I’m going to be talking about the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, as the Wii U is last gen and it would be unfair to compare the Switch with it still being in it’s infancy, albeit a great starting line-up.

I think we are all aware, regardless of your allegiance to whatever console you choose, the PS4 has been doing tremendously well, not just in sales or hardware performance (X One only slightly behind, not accounting for the Pro or Scorpio) but in exclusive games as well. PS4 to date with 71 exclusive titles since its 2013 release date and Xbox One trailing behind with 35, as of this date. That’s just over double the amount! But it is all about quality of quantity as well.

Microsoft had a rocky start to this console generation, focussing too much on Entertainment and trying to merge all your home entertainment systems into One and not on Games! Games! Games! Whereas PlayStation went the opposite route providing a wide array of titles, some new, some remasters and some much-awaited sequels. Microsoft did actually end up with more exclusives being release in the first year than PlayStation, 6 to PS’ 2, the 3 most notable of those being Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3. Sony only coming in with a mixed reviewed Killzone: Shadow Fall and an actually very fun Knack, however that is where the lead ended.


In 2014 Microsoft dished out a decent 10 exclusive titles for us to enjoy, biggest of those being Halo Master Chief Collection, it had quite a few multiplayer bugs which was a shame but the campaigns ran fine especially Halo 2 Remaster. We also got Sunset Overdrive and Titanfall, 2 new I.P’s that were very well received and Forza Horizon 2, a more let your hair down and have fun cousin to the normally serious track racing of the main Forza series.

Playstation hit back with 16 juicy exclusives, the most noteworthy of which are DRIVECLUB (Playstations Forza), Infamous Second Son which I personally enjoyed but got mix reviews, Little Big Planet 3, Final Fantasy XIV (The MMO one) and the last of them; The Last of Us Remastered. Microsoft seem to go the opposite direction in 2015, with 7 exclusives compared to their 10 before. Sony blew them out of the water with a whopping 25 exclusives in 2015, 25! By 2016 Xbox: 10, PS: 21 and as we currently stand in 2017, Xbox: 2, PS: 7.

If we compare these with each consoles biggest hitters, Xbox One comes in with about 17 big exclusives which are:

  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Forza 5
  • Halo Master Chief Collection
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Titanfall
  • Killer Instinct
  • Halo 5
  • Forza 6
  • Gears of War Ultimate Edition
  • Rare Replay
  • Recore
  • Gears of War 4
  • Quantum Break
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Forza Horizon 3

PS4 comes in ahead with 27 big exclusive titles which are:

  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • MLB 14
  • Infamous Second Son
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Little Big Planet 3
  • Dynasty Warriors 8
  • Bloodborne
  • The Order 1886
  • God of War III Remastered
  • MLB 15
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Final Fantasy X|X-2
  • Uncharted 4
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Street Fighter V
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • MLB 16
  • Persona 5
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • NieR Automata
  • World of Final Fantasy
  • The Last Guardian

PS4 and Xbox One controllers

If we just base it on numbers alone, both in big titles and overall, PlayStation 4 is victorious, there is no denying it. That being said, it’s not about the quantity, it’s about playing the games you enjoy and having fun, regardless of which console that happens to be on.

In my personal opinion I feel like last generation was very close 360 and PS3 both had great exclusives, I went with the 360 because A) My parents could only afford 1 console and B) I really wanted to play Halo 3. This generation however, I placed down my Xbox loyalty and made the switch to PlayStation. I always felt like I missed out on some great games from the Sony side and with all the remasters we have gotten this time around it seemed like the logical step.

What do you fellow gamers think? Are you an Xbox or Playstation loyalist, or have any of you crossed to the other sides? Let us know what you think in the comments below.