Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes that while console exclusives aren’t the be all and end all, Sony games appeal to more people.
“The other thing you need to remember is, most of Microsoft’s games are shooter games – which are hardcore, they tend to appeal to only one segment of the market,” he told GamingBolt.
“Sony has a more varied lineup, it might be as hardcore, but it’s not shooter centric.
“They appeal to RPG fans, JRPG fans, and so on.”
Pachter used the likes of State of Decay, Days Gone, Sea of Thieves, GT Sport and Forza to highlight his point.
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Picking out some examples, Pachter said: “State of Decay is another zombie game, like Days Gone, but I think the difference is that game looks like it will have some humour to it – it might do well, that looks OK.
“I think Forza is a great racing game, but so is Gran Turismo, so it’s not a real differentiator.
“I have never heard anyone say, ‘Oh, I bought a console because of its racing game’. You just expect a high quality racing game to go with your console.
“Sea of Thieves I think looks stupid… so I don’t think the announced lineup looks as appealing as PlayStation.”
But do console exclusives really make much of a difference? Pachter isn’t wholly convinced.
“That said, I think exclusives only make a difference to about a fifth of the market, 20%,” he continued.
“Sony is outselling Microsoft literally two to one, mostly because they screwed up so badly with PS3, but done such a great job with PS1 and PS2, they’re winning back that audience.
“So guys outside the US- they are not outselling Xbox 2:1 in the US, it’s probably closer to 11:10 – but guys outside the US, they were PlayStation and PS2 owners, and they’re coming back home to PS4 this time.
“So I think that‘s the biggest differentiators, these guys were PlayStation households. Sony just has a huge advantage everywhere in the world.”