PS4 has a distinct advantage over Xbox One when it comes to exclusive games and that could be why Sony is winning the console war over Microsoft.
That’s the verdict of Gamingbolt.com having spoken with Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.
“There is little doubt that the Xbox One X is going to be a very powerful console- but a system is as good as its games only, and while the Xbox One is getting a lot of third party games, many of which might even utilize its extra power to some degree, there are no exclusive showcases for the system that might compel a fence sitter to spend money on it,” writes Gamingbolt.
“Could this lack of meaningful exclusives hurt the Xbox One X’s prospects on the market? In a chat with Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, we decided to ask him that question.”
In response, Pachter went on to explain that PlayStation’s lineup of exclusives is far more diverse than the lineup of exclusives on the Xbox One, which could be a deciding factor for consumers.
“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,”
“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.”
Going into specifics Pachter then went on to examine the existing lineup of exclusive games coming out in the upcoming few months on both PS4 and Xbox One.
Using the likes of State of Decay, Days Gone, GT Sport and Forza to highlight his point, Pachter doesn’t actually come down all too harsh on Microsoft’s lineup.
But, given Microsoft is ostensively launching a big new console in the next couple of months, it doesn’t sound as though Pachter is all too impressed with what’s coming.
“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.”
Despite his comments, Pachter still isn’t wholly convinced that console exclusives make that much difference in the grand scheme of things.
“I think exclusives only make a difference to about a fifth of the market, 20%,” Pachter added.
“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.”