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access_time August 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM in Features by othersiders

Xbox One lost a lot of its exclusive titles, and the reason for anyone to buy it


Xbox One started slowly losing its exclusive titles, beginning with Dead Rising 3 and continuing with Ryse: Son of Rome. Those games, are two of the most important titles from the console’s current library, being the main reason why many people bought the console (including myself). Actually, “were” is the appropriate time since the two games are now announced for PC/Steam release. And while a lot of people were happy to hear this, it’s more of a sad day for Xbox One rather than a good one.

When the two developers announced that their games are coming to PC as well, the interest of many people dropped to a perfect zero. A console without many exclusive titles won’t be purchased, and will die slowly in loneliness. Sure, there are a lot more exclusive titles on the way but if those continue to move to PC after not even a year, I can’t really see a reason in why you should buy set console unless you like to play everything day one.

Knowing how Xbox One can handle games from previously released titles, you won’t be getting the full experience on it. Your mid-range PC will surely run games way better than 720p/900p and 30 FPS. So not only that you will pay a lot more for the console version of the game, but you’ll also get the slightly broken experience.

Consoles survived this long in this cruel market because they had something unique, something that made the consumer buy them. In our case, it’s all about exclusive titles. Based on how many of them you have and how good they actually are, you will have a line of people waiting to buy your hardware. If you do not posses any exclusive titles, I doubt anyone will be interested in buying any unit.

Of course, Xbox One will not be doomed if it only loses two exclusive games, but if more will be following Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome, Microsoft will have a real problem on their hands. Imagine playing the latest Gears of War title on your PC, or even Halo. I’m sure a lot will be happy, and with good reason. Why would you want to buy an expensive product if you already have everything it’s offering?

But people losing interest in Xbox One is not the only real issues that might appear. If everyone starts buying PlayStation 4 and the competition is basically extinct, Sony will also be free to raise prices and to not care that much about quality and quantity. I’m not saying that this is due to happen, but why struggle when there’s no one to steal your clients and your money.

As a final note, from somebody’s who’s genuinely worried, I sure hope so that Microsoft will stop this pure madness and will start delivering more unique content from customers. Not that I support any company in particular, but competition is good for us, the customer.

It’s a shame to see this happening, especially when I praised Microsoft’s latest move just a few days ago: EA Access makes Xbox One a more viable choice compared to PS4




  • dirksterdude August 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    The problem Microsoft has had for much of it’s history was that it was the parent and they knew best what people want. However, as a parent you mostly try to guide your children and use reverse psychology to make it seem like there idea. You don’t use the stick and say “do it or else”. That was the problem with the boneheaded policies that people only saw restriction NOT freedom. This is what they had for a message when the XB1 launched and Sony was the cool parent saying “we will give you everything that that mean parent over there will not.” – Guess what? It worked. While the XB1 is not as powerful as the PS4 I think as an overall living room entertainment system beyond games it is much better positioned as a device that can do that and a company willing to make that investment. Games will initially carry it forward and what will continue to carry it is the overall experience. The XB1 is here to stay but because of the botched launch they will probably forever be second place this generation. I do understand the article writer point that it needs games, but that isn’t only what it needs.

  • Illusive Man (@Slvrgun) August 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Aren’t a ton of PS4 games Steam ports?

  • Chris August 11, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    People buy consoles for exclusives, but also convenience. It’s a console that games are made for, not a PC that may or may not run the game you purchased. If I buy an xbox game for my xbox, I’ll know it can play it. If I buy a game for my PC, install it and find out it can’t run it, I just wasted my money.

    • dirksterdude August 11, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      I have tried to make this point so many times in the last 10 years and nobody seems to understand it probably because they don’t want to. Buy it, install it, and/or play it without worry about a long list of specifications that may or may not mean your computer can handle it — CONVENIENCE IS KING. Saw a study that one of the main reasons gift cards have become so popular around holidays is that it is easier than having to understand all the nonsense to non-PC or non-gaming console users. Video games as a category was second for using the gift card only to buying a PC peripheral when you’re a second party try to buy electronics. They gave the gift card instead than just giving someone money.

  • deftu August 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    And Sony releasing mainly last gen HD remakes and indie games are not “Doomed then “?. You can’t even fall back on media functions as they have locked most of them out, but they will happily let you pay subscriptions for media, whereas you can do for free on Xbox one.

    Any title that goes to PC is because MS have allowed it they don’t “lose” them.

    It’s in MS interests to release some big titles on PC which is basically their platform.

    If MS thought it worth keeping them exclusive then they would of paid to do so, they probably are paying to keep Dead Rising 3 console exclusive but I doubt they care to much where Rise ends up.

    I think it also shows confidence in their new releases coming out from next month onwards.

    And what they do seems to works, take Gears of war 3 at the time of release it outsold all the PS3 exclusives combined and that wasn’t the only one to do it.

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