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