To many, last year was the best year for the PS4 when it came to games. A plethora of critically acclaimed titles were released exclusively on the system, Persona 5, Nier: Automata, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Nioh just to name a few. Compare that to the Xbox One in 2017 and there really wasn’t a single exclusive of note over than Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead. It seemed like 2018 might be a little different for Microsoft with Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and Ashen all only available on Xbox. While Sea of Thieves has been underwhelming to say the least, and we don’t know the fates of the other aforementioned titles, it doesn’t even matter because Sony is hitting it out of the park again this year when it comes to console exclusives. We are only a quarter of the way through the year and Shadow of the Colossus, Ni No Kuni II, and God of War have all released to tremendous fanfare. Let me just clarify that on the Xbox side of things, all we hear are crickets. But that’s not all with Sony, more highly anticipated titles are on the way, Detroit: Become Human is out in May, and Dragon Quest XI and Spider-Man are both due out in September.
The PS4 is clobbering the Xbox One in sales at a more than two to one clip, the Switch is on the major come up, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Microsoft comes in last in this console war. What Sony and Nintendo have in common are unique, stellar exclusives, something the Xbox One just doesn’t have near enough of.
Microsoft has been hemorrhaging money since the days of the original Xbox, and at this rate, they’re going to have to think long and hard about whether this business is still right for them. I love my Xbox One, but once I got a PS4, I stopped buying games for it, even multiplatforms. I honestly keep it around solely for Madden and NBA 2K because I don’t enjoy playing them on a PS4 controller, but other than that, there are no ties that bind me to it. So like I mentioned before, Microsoft needs to find some sort of solution to this problem, or else they are going the way of Sega, extinct in the console manufacturing market.