The Xbox One is no longer worthwhile to the multiplatform buyer

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Last Gen I did most of my gaming on the Xbox 360 and towards the 2nd half of the generation bought a Wii and PS3 for their exclusives. It was pretty clear from the get go that multi-platform games looked and performed better on the Xbox 360 than they did on the PS3. PS3 exclusives obviously were much better comparatively but the relative easiness developing for the Xbox 360 made sure that most if not all multi-platform were better on the Xbox.

This is not the case with the current generation of consoles. As we’ve all come to know by now the Playstation 4 so far as has the utmost upper hand as far as multi-platform games go. Games like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and several others are better on the PS4. This is majorly due to more powerful hardware present in the Playstation. Although both the Xbox One and PS4 feature PC-like architecture, having the more powerful hardware gives the PS4 a clear edge. Last gen the PS3 had a proprietary CELL processor which developers had a very difficult time coping with.

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As far as exclusives are concerned I always consider that a personal preference. Sony undoubtedly has critically better exclusives but you may prefer Halo to Killzone or Forza to Grand Turismo and that’s perfectly fine. What concerns me is Microsoft failing to hold on to their third party exclusives. Unlike Sony who own multiple first party studios, Microsoft has to turn to third party studios for most of it’s exclusives. Games like Gears of War, Dead Rising and Ryse are developed by third party developers.

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In June developers Capcom confirmed that Dead Rising 3 which was previously Xbox One exclusive at launch will be coming to PC. Recently the same treatment was given to another Xbox One exclusive Ryse, which developers Crytek are bringing to PC with 4k resolution support.

This begs me to ask the question, is the Xbox One really a worthwhile buy for a person who already owns a PC and PS4? Would a potential PC gamer trying to move into console gaming even consider getting an Xbox One? The Playstation 4 obviously seems to be a better choice, no?

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I just hope Microsoft make the Xbox One competitive again on a technical scale and brings out more exclusives that will make consumers just want to throw their money at them. Competition is great, for us the consumers and for the industry.

What are your thoughts on the topic? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • http://dollmytee.blogspot.com/ DollMytee

    Author is an ignorant fuck. Gears of War is a 1st party title being developed by Black Tusk…..a first party studio.

  • Ben Dover Kuntz

    the xbone is the worst shit console ever made, it must be removed from the planet earths existence asap.

  • jean-Alexandre thibault

    The issue with putting most of your chips in the 3rd parties, is that if you start losing the console war, the 3rd parties won’t want to be exclusive anymore. Nurturing your 1st party studios is super important.

    Respawn for example would’ve tripled their sales if it had released on PS4 and XBO.
    They could’ve established themselves as a dominant new fps.
    Now it’ll get overshadowed by COD AW, Destiny, Hardline, FarCry 4.
    They lost their opportunity to dominate and make a mark.
    All because they decided to cash grab for exclusivity.

    That’s why a exclusive like TombRaider 2 is so surprising.
    There is zero % chance this is not a timed exclusive.
    This generation the money and hardcore mindshare is made on Playstation 4.

    Might change one day, but I doubt it…

  • Gamerrr

    I agree that good competition will benefit us consumers. Therefore i hope both platforms will do well this generation. Just like last generation.

  • Daniel Lawson

    So if Microsoft pushes for games on PC they’re stupid, but if they horde all their games they’re hurting PC gaming… I think what you’ll start see is this moving in the other direction when DX12 hits though… more and more PC exclusives (especially these smaller developers) will start porting their games over.

  • Midori Inaba

    Why don’t people understand a very simple fact?
    Yes DX12 is comming but the HARSH truth prevails: XOne’s hardware is and will always be… inferior to both PS4 and PC. They can ULTRA OPTIMIZE, the hardware will always be inferoir.

  • Edonus

    This is some ignorant pony news. Just some video game FOX news. Nows lets look at reality for a minute…

    1) This is not the 1st time or any difference from what has happened before with MS they have always shared games with PC. Gears of war, Alan Wake, Left 4 Dead the list goes on and on. And this never had an impact on the enjoyability or success of those games on the console.
    2) Most people that games on PC dont buy on console anyway…. they are a completely different market and PC will always perform better than console so what would be the point?
    3) If the game comes out on the console first its pretty much like a time exclusive, and timed exclusivity normally favors the console it came out on first. Look at ME series and Bioshock, they always sell better on 360 while all the Metal Gear games sell better on the Playstation.
    4) A game coming out on PC doesnt detract from the games experience on the console. Ryse is still the same game it was before it was announced for PC. I played and beat it several times and enjoyed it and would like a sequel. Now that its going to PC doesnt make me want to buy it or the sequel on PC.
    5) As long as it doesnt go to other consoles it really doesnt matter. Ryse and DR3 has no effect on the Ps4 or WiiU. If someone buys a X1 and wants to experience the award winning graphics of Ryse it is their for them.

    On a side note, I think they Ryse was chosen for PC because it is a graphic power house and they are talking about making it Native 4k….. that will be interesting.

    You can also tell this is pony news because he is using cross gen launch titles as examples of why the Ps4 is better and the truth is no matter what those game are still next gen version of the same game. Its not when you kill someone in AC on the Ps4 you have blood on your hands…. we are talking about 2 pixels on the nose better. Better is truly for a lack of a better word. Not to mention the new wave of games are reaching parity and the x1 still has a better lineup and future potential.

    • demfax

      There will be no parity if PS4′s stronger hardware is being pushed. In essentially every way, the PS4′s hardware is more powerful than the XBO’s. If they’re the same resolution, PS4 will have a framerate or visual effects advantage, or its stronger hardware isn’t being pushed. (see Sniper Elite 3 recently)

      Metro Redux was just revealed as running 1080p on PS4 w/ no framedrops and 912p on Xbox w/ framedrops, and that’s WITH the June SDK update.

      It seems most console gamers are ignoring attempts to downplay PS4′s stronger hardware and buying PS4s anyway. Sorry.

      • Edonus

        The funny thing is the Ps4 is actually only stronger in 1 way and thats the GPU. The differences you are talking about are so small it only highlights the insecurity of the ponies. The thing that disgusts me about ponies is that they are acting like cross gen games and games released in the consoles first year is some how the full extent of these consoles. You want the Ps4 to be so much so fast you are not even making them impress you.

        Has the Ps4 really impressed you? Graphically this gen I have only been impressed by Ryse graphics, particle effects in Infamous SS, and some of the lighting and texturing in KZsf graphically. I have been very impressed with the media and functionality of the X1 and thats truly about it.

        The general graphics of the games are typical to me… yes they look better than last gen but that was to be expected. but nothing has been mind blowing. Metro Redux is a remake package of the last gen games. they arent retooled reskinned nothing; you are impressed with that….. thats why I say Ps4 caters to a bottom feeder crowd. Coming up I am interest in the Order 1886 and project Morpheus for the Ps4 nothing else really. You are still counting pixels while Ryse is decimating games at 900p.

        All we know is that the Ps4 has a GPU with more resources how they will be used in the end we do not know…… counting the Ps4 gpu resources right now would be like counting cloud computing as part of the X1 right now. I work in media and web design and applications so I have some experience with server side scripting and cloud computing and can say from experience that it is real and very viable but i’m not going around trying to sell people on it before MS puts it to use. That because i am not some insecure fanboys that has to try an convince people the console is the most glorious gift from the heavens.

        So when Ps4 actually shows me more than 3 pixels on corner of the knuckle on the stitch of the glove of the man on the hand that I need to be 2 inches from the screen to see slowdown and zoomed 1000x from DF I will treat power talks as theory as they should be.

        Actually…. why am i even responding to you? You are one of the biggest ponies roaming the fields. I had written too much of this before I realized what i was doing. This is for everyone else not this guy…. even though he leaves better responses than some other internet stalker losers who shall remain nameless.

        • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

          I hope you meant me regarding your last remark.

          All things considered though, I had commented here before. So, no need to get your panties in a twist this time, Glass Joe.

          • Edonus

            Ohhhh Stan……..smh

            So you are basically admitting that you are a, and I quote “internet stalker loser” illustrated with a picture of you holding your hand up like saying you are present in class.

            You are not the only internet stalker loser on the internet that leaves comments that don’t advance the conversation…. its just kind of sad that you know you are.

            You are not even delusional.

            Good day sir.

          • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

            That’s my boy. Stand up for yourself. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

            You’re a dolphin. Swimming through the majestic Xbox One interface ocean. God, it’s so beautiful. Now that’s delusional.

  • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

    I just want some Derp copy and paste replies.

    • DLConspiracy//

      Yeah I agree. It’s been a long while. I will forget how important his messages are if they are not copied ad nauseam.

      • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

        I just want some Derp copy and paste replies.

  • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

    Finally after of battling all of last gen, finally the Sony guys are ready to say the 360 was better than the PS3. Finally! I’ll take it.

    • You are flat out wrong

      I can see why you would, you don’t have many victories these days

      • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

        Sure do. The latest one being the Xbox One has the best graphics on a video game so far. And that was at 900p no less! That’s pretty good stuff right there. Took down Killzone. Lot’s of Sony only guys very upset by this.

        • You are flat out wrong

          Amazing what Cryengine, linear environments, motion blur and five enemies on screen can do to bail out crap hardware.

          At least Ryse (another “exclusisive”) won one award, other than crappiest eighth gen launch game. :)

  • Spencer

    The only Xbox One game I even remotely care about is Ori and the Blind Forest. That’s a real shame, because it looks like a wonderful, beautiful game, and I’m not shelling out $400 for one indie title.

    PS4 is cleaning house in the exclusives department. Just being able to play Final Fantasy 14 and No Mans Sky dominate anything the Xbox one could release in the next year.

    • demfax

      Ori is coming to PC.

  • Don Karam

    Why would anyone want games to be exclusive to a platform, especially one that is seemingly not technically superior? It’s very annoying to be forced to buy hardware I don’t want in order to play a game I want, especially when other hardware, that I may already have, would work much better for it.

    Ultimately, I think the only reason to get an Xbox One is for Halo. I suspect almost everything else worthwhile will cease to be exclusive for it. I hope you all know that if everyone refused to buy Halo on Xbox One then it will cease to be exclusive also. Just think about that. Think about how you are screwing a lot of people if you buy Halo for Xbox One.

  • Ben Dover Kuntz

    the ps3 had a few struggling years, but back in the 2009 things started to change, and in 2010 the ps3 had taken the lead over the x360. any new xbox after that was gonna fail, but the xtwats was blinded. so now they are stuck with the 900p xbone tvbox. i dont feel sorry for them at all, they can whine all they want. the playstation is the winner and ps4 is here to stay. the xbone is just a waste of money and soon will be forgotten like dust in the corner.

    • Daniel Lawson

      Look… you’re part of the problem… try and clean yourself up buddy

      • Ben Dover Kuntz

        go cry in your mancave xtwat!

        • Daniel Lawson

          yes… my man cave with my PS4 and my Xbox one and my PC …

  • Dangerousjo 1985

    As long as the only console its on is xb1 theirs nothing to worry about, PC has its own games ,and could care less about a lot of console games going PC,we talk about PC as if its a console,and its far from being one.

  • Axe99

    If you _just_ got multiplatform games, and didn’t already own a powerful-enough PC (and didn’t mind the extra fiddliness of PC gaming) and there were no community considerations (ie, where your mates played), and you weren’t interested in any of the ancillary features and were assessing the two consoles _solely_ on multiplat game performance, then yes, the PS4 has a slight edge over the XB1, but it’s nothing to jump up and down about. I definitely wouldn’t get a PS4 and abandon my friends because of the performance difference if I enjoyed MP gaming, and if I preferred the XB1′s exclusives, then the performance differential wouldn’t be enough to make me change to the PS4, and the same would go if the XB1′s non-gaming features appealed more to me. Accordingly, the argument in the article is pretty narrow. Personally, I go with a PS4, because I prefer the game line-up and most of my mates are on it, but there’s hardly no reasons to get the XB1 either.

    • demfax

      The “argument” seems pretty one sided considering global sales.

      • Axe99

        The current ratio is about 2:1 isn’t it? That implies strongly there is still value in the XB1 for some consumers, but that the PS4 better represents what more gamers want, and so is getting more sales.

  • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

    This article is accurate.

  • Jay

    Gears, Forza, Halo, Crack Down, Sunset Overdrive much better titles then what Sony has to offer, thats why I would suggest people buy a X1. MS has always had better games then Sony and from their E3 showing I don’t see that changing anytime soon. That said I think its a shame sites like this have nothing better to do then try and start fanboy wars.

    • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

      When we’ve seen more from Crackdown than an announcement trailer, and have seen absolutely anything at all from Black Tusk Studios regarding the new Gears, then maybe those can be used as ammunition.

    • datdude

      “Gears, Forza, Halo, Crack Down, Sunset Overdrive much better titles then what Sony has to offer”…..thanks for the laugh man…I damn near fell off my chair reading your post….LOLOLOLOL!!!!! Bizarro world inhabitant confirmed!!!

      • Ryan_McN

        Uncharted?!?!?!?

        • YOUDIEMOFO

          Only one of the most epic games of all time….. Let’s not forget the incredible fidelity that is in their series.

          Audio alone stomps all over anything I’ve been able to “select” on any M$ console game……oh wait why is that oh yeah because Sony had Blu-ray and was able to throw linear PCM uncompressed 7.1 audio in their games. Immersion is never better with fully enveloped sound of superior quality.

          I like options and choices and that said I can honestly say that Sony’s games have always raised the bar when it comes to just that in-game.

          • Ryan_McN

            One word – delusional

          • YOUDIEMOFO

            I guess facts hurt………..? They must to make you obviously butthurt……

          • Ryan_McN

            nope, you are delusional.

          • YOUDIEMOFO

            Wow…. One look at your posts and shows you bring nothing to the table in regards to facts at all. And on top of that your negativity and pure bias ness is so obvious it is kind of sickening.

            Keep up with those things in life and I hope you the best….

    • demfax

      For some reason PS4 keeps selling like hotcakes despite attempts to downplay its library. All 3 consoles have good exclusive games, it’s only fanboys trying to trash one or the other and pretend it has “no gaems lolol”.

      PS4/Sony exclusives Jun-Dec: The Last of Us Remastered, Driveclub, LittleBigPlanet 3, Infamous: First Light, Samurai Warriors 4, Natural Doctrine, Guilty Gear Xrd, Singstar, Resogun DLC, and lots of indies.

      PS4/Sony exclusives 2015 (announced): Bloodborne, The Order, Ratchet & Clank Remastered, Uncharted 4, Let It Die, Deep Down, and lots of indies.

      • Edonus

        For some reason that definitely isnt the features or the games.

        Its media influence, distortion and hype.

        • demfax

          PS4 is selling on price/performance, better PR and global appeal, long term 1st party support, large number of 1st party studios, more total games and dev support including Japanese and indie devs, wider variety of games, improved PSN since the PS3 days, and PS+ value. It’s seen as the best console for multiplatform games.

          Stay in denial if you want, it won’t stop PS4 from continuing to sell.

          • Edonus

            Like I said…”price/performance, better PR and global appeal, long term 1st party support, large number of 1st party studios, more total games and dev support including Japanese and indie devs, wider variety of games, improved PSN since the PS3 days, and PS+ value.”= media influence, distortion and hype.

            Its not about denial…. I have no problems in owning a Ps4 (like you do about the X1) its just that as a gamer that has been gaming on consoles since the Atari 2600 I see it as a bottom feeder console for insecure weirdoes. Not to say its a bad machine because I would buy one if the X1 was actually bad at its job. i just get a lot more out of the X1 than the Ps4 delivers. I always say if morpheus turns out good I will buy a Ps4 with no hesitation.

            Until then i will just enjoy my unified smart TV functions and dedicated server gaming on the X1.

          • You are flat out wrong

            TV TV TV and dedicated servers that only two games have used so far. The Xbox One experience. Hahahahahah!

        • You are flat out wrong

          PS4′s got more and better games than the Shitbox Done, and the Done is still playing catchup on a lot of stuff feature-wise.

          If only the Xbone wasn’t a massive piece of crap, Eddie, it might actually get some hype for once.

  • Dangerousjo 1985

    You know gears of war 1 was on PC aswell,and that being still didn’t stop it from selling 6 million copies on the x360.

    • Don Karam

      Maybe that’s because it was released a year later for PC and the designer of it, Clifford Bleszinski, expressed disdain for PC gamers and refused to release any more Gears of War for PC. That would probably lead to people refusing to buy the series on PC so that they could have the whole series on one platform to keep things organised, and probably also caused people to think the game on PC that was released would probably not be supported properly and therefore be an inferior version.

      • Dangerousjo 1985

        OK what about fable,Alan wake?

  • Nettrick Nowan

    I purchased a PS4 after owning my Xbox One for about three months and becoming aware of how badly the Xbox One played some titles compared to the PS4. Since I play mostly multiplats, there is really no reason to keep both systems. I already purchased Titanfall on the PC after seeing how the Xbox One handled the game. One reason to keep the Xbox One is Sunset Overdrive. That game looks like it will be fun–but I’m not sure if it is worth keeping my Xbox One.

    • Jay

      Titanfall plays great on the x1

      • Nettrick Nowan

        Not going to get into a subjective battle here about how Titanfall plays on the Xbox One–but I agree with this: From Digital Foundry–”To be clear though – while this is an easy win for the PC, any Titanfall purchase is still a good one. Respawn’s focus on technology to facilitate fun as opposed to pushing back the frontiers of rendering has paid off, and while the Xbox One game has its issues, there’s no doubt that the experience is enjoyable. However, from everything we know about the studio and what it sets out to achieve with its games, we can’t help but feel that Xbox One under-delivers while the PC game is much closer to the experience the developers set out to create.”

        • Dangerousjo 1985

          It’s definitely a win for PC’s and that’s not a bad thing,but its not going to hurt any consoles sells,the PC is constantly being out sold by each console,when it comes to multi platform software.

          • demfax

            Xbox One console sales will be hurt by the news of multiple exclusives going to PC.

          • YOUDIEMOFO

            Already happened before this article.

          • Dangerousjo 1985

            No it won’t ,nobody buys a PC because console games releases on it,but the folks who already have a PC checks out console games that pop up on it.

  • Tha Truth

    The Xbone never was worthwhile for multiplatform games, and it never will be. When you have games like Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear Solid, Thief and many more running at 1080p on the PS4 and a pathetic 720p on the Xbox, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out which is the better experience. Even after DX12 the gap is still huge, Watch Dogs is 1080p on PS4 and only 900p on the Xbox.

    Nobody with any sense of self respect would buy a trashy, last – gen, sub – HD version of a game for a trashy, last – gen, sub – HD console when they can pick up a PS4 for the same price. The PS4 owns the market in both exclusives and multiplatform titles this time around, unless you’re a Halo or a Gears fanatic, there’s no reason to even entertain the idea of buying an Xbox.

    • DLConspiracy//

      That’s a nice opinion. I don’t agree. There are more factors that come into play. Like Online, Friends and preferences. I don’t buy MP games on PS4 unless they are exclusive to PS4. Otherwise I buy them on XB1. Depending on the game, type of game, friends I play with and preferences I have determine what I want to play. I may even buy the game on PC if I so choose. Depends on many factors. Sorry I don’t agree with your totalitarian gaming matrix.

      I guess that means I have no “Self Respect” and you are the leading authority on my own (as well as EVERYONE in the worlds) individual preferences across the board.

      • Christian Dixon

        Online friends don’t mean anything, make new friends and play the multiplatform games on the better platform. Buying a console just because you have friends that do the same thing is just dumb. Convince them to buy the better platform. How is it better to follow a mob of people who will accept lesser forms of gaming? What does that say about you?

        • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

          Well, when you start paying my bills and buying my platforms for me, then you can act all sanctimonious in how other people spend their time and money.

        • DLConspiracy//

          I hope you are kidding. That just sound ridiculous if you are not. Not to mention there are tons of people who will agree that the better online service isn’t with the popular console right now. Secondly, you don’t just abandon the friends you have played with online for years because of popularity. Better console is subjective to people. I own both consoles and of the friends that i have that own both consoles they/we still prefer Xbox to play our online games. As do I. We prefer the quality of chat, the servers and infrastructure. Those are apparent in quality not hiring a team of people to count pixels like digital foundary. So there is that.

          • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

            I play Battlefield with a couple people I’ve known in real life since high school; close to eighteen years ago. One of which is my best friend. Guess I should have just said ‘Fuck him’ and moved on.

          • DLConspiracy//

            Lol yep. Its the right thing to do. Fuck him and all those memories that go along with it. Looks like its time to open a new bottle to go with your new co sole and new friends. Haha haha

          • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

            Shit, I was best man in his wedding, but I guess it’s time to look past all that because we didn’t buy a PS4. I think he’ll understand the entire shallow reasoning and sick idol worship for pieces of plastic and soulless corporations who don’t care whether we live forever or die right this second so long as they get our money.

          • DLConspiracy//

            BINGO! we got a winner! You better walk on down the isle of corporate greed with a smile while you firmly raise your middle fingers to your friends and family. Your new home awaits. Lol.

          • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

            I can assure you, if I did own a PS4, I’d be just as bored with it as I am my Xbox One right now. Both have squat as far as games are concerned for me, and everything of remote interest got shuttled off to 2015. Exclusive and multi-plat.

            Right now my One has two functions, Battlefield, and YouTube. The countless hours spent watching episodes of MST3K is time well spent.

            Worst first year of any generation ever. This has been pretty piss poor compared to my first year of the 360.

          • DLConspiracy//

            Haha I have to admit. I have been plying my PC more often than my consoles. I still play all my FPS games on xb1 but yeah these consoles are not like other launches that I remember. Both have been struggling.

      • demfax

        Which explains why entire groups of friends jumped from 360 to PS4 together.

        Sony claims 31% of PS4 owners jumped from 360 or Wii to PS4 despite not owning a PS3.

    • Jay

      Do you really think 1080p is what makes a great game, its such a stupid argument.

      • andy

        No next gen and complex animations and gameplay are. Being incredibly ambitious is what makes a great game too like Resistance 2 in 2008 that did 60 player multiplayer, something that 360 never even did up to 2014.
        Did you know that the PS2 was a very hard console to develop for too back in its debut? It wasn’t simple PC architecture. PS4 is the first console that Sony put out that hit the ground running with easy development. With all these short drawbacks. PS3 still had the best exclusives last gen, have you any idea how much Xbone is going to be annihilated by exclusives this gen compared to PS4? Is it still so hard for you to see?

        • Jay

          Who cares about the ps2, ps3 having the best exclusives is your opinion and in no way a fact.

          • Christian Dixon

            It’s pretty much accepted industry wide that the PS3 had batter exclusives than the Xbox 360.

          • The_Hero

            PS3 had more exclusives than the Xbox 360.
            They did earn more perfect scores.
            Doesn’t mean Xbox 360′s games were bad.

          • Jay

            By who you I guess you are the industry now lol

          • Craig Martin

            ps2 sales alone prove this to be a fact.

          • Jay

            As I said who cares about the PS2 it was two generations ago and has nothing to do with current platforms. I love how you try to spin this Xbox 1 article to mean what you want by using a console from two generations ago, get with it.

        • The_Hero

          Microsoft’s Xbox One’s “exclusives” are also coming to PC.
          It’s just to say it’s not coming to the PS4.
          Microsoft owns PC, so in their opinion it remains an exclusive to their platforms.
          Although the sales figures are pretty abysmal on the Xbox One on the exclusives, multi-platforms seems to favor the PS4 2:1 and even 3:1 and developers are taking notice of it.

          • Azrael

            Microsoft owns Windows, but it does not own PC. Microsoft turned its back on the PC platform the day they released the original Xbox. The abysmal failure of Games for Windows Live is proof of that. With GfWL finally shutting down, Microsoft has no method of digital distribution or any way to support PC gaming. If anyone “owns” PC gaming, it is publishers who provide a distribution and unified gaming experience. Valve, EA, and Ubisoft would be the primary providers here.

            With OpenGL making a comeback in development, and the advent of the Steam OS, it is possible in the next few years to see PC gaming move away from Windows entirely.

          • Daniel Lawson

            with the Advent of DX12 I expect to see a shift back towards Microsoft’s API purely from the standpoint of porting games over… especially with indie developers

          • async2013

            Microsoft doesnt not own the PC, far from it. OpenGL is the future as it helps devs with costs of portability. DX is going in the bin, i predict another year or two and DX will be forgotten

          • Daniel Lawson

            well over 90 percent of all PCs run Microsoft’s OS

          • The_Hero

            That could be very true.

      • GotNews4Ya

        No 1080p doesn’t make a good game, but unfortunately.. Microsoft hasn’t been known for much anything other than having the best looking games on its machines.. Most of their story lines behind their popular series are old and worn out by now.. Gears / Halo / Fable / Crackdown… All pretty much worn thin story wise.. except Fable.. It is just one of those games where every game can be its own unique experience.

        Now that Xbox doesn’t even have graphics to boast about.. it is finding it harder and harder to keep ahold of the gaming market.. and it is showing..

        Sony has always been known for producing amazing titles from their first party studios, some of them might fail.. but for the most part.. they don’t lack innovation or good story telling. That’s why xbox was deemed the “Shooter-Box” because pretty much all it had for its massive player base was Beautiful Call of Duty Games.. and other Beautiful FPS’.. Sony was always the system for the people who liked more depth in their gaming.. in general. Not saying there isn’t depth on Xbox.. Just saying for what the two companies are known for.. Xbox is now severely hurting.. since it has no identity anymore.

      • Ryan_McN

        I agree.

        Super Mario World resolution : 512×448 … still better than any PS4 game at present.

        • mantas

          …except Resogun…

          • Ryan_McN

            I hope this is a joke.

          • mantas

            absolutely not, as smw was incredible for it’s day; i have had so much fun with resogun on ps4 that it is ridiculous…it’s my opinion only, it doesn’t make it necessarily true for someone else. however, i do appreciate your sensible reply, it’s unlike the fanboy-ridden drivel we usually see in the comments section. cheers!

        • async2013

          Actually SMW is in 256×224 not 512×448 as most of the graphical effects wouldn’t be available in 512×448 mode.

          Anyway just goes to show how crap todays games are if they need 10GB to make a dent when SMW had 1MB or 8Mbit and is still played today

          • Ryan_McN

            I stand corrected :)

      • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

        Ryse winning best graphics for a new gen games proves it doesn’t.

        • You are flat out wrong

          The Cryengine, linear environments, motion blur and five enemies at any one time can do a world of difference on duff hardware.

          • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

            Of course you have nothing right here. Classic SAD. Just take the loss in this one. You can’t have it both ways. Well, maybe you like it both ways, but this is video games bro! Fact.. PS4 is stronger than the X1. Fact, PS4 is kicking the X1′s butt in sales. Fact, A Xbox One game won the best looking graphics award of the games out on all next gen consoles.

            Just accept it.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Don’t worry, midnighter, keep clinging that award you didn’t win to your chest so you can justify your fanboyism. No one thinks less of you for it.

            You sad prick. :)

          • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

            This makes no sense. I didn’t win an award.. but have fun still pretending that an X1 game won best graphics so far this gen. I know it stings.

            ps,, stop upvoting yourself. It’s sad.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Thankfully it doesn’t save Ryse’s turgidness and total lack of gameplay. :)

            Not to worry, only one more year to wait until a game shows up on the Xbone. You’ll only have replayed Ryse, what, 50 times by then?

          • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

            Only one more Year? Lol.. you sony go hards must of hated last gen so much. We have lot’s of games coming. I can just imagine how rattled you are about TR.

          • demfax

            Ryse on PC running at 4k and Ultra settings won the siggraph award.

            It has nothing to do with the Xbox.

          • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

            What are you talking about. Ryse on a PC didn’t win that award. I guess you don’t read too well.

          • demfax

            The Siggraph award made zero mentions of Xbox. You are lying.

          • http://www.showtimeforfree.com/ miDnIghtEr20C

            You’re about to get owned…www.crytek.com/news/ryse-son-of-rome-wins-siggraph-award-for-best-real-time-graphics

            “Ryse: Son of Rome, Crytek’s exhilarating next-gen title, has earned
            itself a prestigious SIGGRAPH award for Best Real-Time Graphics.

            Ryse was released last November for Xbox One, and has impressed
            players and press around the world with its groundbreaking visuals.
            During the game’s development there was a special emphasis on realistic
            characters and immersive story-telling; all of which helped to catch the
            eye of SIGGRAPH’s judging panel and earn Ryse a top spot in their
            Computer Animation Festival awards.”

            Oh wow.. Ryse was released for Xbox One. Ya.. the same that it was judged on. Suck it up big boy. You still have sales.

    • sonny free

      I agree 100%! I have always owned a 360 to play games like Gears & Fable.But Microsoft has really disappointed me with the Xbox One! The graphics are just slightly better then what the 360 is offering.They tried to make it more of a entertainment box then a gaming box! I held onto my Xbox One until e3 i said well Microsoft will get things turned around after failing all year long.But they showed nothing that impressed me! I traded and got the True next gen Ps4! Why would someone waste 500 on a Xbox One and spend 60 bucks to only play the game in 720p compared to the Ps4 1080p? All games look better and feel better on Ps4! Gamers are cheating theirselves when buying a Xbox One to only play in 720p! Ps4 has better exclusives Better hardware and the Ps Plus has better value then Xbox Gold! Every gamer has right to choose which every platform fits their needs.But Xbox One is not the right choice! If you want a true next gen console go with Ps4! Microsoft is fighting a already loosing battle

      • DLConspiracy//

        2013 called they want their ps4 rebuttals back. You don’t honestly think a completely different machine with better hardware is comparable to last gen do you?

      • demfax

        All 3 consoles have good games and have their pluses and minuses. It’s only fanboys mindlessly trashing one or the other.

    • UnspecifiedTronica

      Watch dogs is 1080p on ps4?…hmmm..i thought it was only 900p! Playstation is killing this generation!

      • demfax

        It is 900p on PS4, he’s wrong on a lot of his numbers.

      • SiliconNooB

        900p on PS4, 720p on Xbone – disappointing on all fronts.

        • Daniel Lawson

          they really dropped the ball on this game

    • demfax

      A lot of your resolution numbers are wrong. All 3 consoles have good games and have their pluses and minuses. It’s only fanboys mindlessly trashing one or the other.

      • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

        Do you ever sleep, Derp?

        • DLConspiracy//

          He is on a tireless quest to convert people. He is the Fred Phelps of console gaming.

          • https://www.facebook.com/TheGamingAlcoholic The Gaming Alcoholic

            I’d liken him more to Jim Jones myself. Perhaps even a David Koresh-type figure.

          • DLConspiracy//

            This is all true. Haha

    • Dirkster_Dude

      The truth is out there. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with your comment.

    • awesome_farts

      Such puppycock and rubbish. Pish posh old chap.

  • DLConspiracy//

    I am a multiplatform gamer. I own the PS4, XB1 and PC (soon Wii U). I still enjoy My Xbox One quite a bit. In reference to Ryse and DR3 on PC. The fact I can play those games on the console first is a huge factor for my purchase. I have seen people wait in line for days just to play demo of a game a year before it releases. Why would anyone who is a gamer invested in all platforms be any different? Obviously they want to play most everything and not limit themselves down to a favorite corporation. Besides, any game that a multiplat gamer is on the fence about (especially single player games) can still buy those game on PC for cheaper later and keep them forever.

    • demfax

      “Play it a year earlier on Xbox One” isn’t a compelling argument to most console + PC gamers, apparently.

      • DLConspiracy//

        Why because I didn’t get likes? Haha that’s what I do. Don’t need acceptance for what works for me.

  • Sheldon Prescott

    People always talk about the PC architecture, but don’t also mention the esRAM. Isn’t that hard to develop for?

  • NeedMoreGames

    Funny you leave out that we are now starting to see parity on third party games, so your power argument with the PS4 is redundant.

    Also, Gears is now owned by MS. I think the 3rd party exclusives are a stop gap to allow MS to grow their first party. I also need to bring up Sunset Overdrive here. Sony wanted control of the IP. That is why Insomniac went to Microsoft because they said it’s your IP, let’s juts be partners. Owning everything isn’t always the way forward.

    Well the PS4 also has a lot of F2P titles that PC gamers can play without a console too! It comes down to if you want to play games like TLOU, Killzone or Halo, Gears, Forza. Not multiplat. Also, let’s wait to see the specs for Ryse before everyone starts getting giddy about it.

    • Utedude

      I think the fact that Sony has the best first party studios and Micro relies on 3rd party franchises to fluff their lineup makes a good case to own a PS4. Micros franchises that they have touted like Titanfall, Ryse could easily make their way to the PS4 in their next iterations, meanwhile Sony will be pumping out the best first party exclusives. Sure there are a lot of F2P titles, but they are great, and you can’t get them on X1.
      I don’t think we have seen legit parity in Multiplat games like you say, there is always a disparity in one form or another on the X1 when compared, it’s not always res. Devs are focusing on resolution parity because that is so important to people, PS4 just has better hardware, which will always lead to an advantage in one way or another.
      How do you know Sony wanted to own Insomniacs ip? You talk about Micro like they are the good guys in this, you know as well as anyone it’s just about money up front. They were willing to let Insomniac ALSO keep the ip because they were desperate just to get it exclusive. Micro didn’t let Bungie keep Halo…

      • coip

        Sony does not have the best first-party studios. Nintendo does.

        • bistricky

          Although this article spoke about multi-platform games …. I agree that Nintendo still rules when it comes to first-party games and studios. With 3rd party games skipping Nintendo’s Wii U as the norm …. if it wasn’t for the Wii U’s first party games, the Wii U would not be an option for gamers to add it to either their PS4 or X1.
          Gamers should like great fun games on all consoles. :D

          • Daniel Lawson

            not for everyone… I haven’t played a Mario game in almost 20 years and I don’t plan to either… I play Zelda and that’s pretty much it from Nintendo’s 1st party

        • Ryan_McN

          100% agreed.

        • Utedude

          Well, I meant out of Sony and Micro… I should have made that specific, my apologies .

          • coip

            Nintendo is definitely above Sony and Microsoft by a long shot. In the battle for 2nd place, it’s a lot closer and solely dependent on the type of games you like. I think Sony has a lot of great first-party franchises, but I think Microsoft has better first-party franchises: Age of Empires, Banjo-Kazooie, Black & White, Conker, Crackdown, Fable, Forza, Gears of War, Halo, Hexic, Killer Instinct, Kinectimals, Kinect Sports, Max, Splosion Man, 99 Nights, Perfect Dark, Phantom Dust, Powerstar Golf, Project Spark, Rise of Nations, Viva Pinata, Xbox Fitness, Zoo Tycoon, and many others. Especially the Kinect games push it over the edge for me, plus new IP properties with potential like Ori and the Blind Forest and Quantum Break. I like variety.

          • Utedude

            I respect your opinion on that, and I do agree with the sentiments on Nintendo. But I actually think Sony is not far behind Nintendo and Micro has a lot of catching up to do in regards to first party studios, especially game quality. That is just my opinion, but I prefer Sony’s by a large margin. To each their own.

    • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

      The words of a Microsoft shill.

    • demfax

      There will be no parity if PS4′s stronger hardware is being pushed. In essentially every way, the PS4′s hardware is more powerful than the XBO’s. If they’re the same resolution, PS4 will have a framerate or visual effects advantage, or its stronger hardware isn’t being pushed. (see Sniper Elite 3 recently)

      Sunset Overdrive is ironic now that Phil Spencer is saying MS needs to own the IPs it funds.

      For some reason PS4 keeps selling like hotcakes despite attempts to downplay its library. All 3 consoles have good exclusive games, it’s only fanboys trying to trash one or the other and pretend it has “no gaems lolol”.

      PS4/Sony exclusives Jun-Dec: The Last of Us Remastered, Driveclub, LittleBigPlanet 3, Infamous: First Light, Samurai Warriors 4, Natural Doctrine, Guilty Gear Xrd, Singstar, Resogun DLC, and lots of indies.

      PS4/Sony exclusives 2015 (announced): Bloodborne, The Order, Ratchet & Clank Remastered, Uncharted 4, Let It Die, Deep Down, and lots of indies.

  • demfax

    “What are your thoughts on the topic?”

    As soon as this article hits n4g, prepare for a fanboy shitstorm.

    • DLConspiracy//

      Will you be leading the pack?

      • demfax

        Why would I? I’m not the one running into articles about Xbox losing money and spreading lies/FUD about Sony.

        • DLConspiracy//

          No you just run into any article to put down Xbox and explain why PS4 is better in every respect. While never admitting that the two have different things that are good/bad about them. You don’t even own an XB1 but you know all about it.

          • demfax

            You lie.

            All 3 consoles have good games and have their pluses and minuses. It’s only fanboys mindlessly trashing one or the other. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

            I’ve said this multiple times, apparently it hasn’t sunken into your shriveled fanboy brain.

            YOU are the one going into articles about Xbox and spreading lies and FUD about Sony. Not me.

          • DLConspiracy//

            I am the guy who owns both and is just tired of hearing people say Xbox one isn’t worth while. Or that without a doubt ps4 wins on all accounts. That’s my only issue with people online. NOT Sony or its PS4 that I play on. I don’t need to follow a herd to know what I prefer more. I don’t need stats or graphs or sales charts either. I don’t need a team of pixel counters to justify the negligible difference to offset my preferences of online either.

            If you had both I would probably respect your OPINION more.

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