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Exclusives: Sony's loss, Microsoft's gain

Chris Kohler of Wired magazine recently took a moment to list exclusives that Sony has lost to Microsoft. Perhaps the most intriguing titles on the list are GTAIV and Assassin's Creed, both of which were offered as exclusives to Sony. Sony didn't pursue the titles as exclusives, and two major titles became simultaneous releases for multiple platforms. Another interesting story is Beautiful Katamari which began as a mutliplatform title and is now slated only for Xbox 360. Finally, according to the article, Metal Gear Solid 4 on 360 is only a matter of time. The article is a decent read and serves as a good conversation starter (without even considering once Sony-only franchises like Ace Combat). It begs the question: are console exclusives as important as they once were?

Console exclusive titles have historically been very important in the video game industry. One need only look back at the incredible success of Grand Theft Auto III (originally available only for the Playstation 2) to see that one great game can move consoles off of store shelves and into gamers' homes. Halo, for example, was Microsoft's killer app for the Xbox, and it went a long way toward securing the hardcore base that the Xbox still enjoys today. However, as game design becomes more complex and consequently more expensive, developers are much more concerned with getting a return on their investment. This fact has likely become more apparent to Sony over the last year or so, as more and more previously exclusive titles are finding their way to the Xbox 360. Still, even with the rising cost of development, it seems Microsoft has managed to snag its fair share of exclusives like Dead Rising, Dead or Alive 4, and Gears of War. There are more on the way too: BioShock, Alan Wake, Mass Effect, Halo 3 and many others. Whether or not these games are enough to sway gamers from a PS3 purchase remains to be seen. They certainly make a powerful argument.

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7-04-2007 @ 11:31PM

JJ said...

Well as of right now the current games i enjoy on my 360 are smackdown 2007, Samurai Warriors 2 and Overlord.

I had more but i traded em all in at the local game crazy because outside of smaurai warriors and smackdown 07, i dont play anything else very much on my 360. But i do play smackdown or Warriors almost everyday, and i really enjoy overlord which i just picked up.

as for my PS3, I play RFOM (mostly because of friends), Motorstorm (Same reason), Virtua Fighter 5 and recently i picked up darkness which i also enjoy quite a bit, t hat said i spend a lot of my PS3 time playing PS2 RPGs like Rogue Galaxy, SHin Megami Tensei, Odins sphere and so on.

as for my Wii, i'm afraid its the least played system of the 3 at this time, i usually only turn it on for VC games or to play games with my girlfriend, but i do have Wii Play/Sports and Super paper mario, but i am looking into getting RE4 possibly in a few days if i have free time to play it.

and i apologize if i made assumptions as to what you said, i may have gotten a bit defensive and i apologize for that, but my position still remains the same, i dont want to see any of the 3 companies go out of business. As i enjoy all 3 systems the companies put out


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