Last week we saw the best exclusive games that the Playstation 3 has to offer, so now it’s time to see if Microsoft can match Sony with it’s exclusive titles. While some of these games are also available on the PC/Mac, if you want to play them on a console then the Xbox 360 is the platform to own.
Hot on the heels of the Kaz Hirai/Andrew House news earlier today, Sony’s announced that it’s signed an exclusive deal with developer Novarama Technology, which means the firm will only develop games for PS platforms, and as it stands now, said developer is heavily focused on bringing us PS Vita exclusives.
Forget Uncharted, Killzone, inFamous, The Last Guardian, LittleBigPlanet, GT5, Heavy Rain – and all the other countless PS3 exclusive games. Just forget them because according to Xbox 360 front man Aaron Greenberg, that’s just a small number compared to the sheer amount of exclusives that are on the 360.
Yes indeed, that’s what he said.
Via a press release, Microsoft has slung out what it calls its “blockbuster line-up” from spring and beyond. So, are these the massive, big-hitting games Redmond’s been talking about?
Find out past the break.
Microsoft is in San Fransisco holding its annual Xbox event, a venue the software firm usually unveil its biggest 360 offerings. So far, all we’ve heard come out of the show that’s been significant, is the release date of Gears of War 3, and the game’s multiplayer beta that’s happening mid-April. But senior producer of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, Kevin Unangst, has said the hardcore crowd shouldn’t be worried, as 2011 will be “an incredible year” for hardcore gamers on Xbox 360.
Last year, what you would mostly hear coming from Sony executives concerning its PlayStation brand was “It Only Does Everything”, as the company tried hard to highlight the power and prowess of the PS3 as the only machine that can play Blu-ray movies and video games at the same time, amongst other things. That was a great move because they were trying to sell hardware.
But this year, boasting the most impressive first-party lineup the industry’s ever seen, Sony’s changed its focused to promoting software, ushering in a new round of advertising, and yes, a new slogan: “Only On PlayStation”.
Sony’s had great relationships with third party developers ranging from PSone days, all the way to this current generation. But things have changed overtime, with the arrival of Microsoft into the mix, competition has become stiff – especially with the Xbox 360 leading install base between the two at the moment. So the question was posed to Scott McCarthy, senior brand manager for Sony’s MLB: The Show, whether Sony was still pursuing exclusives from third party developers. McCarthy’s answer was rather clever.
Sony’s unveiled a rather neat new feature for its PSN, one that allows gamers to vote for games in various categories, ranging from best PS3 downloadable game to best PlayStation Network exclusive game.
Hey, if you’ve got something to brag about, go right ahead and brag about it. Let the world know you’re a winner, that you’ve made it to and through college, that you married the woman of your dreams, that you’ve beaten Uncharted 2 without dying. That you’re virgin.
Sony’s bragging today, putting up a list on the US PS Blog showing off its 2011 exclusive games lineup.
I’m impressed and so will you after hitting the link.
You could say 2010 was a decent year for Sony. The company released a decent amount of exclusive content, from Heavy Rain to Gran Turismo 5, and of course, God of War 3. In the latter portion of 2010, though, Sony’s focus was laser-set on its new motion control peripheral, PS Move. And that venture’s proving to be extremely successful in the light of latest sales number the hardware giant released.
So you can say the end of 2010 wasn’t big for Sony on the exclusive games front, save GT5. But when you look into 2011, the sheer amount of content that’s getting ready to overload PS3 owners is simply mind blowing.
The analysts agree.
Just ahead of Resistance 3′s Video Game Awards big unveiling, the US PS Blog’s gone live with some shots that look rather awesome.
It only does everything claims Sony, speaking of the PS3. The system can handle Blu-Ray movies, holds up to 50GB, is more powerful than any other box on the market today, and renders in beautiful 1080p, not to mention complete stereoscopic 3D. Most importantly, however, the console is home to more blockbuster exclusive titles than the Xbox 360 and Wii combined. That’s big.
So don’t be surprised if you’re Xbox 360 owner and witness, on a constant basis, your PS3 owning friends talking up their system of choice to the heavens – because they will. As if to say, “my console’s better than yours”, you’ll hear them chat incessantly about upcoming games like Killzone 3, the yet unannounced Uncharted 3, Sucker Punch’s inFamous 2, PD’s Gran Turismo 5, MM’s LittleBigPlanet 2 and SCEJ’s The Last Guardian amongst others.
They will. And although in all honesty the Xbox 360′s arsenal’s not as vast as that of the PS3, there are a few award-winning, bestselling titles that only can be found on said console that PS3 loyalists want terribly. They want them so bad it’s gotten to a point that anytime those games are mentioned, negativity jumps out of them.
It’s like a girl who wants a guy but the only way she knows to show it is by acting like she hate his guts; when on the inside, she’s burning with love. So too, are the PS3 owners whenever these four games are mentioned.
We’re having this conversation even now. How important are exclusive, new IPs to the success of a console?
For Sony, it’s the way to go, a way that will lead the giant on a level all its own.