January 31, 2023

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Xbox is the queen of new IPs, but it lacks PlayStation-style exclusives – Multiplayer.it

Xbox She is undoubtedly a queen new intellectual property: In 2022 Four Against Zero launched from Sony and Nintendo, but to Microsoft’s console catalog so far PlayStation-style exclusives are missing: great narrative experiences in a single player, able to drive sales measurably and set the platform apart strongly.

It’s the Redmond house itself that admits it: the company recently told an antitrust authority that Sony has more exclusive games, many of them of better quality: a stance that comes from afar, from the days of Matrix management, but for any of them Xbox continues to pay the price Despite the various acquisitions made so far.

Look at the acquisitions: What have they brought back into the Xbox catalog so far? Psychonauts 2 and a little more. There are Playground Games working on Fable but it’s still going to take years to see, Ninja Theory who announced Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 very early and still out on the high seas, finally getting to Starfield and Redfall which won’t arrive until the next year.

We’re also talking about titles that will barely be able to compete on the same ground as The Last of Us, God of War, Horizon, Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man, Uncharted, Final Fantasy, and Death Stranding, just to name a few. Exclusively from Sony Focuses on a narrative-based single-player system.


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So let’s get back to discussing new intellectual property and the innovation value it undoubtedly brings to Catalog Xbox Game Passthe last service without which it would not have been possible to see the birth of certain projects, Pentiment in primis.

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Countless times we have had very positive words towards you Convenience From this digital platform, though, its unscrupulous “all you can play” approach has greatly affected users’ perception of full price, which has thus become a luxury that few products can afford. In short, credit to Microsoft, which from this point of view provides a useful service to the gaming industry, allowing many users to discover games that they otherwise would not have been interested in watching. However, and it must be reiterated, filling the entire annual collection with only standalone content or small experiences wouldn’t allow Xbox to bridge the gap that separates it from PlayStation.

So we hope that 2023 will finally be the good year, the year in which the Game Pass catalog is filled with ambitious and thick experiences, in proportion to the most important productions, and in which the Xbox Series X will cease to be the game console. Backlogs and indie clubs at €9.99 per month: After more than two years, it will be too late.

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