Sony’s 2015 Console Exclusives and What it Means for Nintendo and Microsoft
Sony has spent a lot of time in 2014 talking about all of their 2015 console exclusives. 2015 will surely be a good year to be a PlayStation 4 owner, especially with the new partnership with Capcom bringing Street Fighter V exclusively to Sony’s console and the PC market. Although currently if you are looking for exclusives, the PS4 is not the preferred console this holiday season. Microsoft and Nintendo have had many significant releases such as Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Super Smash Bros for the 3DS and the Wii U. Sony has been using its momentum from its initial release to claim dominance over its competitors. However, after Microsoft dropped the Kinect and lowered its price point on its system to match the PS4 they took away Sony’s trump card and leveled the playing field for the big three (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo). This made the console wars not about the systems price or specs anymore, but purely about games. Microsoft and Nintendo have been the underdogs all year and still are decently far behind Sony when it comes to system sales but are gaining on them fast. In November and December Microsoft dropped the price on the Xbox One even further for a limited time to $349.99 to continue to gain on Sony to even out the console sales for 2014. During the end of the year and so far this holiday season both these companies are making a comeback, however Sony continues to announce more and more exclusives making their 2015 console exclusives a force to be reckoned with.
At E3 this year Xbox division head, Phil Spencer, stated that their (Microsoft) stage presentation was going to be “all about games,” and they delivered. The second half of 2014 brought about numerous quality exclusives from Microsoft that rivaled its predecessor. Nintendo also had a great year releasing mega hits such as Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2, and Super Smash Bros. These games moved many systems for Nintendo who have been struggling over the last two years to sell their next-gen console. Now that the playing field has been leveled and the year comes to a close the console wars will begin anew with the birth of the New Year. Now exclusives are very important every year, but now that all the companies have consoles with similar price points 2015 will truly be all about games.
Since the release of the PlayStation 4, Sony has been creating partnerships will many major developers and buying up exclusives like the New York Yankees. Gaining Street Fighter exclusively for the PS4 is a huge win and surely has Microsoft and Nintendo shaking in their boots. With other heavy hitters like Uncharted 4, God of War, Bloodborne and indie sensation: No Man’s Sky, Sony will once again be the company to beat with console exclusives. And that is not even mentioning Project Morpheus which is rumored to have a 2015 release as well.
Nintendo has a great lineup prepared for 2015 as well with a new Legend of Zelda game in the works, a third person shooter Splatoon, Codename S.T.E.A.M. for the 3DS, and Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U, which has been making RPG fans drool since E3. Microsoft needs to have an even better year than they did in 2014 to keep their head above water. Their golden goose Halo 5: Guardians alone will not be enough to stop the barrage of console exclusives from Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft has a few pretty solid 2015 console exclusives such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quantum Break, and Scalebound from Platinum Games, which is a reason enough to own an Xbox One, assuming it lives up to the hype. But the story remains the same for Microsoft in 2015 as it was in 2014. They have the cards stacked against them. Because more than any other year, in 2015 exclusives will matter.
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