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MS and Sony: Exclusives aren't important

MS and Sony: Exclusives aren't important

Platform exclusives are no longer a driving force in the market, says Microsoft and Sony.

There was a time, back with the original Xbox and the PlayStation 2 and Gamecube, when platform exclusives were the most important thing about a console. It was a time when you invested your cash solely on the basis of which games you liked the look of - were you such a Resident Evil fanboy that you'd go for a Gamecube over an Xbox, or did Metal Gear Solid rock your boat more towards the PlayStation 2?

Nowadays though, exclusives aren't such a big deal - or at least, that's what Sony and Microsoft reckon based on the current sales trends.

Xbox Germany product manager Boris Schneider-Johne echoed comments made by PlayStation Europe boss David Reeves last week, saying that platform exclusives were no longer a driving force in the market.

"In the past, in the eighties and nineties, that was a major issue. I remember the big ‘Mario vs. Sonic’ debates. What we see today is that the influence of exclusive titles on the sales curves becomes ever smaller,” said Boris in a recent interview with Golem.de.

In addition, we are in a situation that there is a head-to-head race on several consoles and that nobody is super clear in leadership - especially in matters of the PlayStation 3 against Xbox 360.

Given the production costs of the games, it is hardly possible for developers to commit itself exclusively to someone. Now Sony makes its own games for the console, we make our own games for the console. The titles are exclusive, as they are also attempts turnout the best of the console, but someone like Electronic Arts or Activision can have a business model of rarely developing for a console exclusively. Therefore, the exclusive title is a little less important.

Hm, fair does then. The question is though, what is important to you when you choose a platform these days? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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sandys 3rd September 2008, 12:18 Quote
I'm sure they hold some importance, I know for me the only reason I bought my Xbox/Xbox360 was PGR as I was an MSR fan and I couldn't get these on other platforms though I suppose I bought buggerall else bar Forza for these platforms really so not their ideal consumer.
hodgy100 3rd September 2008, 12:21 Quote
where did they get that from :/ i got my ps3 based on what games are coming out for it.
[USRF]Obiwan 3rd September 2008, 12:26 Quote
Ok... so.. eh.. when does RE5 comes to the PC then?
biebiep 3rd September 2008, 12:40 Quote
Rofl

After the announcement from Epic Megagames that Gears of War 2 is a Xbox360 only title, they come up with this... ludicrous!
Jordan Wise 3rd September 2008, 12:47 Quote
So, are they gunna share Halo then? Didn't think so.
Sebbo 3rd September 2008, 12:55 Quote
i don't think its so much that exclusive games aren't playing a large part, but more that people are now owning multiple consoles. myself and many of my friends game on at least 2 platforms, and a few even have all 4 (PC, 360, PS3 and Wii), whereas if you go back a few years many people only owned one console
Narishma 3rd September 2008, 13:23 Quote
biebiep: Gears of War 2 won't sell new Xbox360s. Those who are interested in the game already have one.
wuyanxu 3rd September 2008, 13:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Narishma
biebiep: Gears of War 2 won't sell new Xbox360s. Those who are interested in the game already have one.
im interested in the game, and i only have it on PC.

they are just selling it to make the public think MS or Sony aren't paying big moneys for exclusive, but in actual fact, every exclusive they have to pay for is probably worth just as much as selling for multi-platform.
Aterius Gmork 3rd September 2008, 14:33 Quote
How about Halo 2+3 for the PC then? Or even better - Conquer Live & Reloaded.
sotu1 3rd September 2008, 15:12 Quote
ok so the important question is: if exclusives aren't the key factor to deciding which console to buy (and imo they are) then what is?

currently i can only think of a few factors:
Blu ray compatability
RROD avoidance
how much you like to waggle a stick
Buzzons 3rd September 2008, 15:46 Quote
money?

I know a lot of people that went for the 360 due to the PS3 costing too much ...

Overall game list?

Most games on the PS3 are rubbish
devdevil85 3rd September 2008, 17:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by sotu1
ok so the important question is: if exclusives aren't the key factor to deciding which console to buy (and imo they are) then what is?

currently i can only think of a few factors:
Blu ray compatability
RROD avoidance
how much you like to waggle a stick
How about how much the console costs. How long the console will be supported (content/firmware-wise). Is there support for wired or wireless peripherals? What is the cost of online play & extra peripherals. Does it support open-standards. Is there backwards compatibility? What are the quality/quantity of games? Is there an ability to browse the internet or install another OS for the use of other functions.

The list could go on.
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Originally Posted by Buzzons
Most games on the PS3 are rubbish
Really. Please explain.
Solidus 3rd September 2008, 22:51 Quote
What they say hold "some" truth but exlusive titles are important too. I got the xbox 360 because I wasnt impressed with the ps3's lineup or the hardware as it seems some games were badly coded on it (pro evo 08 for example, yet its fine on the xbox 360)

If there is anything that drives me to get a ps3 then thats metal gear solid and that alone.

The xbox has Gears of War and Halo and everything eles is pretty much multi-platform anyways.

Exclusives are important - it just depends how good they are really, I wouldnt be surprised if Gears Of War 2 increased xbox 360 sales a fair amount as that game is going to blow people away I reckon...
themax 4th September 2008, 02:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Buzzons
money?

I know a lot of people that went for the 360 due to the PS3 costing too much ...

Overall game list?

Most games on the PS3 are rubbish

I'm speechless. Someone actually pulled that old hat trick.


Very few games were coded poorly on the PS3, all of the consoles have their bad eggs like that. Look at Supreme Commander for Xbox 360.
Horizon 4th September 2008, 03:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by themax
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Look at Supreme Commander for Xbox 360.

I know that one still makes me chuckle, what were they thinking? Anyone with half a brain could have seen that it was like trying to stuff an elephant into a miata.
notatoad 4th September 2008, 04:20 Quote
sounds like they're sick of paying developers so much for exclusives, and trying to drive the price down.
RedDethX 4th September 2008, 10:32 Quote
Really sad to hear that, but I don't buy it. If that was the case, both the PS3 and 360 would have the same games, and I wouldn't need to own both consoles, but it's not like that at all.
Skiddywinks 4th September 2008, 14:10 Quote
All a load a bull poop.

I bought a 360 because I liked the look of Gear's gameplay, and Resistance's gameplay did not suit me.

I bought the 360 because I love the Halo games, and MS constantly pump out games that seem catered for me, and that can only be had on the 360.

What planet are these people on?
roshan 5th September 2008, 04:04 Quote
That means most of the games will reach pc ultimatly.Thats good news for Pc gamers
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