Battle of Exclusives: Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4

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There’s no real doubt that Xbox One is currently behind PlayStation 4 in the new generation console battle. According to industry reports, for the past seven months the PlayStation 4 has had a significant lead over the Xbox One sales-wise. While Microsoft has been mum on the number of consoles they have sold, Sony has been bragging about the 10 million consoles they've sold along with the fact gamers are choosing the PS4 version of the industry's top games. 

As part of an effort to keep pace with the PS4, Microsoft snagged timed exclusive rights to the next Tomb Raider title, Rise of the Tomb Raider, for Xbox One. Exclusive games do help sell consoles. While the Tomb Raider franchise is a huge and successful series, will it be enough to sell enough Xbox One consoles to catch up to the PlayStation 4? Most likely no -- at least, not all by itself. While Rise of the Tomb Raider is a major addition to the Xbox One’s exclusive lineup, the console will need help from its other exclusive games if it wants to remain competitive sales-wise against the PlayStation 4. So the question is, as PAX Prime kicks off the huge holiday gaming season, what do the exclusives look like for each console?


In each of the consoles' first year, it looked like Xbox One would come out on top with system-sellers like Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, and Forza Motorsport 5 while PlayStation 4 had only had Infamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, a bunch of indie games, and later on The Last of Us Remastered (was anyone really super excited about Knack?). However, Microsoft's games-as-an-afterthought marketing message around the launch of the Xbox One definitely hurt it out of the gate, and Sony took advantage by catering to the hardcore gamer. Microsoft has since changed its tune and is hoping to get back in gamers' good graces over the next year.

We took a look at some of the exclusive games that each console are planning to release within the next year and put the list head-to-head. Keep in mind that this isn't a comprehensive list; it mostly consists of the big budget, high-profile, super-hyped games that drive console sales. And, of course, the release dates here can change like the wind.

UPDATE -- We're going to go ahead and bold this part because people are just skimming right by it...

In addition, we're looking specifically at console exclusivity (some of these games will also come to PC) and some of these exclusives may end up being timed exclusives, meaning a console will only have exclusivity for a set period of time before it becomes available on a competing console.

Xbox One

PlayStation 4

Halo 5: Guardians (2015) - The plot around the next game in the Halo series is still unknown for the most part but will feature the return of Master Chief along with new space marine, Agent Locke. The hype around this game will be hard to ignore. Bloodborne (2015) - In this new title by From Software, you play as a weary traveler who comes across a town that has been overtaken by a curse and caused its residents to go insane. Plus there's all types of dark and evil creatures.
Quantum Break (2015) - Remedy Entertainment, the team behind the Alan Wake franchise, have returned with a new game that allows players to control the time and space continuum. Now that an evil corporation has found out that the player and his comrades have these powers, they're on the run. The Order 1886 (2015) - A third person shooter set in an alternate 1800s London that features werewolf-like monsters, blimps, and weapons born of the industrial revolution.
Forza Horizon 2 (2014) - Following up on the success of Forza Horizon, the sequel takes the Horizon Festival to France and Italy with more than 200 cars that include Lamborghinis, McLarens, and Ferraris. Driveclub (2014) - This is a new racing game more in the vein of Grid 2 than Gran Turismo and is based around teams controlled by the players. Players can join a team, manage a team, and compete against other teams.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) - The sequel to 2012's Tomb Raider reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive for the Xbox One and picks up where 2012's game left off. Uncharted  4: A Thief’s End (2015) - One of Sony's flagship titles, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End takes place a few years after the events of Uncharted 3 where Nathan Drake has retired from fortune hunting but is called upon to solve a mystery revolving around a mythical pirate treasure.
Scalebound (TBA) - Platinum Games, the developer behind Bayonetta, is working on Scalebound, a game that takes place in a world full of dragons, serpents… basically anything with scales. Until Dawn (2015) - Originally meant for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Move, Until Dawn is a survival horror game that's based on your favorite '80s horror flick. Eight teenagers head up to a cabin in the woods to remember a fallen friend unaware that a serial killer is hunting them.
Project Spark (2014) - Like LittleBigPlanet, this is a create-your-own-game title but unlike LittleBigPlanet it's a third person, open world with more power to create and detail the landscapes and characters. LittleBigPlanet 3 (2014) - LittleBigPlanet, everyone's favorite cute, make-your-own-game platformer, returns with new friends for Sackboy and new tools to build with. Each new character has their own unique ability which contributes to the teamwork required to get past certain challenges.
Crackdown 3 (2015) - Although it won't be called "3," this is the third game in the series that takes place in the future of the first game and an alternate timeline of Crackdown 2. That's all we got. Silent Hills (2015) - During Gamescom we found out that Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are teaming up for a relaunch of the Silent Hill series starring Norman Reedus.  UPDATE: The playable teaser trailer was exclusive to PS4 but, as pointed out in the comments below, we don't know if the same will be true of the full game.
Fantasia: Music Evolved (2015) - Inspired by the short, The Sorcerer's Apprentice in Disney's 1940 film Fantasia, Fantasia: Music Evolved is a dance/rhythm game that utilizes the Xbox One's Kinect. No Man’s Sky (2015) - It's an ambitous, open-universe space flying game that takes you to a variety of colorful planets inhabited by a wide array of creatures. It's all about exploration.
Fable Legends (2015) - Fable Legends takes place 500 years before the first game and features a collection of heroes on a search for an ancient artifact called the "moon on the stick." Their journey turns into an adventure. DayZ (2015) - What started off as a mod for Arma 2 spun off into a successful alpha-test and is now headed to PlayStation 4 as a possible timed exclusive full game. You play as a survivior of a zombie apocalypse where you're forced to find food, water, shelter, and avoid the zombies (and humans) roaming the world.
Sunset Overdrive (2014) - From the creators of the Ratchet & Clank franchise, Sunset Overdrive is a third person shooter that takes place in fictional Sunset City where players are tasked with battling humans who turned into monsters after drinking a toxic energy drink. Ratchet & Clank (2015) - The duo makes their return in 2015 with a reworking of their origin story that follows an animated film along the same storyline.

How do you think the two lists stack up? Leave your thoughts in the comments.