A recent rumor coming from Russian journalist Anton Logvinov claims that the Xbox Series X, or whatever name you want to call it, will have more exclusives than the PlayStation 5. He says that Microsoft will launch its next-gen console with 12 to 16 titles, while Sony will have nothing new for its fifth iteration on the PS. The PS5 will only have PS4 games that get ported over with some upgrades to performance and graphics.
Logvinov has a series of rumors he has put out into the world in the past. He has been right on some like Death Stranding coming to PC, which is correct. Still, he has been wrong before, so take this how you will.
This last-generation, which started in 2013, had Sony in the lead due to its successful exclusives like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. The company continues in 2020 with The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima. Xbox got criticized in the beginning over some restrictions on the Xbox One like having to stay online and then there was the lack of heavy-hitting games like the not well-received Ryse: Son of Rome and the bomb that was Dead Rising 4, then more recently there was the problems with Crackdown 3.
For this year, Xbox has adjusted its focus by changes with its service. Xbox Games Pass has been successful, along with endeavors with PC gaming. That is the other reason to take this rumor with a grain of salt as the company has moved mostly away from exclusives on its platform. Phil Spencer has consistently spoken about letting gamers play anywhere on the most powerful machines, which could be the case next year when the new generation begins.
One piece of evidence does support the Russian journalist’s claims. Microsoft has acquired four studios with the building of a brand new company that allows for more resources to develop exclusive games. Those developers consist of The Initiative in Santa Monica and are being headed by Darrell Gallagher from Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider), Undead Labs who created State of Decay, Playground Games the UK based minds who helped bring Forza Horizon to life, Ninja Theory which worked on Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Canadian developer Compulsion Games that worked on We Happy Few.
“We are committed to building an industry-leading first-party studios organization,” Xbox chief Phil Spencer said at the end of the Xbox press conference in 2018. “And as you saw earlier, we are making one of our greatest single-year investments in teams by adding five new creative studios. We have committed our team, our company, our technical resources, so we can declare to you today, and next year, and all of the years after that, you will always experience the best of gaming on Xbox.”
To further backup Spencer, earlier this year, head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty spoke about acquiring independent studios to create a lineup of titles for Xbox Series X, at the time referred to as Project Scarlett.
The biggest exclusive that we know of coming from Microsoft will be Halo Infinite. Until then, let’s all keep our eyes and ears open for E3 next year when most likely, Xbox will deliver either the 12 to 16 games or prove that Logvinov wrong.
Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will launch holiday 2020.
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