The Xbox One X exclusive games list may be looking a little light this year, but Microsoft still claims it has the “biggest franchises” and “biggest exclusives”.
Despite cancelling exclusive games like Scalebound and Fable Legends, and more recently delaying Crackdown 3 until next year, Microsoft believes there are some great games coming this coming holiday season.
The questionable claims were made by Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg, who told Gamescom attendees that people choose Xbox because of its exclusives.
“People pick Xbox because we have the biggest franchises, the biggest exclusives, whether you are a fan of Halo, or Gears of War, or Forza,” Greenberg said (via Gamingbolt).
Greenberg backed up the claims by reeling off high-profile exclusives and timed exclusives like Forza 7, Battlegrounds and Cuphead.
“This Holiday, personally, I’m really excited, [because] Xbox One will be the only console where you will be able to play Forza 7, Cuphead, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which we are super excited about.”
Next year’s slate also looks promising, as the likes of Sea of Thieves and State of Decay join the games list.
“Also timed with the Xbox One X launch we have Super Lucky’s Tale coming, that’s exclusive,” he continued.
“But it doesn’t stop there, because into the Spring, we have Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3.
“So we’re basically non stop hitting our fans with more and more exclusive titles, so there will be tons of great games to play.”
It was previously suggested that first-party exclusives were the reason for Sony’s success with the PS4.
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes that while console exclusives aren’t the be all and end all, Sony games appeal to more people.
Pachter suggests that the PlayStation 4 has a more varied lineup compared to the Xbox One, which relies too heavily on shooters.
Another report also pointed out that by the end of the year, Nintendo will have released more Switch exclusives than Microsoft has managed in two years for the Xbox One.