Halo 4 for PS3
Microsoft is in a rough spot. There’s no need to rehash in great detail exactly why that is, but the long and short of it is that the PS4 came out of E3 looking like the preferred system of audiences and critics over the Xbox One.
The high price/used game/always on policies of the Xbox One put it at a disadvantage over the PS4, so obviously the system needs to come up with some counterpoints that will make fans or the undecided buy their system regardless.
At $500, Microsoft’s best bet are hardcore gamers, as people who are casually interested in game console TV tuning or Kinect-controlled Skype aren’t going to throw down that sort of cash for an Xbox One. Only gamers will.
This becomes something of an issue when both systems share many of the most popular upcoming titles, as they’re made by third party developers making the game for both systems, as well as PC and Wii U much of the time. Games like Watch Dogs, The Division, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4, The Crew, Metal Gear Solid 5 and Destiny were some of the best titles featured at the show, and all are most likely going to be available for either system.
Therefore, it comes down to exclusives, an ever-shrinking segment of the market, it seems. These days, there are only a handful of titles you simply cannot get on more than one system. Many saw PlayStation 4 at a disadvantage in this department as though they showed exclusive titles like Beyond: Two Souls, Infamous: Second Son and The Order: 1886, they were missing their biggest games. It was announced that The Last Guardian was on hiatus, and there was nothing from either Uncharted or God of War, arguably their two biggest franchises.
Microsoft did a little better. They had Forza, Sunset Overdrive, Ryse, and Project Spark. Though most of those are untested series, they did look promising. But the big two from Microsoft? Respawn Studios’ Titanfall, and an unnamed Halo title that many are assuming is Halo 5.
Titanfall is an interesting case. It’s coming to Xbox One and PC, but it’s not certain that the game will never come to PlayStation 4. Respawn is not a Microsoft Games subsidiary, and it very may well be the case the game won’t be restricted from the PS4 forever.