Sorry Aaron Microsoft Just Does Not Have The “Biggest Exclusives”



If you tuned into Xbox One’s Gamescom panel and were left scratching your head at Aaron Greenberg’s Xbox has the “Biggest Exclusives” statement, then trust me you weren’t the only one. Yes the Xbox One X is a beast of a console . Yes it is a fantastic piece of hardware, but one thing which the Xbox One in general has lacked is exclusives.

Microsoft’s Marketing Manager for the Xbox, Aaron Greenberg ,  said during Gamescom 2017 that one of major reasons why Players get the Xbox One is that because of  Great Exclusives which include games like Halo, Gears of War and Forza amongst others.

He also added that Xbox One is the only place where he can play Cuphead , PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds and Forza Motorsport 7 during the upcoming Holiday season and then he went on to hype the next year which will include some major Xbox One exclusives .Such as the likes of Sea of Thieves , Crackdown 3 and State of Decay . These titles needless to say will be best utilized on the behemoth that is the Xbox One X.

Now I have no problem with the fact that Aaron Greenberg is doing all that he can to promote the new console, and in all fairness  it is a brilliant piece of hardware , and it by all accounts an engineering masterpiece. As a Marketing manager its Aaron Greenberg’s job to promote and hype the console in any way possible. However at the same time the onus of responsibility does fall on his shoulder to be a tad bit more responsible for the statements that he makes.

It’s however no secret that the PS4 has been this generations  undisputed leader when it comes to exclusives. Hence Greenberg’s  statement makes absolutely no sense , when you see the amazing offering that the PS4 has come out with in this year. With titles such as God Of War, Days Gone and The Last Of Us 2 still to come out , you wonder what players are exactly lining up to get their hands on a Xbox One exclusives?  A recent Gaming Bolt article even went on to detail the number of exclusives that the Nintendo Switch has in its launch year exceed the number of retail exclusives that Microsoft Xbox One has .

Retail exclusives have been in the years 2016 and 2017 have been limited to

  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Gears Of War 4
  • Quantum break
  • ReCore
  • Dead Rising 4
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Crackdown 3
  • Super’s Lucky Tale
  • Forza Motorsports 7

The conclusion is simple Xbox One has no exclusives which can really compete with the PS4 , you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure that part out. What’s disappointing is the fact that baring exclusives the Xbox One , and its latest incarnation the Xbox One X can really be a significant threat to the PS4. However its inability to develop exclusives has seen it lag far behind in the console wars.

A look at July’s NPD will serve as an indicator to how far behind the Xbox One X has gone, as Nintendo Switch stormed to the top of the charts backed by the release of its exclusive Splatoon 2. According to NPD analyst Matt Piscatella Sony has built an impressive lineup of games this year which has led it to outselling all other hardware. Xbox languishing in third place speaks volumes about how the lack of exclusives have affected its sales this year.

Speaking of Games , Microsoft has unveiled a list of games which will be enhanced for the upcoming Xbox One X which also includes Rise of the Tomb Raider which won’t only feature 4K resolution but also Dolby Atmos for True 3D Audio.

Xbox One X will be available on Nov. 7th for $499 in the US, although its Project Scorpio Edition is already up for Pre-Order for the same price which has already been nearly sold out. But one must wonder without exclusives how long can the Xbox One X hype last?

  • Playstation Novus

    So Sony does right Ummm let’s see nope hundreds of mediocre Japanese RPG’s more like dog poo games
    Remasters and lots of them
    Indies hahahahaha

    what’s left a few including Knack pure trash ..go wrote something else you Corporate slave ……..

    • Clate

      Thanks for the laugh. PlayStation is renowned for its killer exclusives from 1st and 2nd parties. There is a reason PlayStation outsells Xbox EVERY generation

      • Melucine

        This image is false, Thimbleweed Park is also on PS4.


          HOLLY JOLLY FUC#!!! you are right!

          The advantage grows bigger!

    • datdude

      Microsoft has silly suckers like you on the hook….the educated gamers who, you know, actually want to play great games, do so on Sony and Nintendo equipment. Xbox is for tools who don’t know any better, and are used to the bottom of the barrel scrapings.

    • J.j. Barrington

      That was a pretty pathetic comment… par for the course for you, it seems.

  • datdude

    It’s just Microsoft doing more of what they do best……lying, with a straight face.

  • Edonus

    The issue I have with these articles is they are only looking at it from a snapshot in time, they assume the consumers wants and weaponized the idea of exclusive games. Let me elaborate.

    For the first three years of this gen MS had more exclusives coming out. The media pushed the narrative of power and the pixel differences as being the reason to avoid the X1 and all those games they delivered. Now since this year Ps4 got 3 games that were delayed for a while and just so happen to line up now….. all we hear about is how exclusives are the only thing that matter. So we pay no attention to all the games they have released over the last 3 years and all the games that they will be making in the future. They act like this year this holiday are the only games thing that matters. They will make more exclusive games that is a given.

    These bias article always take the perspective of some one that buys every exclusive game and that is all they play. I am a competitive shooter fan. If you are in to those games you should have an Xbox despite how many exclusives Ps4 comes out with. This is because they don’t make the better or even enough competitive shooter games. If you are really into single player stoy games or Jrpgs the Ps4 is easily the better choice. If you like racing games and RTS (as it seems) the X1 is were you should be. Most people are not buying every game that comes out so the quantity only influences options but if you know what you are interested in it really doesn’t matter. For example if I went out and bought a Ps4 for Spider-Man it doesnt matter that they have 7 games like Puyo Puyo tetris and Godzilla because I aint buying those. Where on the other hand if MS dropping Sea Of Thieves, State Of Decay and Crackdown 3, I am buying all of those because I am community gamer.

    And as for exclusives they are not about how many you have its about exclusive experiences and MS has the best racing experiences and Shooter experiences you can get in gaming. Sony has some great interactive movie games like Uncharted, and great hack n slash game experiences. All because one has more doesn’t mean they eliminate the others. No matter how many Jrpgs Ps4 gets they will never satisfy a shooter co op fan more than Gears 4 horde mode and that what this more exclusives narrative acts like.

    It feels like MS has focused it products on a certain type of gamer and Sony has done the same but the Bias Gaming Media(BGM) ignores the pros and cons of each to push the narrative that best suits Sony…. so they can clearly not be trusted.

    • J.j. Barrington

      You’re an Xbox fanboy. That’s all that needs to be said.

      • Edonus

        Still stalking me I see……. I guess the cigarette burns your father gave you have healed now. You got the bandages off and can use a computer again.

        • J.j. Barrington

          Wow, that was your best? Nobody has to stalk you; you peddle your stupidity anywhere you aren’t banned, after all.

          • Edonus

            You sick weirdo….. do you get off on me insulting you?

            And no…. that was just a warm up. Get your lotion ready so you can really rub one out as I go in on you and your diabetic mother.

            And I am not banned from anywhere. I would only be banned for taking big sh!ts on you and other ignorant pony shills. My comments just move the conversation forward….. I don’t need people to agree or like what I am saying but you can tell you struck a chord when they are just calling you a fanboy and not addressing anything in the comment.

          • J.j. Barrington

            So you still post on n4g?

            I thought not.

            Man, you are pathetic.

  • LordCancer Kain

    the first xbox was really cool, they gave us pc parts and encouraged great pc developers to make games for xbox, they changed the console market forever. they haven’t done anything since but follow expired trends, kill studios, and trade gamers in for soccer moms. it can’t be a console war when every statement and every action clearly shows they do not consider certain types of customers profitable and will not make games for them. so why then do we even argue about specs or so called exclusives? microsoft has rather specifically chosen a select consumer base and if that is you, then you most likely already have an xbox one. if you are not one of the chosen, then you bought something else and microsoft doesn’t care, and they will never make games for you again. xbox isnt for us anymore, the last ten years have provided enough evidence of that truth.

    • Edonus

      I actually agree with you to a certain extent. MS does target a certain type of gamer but it isn’t as casual as a base as you claim because I don’t see any soccer moms on Halo 5, Gears 4, Forza or Sunset Overdrive. I don’t think them choosing a consumer base is inherently a bad thing Sony has as well, so has Nintendo.

      I think the biggest problem right now in gaming is a Bias Gaming Media(BGM) that uses the Sony model as the only mold for a pleasurable experience. By doing so they have chased consumers away from MS and Nintendo products that some of them would have fit into those models better.

  • Temjin001

    Perhaps what Aaron meant was the BIGGEST exclusives. As in, the best selling, most widely recognized exclusives. While I haven’t looked at the numbers, because I don’t have those and VG Chartz can be horribly inaccurate, I would bet he was thinking of titles like Minecraft, Forza, Halo, Killer Instinct and Gears when making this statement. Could these franchises have raked in more sales than the majority of other console exclusives, at least, PS side, over the last 5 or so years? Possibly. This would make his statement more plausible.

    Sure, most avid gamers know that the PS4 has been killing it with quality high scoring exclusives, particularly from Japan, however those good scores don’t always translate to heavy sales. I would guess the combined sales of titles like Nier, Nioh, Yakuza and Gravity Rush 2 sold less than Forza Horizon 3 had alone.

  • Andres Escobar

    I like how he keeps damage controlling the X for Playstation and then people are fans, fanboys or unintelligent if we point out media bias toward mostly favoring Playstation.