If you ever wanted to know the definition of the word ‘domination’, look no further at the gaming industry and what PlayStation is doing to its competitors right now. From the beginning of this generation, Sony has played its part almost perfectly. It is a great time to be a gamer and most of it is because of what the PlayStation doing for us. Sony designed its console to be future proof, laid down the foundations for what is to come and whilst it started off a little slow, which is somewhat understandable at the beginning of a new generation of consoles, it has more than made up for it by showing such incredible momentum that the notion of any of its competitors even matching its performance seems like sheer folly. So how has PlayStation managed to do that and what does this spell for Xbox and others trying to go toe to toe with the Muhammad Ali of gaming?

Greatness Is Here

Oh how things have changed from a few years ago. A couple of years ago in June, myself and Ilyas went toe to toe in the debate regarding PlayStation 4 exclusives versus those on the Xbox One. Safe to say, the PS4 didn’t fare all that well because, quite frankly, we were all waiting for the ‘greatness’ Sony had been alluding to for so long. The video below may serve as hard viewing, mostly because of my trolling but saved by Seif’s crisp eating antics but the point was clear; for all the sales domination and thorough battering the PlayStation 4 was handing out to the Xbox One, the disparity in the availability of the two competing platforms didn’t reflect the one-sided nature of Sony’s gains.

Rightly so, PlayStation was called out for its relatively mute start compared to all the noise it was making. Fast-forward two years on and the situation has completely changed. Sony has done its followers proud, by holding up to its covenant that ‘Greatness Awaits’ and proving without doubt that it truly is ‘For the Players’. How has it done that? Simple. By doing what it should be doing and that’s delivering the games.

Why can’t I hold all these exclusives?

Quite possible the best looking game ever made. Ever.

Quite possible the best looking game ever made. Ever.

Exclusives matter, regardless of whether you believe or have heard otherwise. A sizeable chunk of the value proposition of a console is based on what unique content it can deliver to its users. Microsoft completely threw that out of the window  when it stopped making exclusives for its Xbox console and allowed the games to come out to PC. Exclusives are the key differentiator between the competing machines aside from things like the power within these machines. The PlayStation 4 is home to some of the most critically acclaimed games and there are no signs of it slowing down. Take a look at the list below:

  • Uncharted 4
  • Bloodborne
  • Nioh
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Nier: Automota

Plus it benefits from other more niche games that have received great critical reception such as:

Then take a gander of the greatness of the titles that are to come:

  • Shenmue 3
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • The Last of Us 2
  • Spider-Man
  • Days Gone

Looking at the above, we are looking at PlayStation 2 levels of domination here whereby you really need to get a PS4 console otherwise you’re missing out on the best this generation of gaming has to offer.

Help Me Cortana

The Xbox's woes are all self-inflicted.

The Xbox’s woes are all self-inflicted.

Like Cortana in Halo 5: Guardians went AWOL, so did the exclusives and proposition of the Xbox One, the closest competitor to the PlayStation 4. Whilst the Xbox has done well to come back from its critical condition post launch, where it showed everyone a masterclass tutorial in committing sepuku albeit without the ‘honour’ that traditionally accompanies the act, it is being completely outclassed by its competition and just observing its attempts at fighting back is like watching a game of chess between Stephen Hawking and Kanye West, with the ever so chatty Mr. West representing team Xbox with all its loud proclamations being increasing nonsensical and less grounded in reality as the days go by.

What does the Xbox have other than the most powerful console on Earth but without any games?

In fact, the struggles of the Xbox and desperation with which its trying to level the playing field speaks volumes of just how decisively PlayStation has been eclipsing all of its so-called competitors. Microsoft is banking so hard on its new powerhouse console, code-named Scorpio, that it appears to have forgotten that the console will actually need games to make it a worthwhile purchase with the most-like hefty price that this ‘premium’ console will fetch. Lets take a look at what 2017 has in store for Xbox:

  • Halo Wars 2
  • Crackdown 3 (no release date)
  • Sea of Thieves (no release date)
  • State of Decay 2 (no release date)
  • Cuphead (no release date)

2017- The Pivotal Year

Pretty woeful isn’t it? If Ilyas and I were to have a debate, and if I was foolish enough to take the unenviable task of championing Xbox in this instance,  I would be the one ending up stabbing myself (hopefully with some honour). However, Stockholm Syndrome hasn’t actually set in yet and I can clearly see a winner when I see one and Xbox isn’t it.

The PlayStation 4 is leading the way and I strongly compel you to jump in

Even Nintendo is leaving its mark in 2017 with the incredible Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Even Nintendo is leaving its mark in 2017 with the incredible Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I truly believe 2017 is going to be the pivotal year for this generation of games. The fact that PlayStation 4 has so strongly and decisively hit its stride in this year will only further cement its already pre-determined victory. Heck even Nintendo has its own claim to 2017 with the release of the Nintendo Switch and the absolutely incredible Zelda: Breath of the Wild (reviews for the console and game will be coming soon) sitting at a mighty metacritic score of 98 in its hands along with Super Mario Odyssey on its way. What does the Xbox have other than the most powerful console on Earth but without any games anyone actually cares about? You cannot afford to be MIA in 2017 if you are in the console race and that’s precisely what Xbox appears to be. E3 will reveal whether or not it drowns or comes up gasping for air.

The Future is PlayStation

If you haven't jumped in on the PlayStation train, do so now!

If you haven’t jumped on the PlayStation train, do so now!

Make no mistake; PlayStation needs competition. Just look at PlayStation’s own self-flagellation during the PS3 days when it rode high on arrogance and over-confidence much to the detriment of itself and its fans. It was quickly put in its place by the Xbox just like Xbox has been bitch-slapped by the PlayStation this generation. Sony’s financial struggles in other markets has resulted in its PlayStation brand being its most valuable and crucial one, almost holding the company afloat. Therefore, don’t expect Sony to rest on its laurels because the pressure isn’t so much coming from the competition but within itself. Expect quality to follow through even if its competition doesn’t step up to the plate.

we are looking at PlayStation 2 levels of domination here

If you are a gamer who is not a fan of the PlayStation you really need to reconsider otherwise. Unless you have very specific tastes that render the myriad of different quality titles available on the PlayStation somehow redundant to you, you are missing out. The PlayStation 4 is leading the way and I strongly compel you to jump in if you haven’t already done so.

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Gaz

Proprietor of www.gameondaily.com and a die-hard gaming fan since I was old enough to hold a controller.

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9 Responses

  1. Theodore Marvin "Ted" DiBiase says:

    When you look at sales and the upcoming games this year, I agree with your article but for me the real question is how have Microsoft allowed this to happen?

  2. RobTheSlob says:

    No games on xbox and they already announced they are giving up on xbone one. Scorpio is not out, When it come out it will kill ps4. But again its not out. It also better kill ps4 for being released 3 or whatever years after it. Horizon zero dawn is amazing. PS4 really is killing it. Even old remasters on ps4 are better than what microsoft is putting out.

  3. Realgamer says:

    Shure dude, what ever you say. Dream on, better, get a life, cous you fanboyism is just painfull.

  4. angh says:

    Nice read. Scorpio is only 50% faster than ps4 pro, sam difference as between ps4 and xbox one. This didn’t really affect sales then (stupid drm policy from MS affected it much more), so scorpio won’t change much either in the end of the year.
    The only thing gamers are looking for are games. With the playstation lineup there is simply no reason to not get ps4. With the xbox lineup there is no reason to forget it and buy PC instead.

  5. N4PSFanboys says:

    All i see are shitty japanese games that dont sell. Scorpio will make Horizon gfx look like PS2 lmao. PS fanboys are crying about Zelda becos it bashed Horizon. Petty ppl. Stop sucking off ponies author

    • datdude says:

      And look at this one. Guaranteed his mommy still wipes his bottom. Typical. Poor thing.

    • NotAFanBoy says:

      I don’t get your argument.

      2017 is definitely the year Sony makes its biggest mark for this generation of gaming. Xbox is slowly withering away and with the Scorpio not having any exclusives launching with it, it’s going to hurt after its launch. I want MS to succeed because it’s healthy for the industry. More competition makes for better innovation.

      I’m really looking for a reason to power up my Xbone S…..But as of right now, it’s collecting dust while I’m playing Horizon, Ni-oh, Nier: Automata, Gravity Rush 2 and Yakuza 0.

      P.S. – Horizon outsold Zelda by almost 3:1 in just last week. Even though it Launched 2 days before Zelda, Zelda is selling on two different platforms…

      • Theodore Marvin "Ted" DiBiase says:

        I think he is referring to the ratings. The sales don’t really impact my enjoyment of the game. I haven’t got around to buying Horizon yet but I have started on Zelda.

        Also on sales, the PS4 benefits greatly from a much bigger user base, I would be very surprised if a console exclusive with a user base probably 30:1 to Nintendo Switch/Wii U (guessing numbers here) doesn’t massively outsell Zelda.

        That said, I’m not saying which is better (Zelda or Horizon), I haven’t played both yet so I am not in a position to comment. The original point of this article about the PS4 dominating I completely agree with, especially if you look at the up coming games this year.

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