Sony showcased the new PlayStation 5 games with gameplay and trailers alongside the unveiling of the console itself. What we wondered is how many games is Sony using lock-in tactics with, oh excuse me, how many games are “PS5 exclusives” and how many games are non-exclusives, we tally them up below.
What is wrong with exclusives?
Platform exclusives are meant to lock you into a single platform or force you to buy into that platform in order to play those exclusive games. When a game is exclusive you cannot play that game with a friend online who may own a different console.
Cross-play with cross platform games makes those games more accessible to a larger audience and enables players on Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo platforms to play togehter. Imagine how many more copies of Spider-Man or Gran Turismo Sony could sell if they were available on Xbox and PC too. The ‘Future of Gaming’ as Sony likes to call it, is not about exclusives, it is about enabling gamers to play your games everywhere and on any device.
Microsoft has exclusives, but more and more of their games are spreading to other platforms and game stores too. Take for instance Halo: The Master Chief Collection, it is now available for Xbox, on PC from both the Microsoft Store and Steam.
With XCloud playing AAA titles will not be confined to specific hardware anymore. You could play Halo on an Android phone or tablet, an ARM-powered Surface Pro X, an iPad or an iPhone and even for Mac. I imagine Microsoft will push XCloud to nearly all the devices that can handle it, like Android set top boxes, smart TV’s and so on. Could you imagine if Halo Infinite was also available for PS5 alongside Xbox Series X and Xbox One. Microsoft would do something like that because that is the way they have been trending. Microsoft’s Edge browser is available for every platform, like much of its software.
PS5 Exclusive Games (10)
Spider-Man Miles Morales -PS5
Gran Turismo 7 – PS5
Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart – PS5
Returnal – PS5
Sackboy A Big Adventure – PS5
Destruction AllStars – PS5
Death Loop – PS5
Horizon Forbidden West – PS5
Demon’s Souls – PS3, PS5
Astros Playroom – PS5
Non-exclusive games (16)
Pagmata – PS5, PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Grand Theft Auto 5 – PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Project Athia – PS5, PC
Stray – PS5, PC
Kena Bridge of Spirits – PC currently, PS5
Goodbye Volcano High – PC Currently, PS5
OddWorld SoulStorm – PS5, PC
Ghostwire Tokyo – PS5, PC
Jett The Far Shore – PC currently, PS5
Godfall – PS5, PC
Solar Ash- PS5, PC
Hitman III – PS5, PC, Xbox Series X
Little Devil Inside – PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Mac, PC, Linux
NBA 2K21 – PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Bugsnax – PS5, PC
Resident Evil Village – PS5, Xbox Series X, PC
In total there are only 10 games that were shown today that are PS5 exclusives, whereas there are 16 games that are non-exclusive to the PlayStation platform.