PS4 games news boost will hurt Xbox One X where it hurts in 2018

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The PS4 games list for 2018 is bad news for Xbox One fansSONY / MICROSOFT

CONSOLE WARS: The PS4 games list for 2018 is bad news for Xbox One fans

The list got a big boost at E3 2017, with four exclusives – Spider-Man, Days Gone, God of War and Detroit: Become Human – all confirmed for release during 2018.

However, the vast majority of Xbox One exclusives coming out are penciled in for on or before the Xbox One X release date of November 7.

Big name exclusives Forza Motorsport 7 and Crackdown 3 will all be released on the day the Xbox One X launches.

Super Lucky Tale, only for Xbox and Windows, will also launch then.

However, the exclusive line-up in 2018 is looking much slimmer.

Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 are penciled in for next year, but with no confirmed release date.

Microsoft did announce another exclusive – the stunning looking Ori and the Will of the Wisps – at E3, but no release date or release window has been confirmed.

The outlook for the rest of this year also does not make good reading for Xbox One fans.

While Xbox One fans will get Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, Cuphead and Super Lucky Tale, the PS4 exclusive release schedule is looking quite full.

PS4 and PS4 Pro owners get to look forward to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, GT Sport, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Ni No Kuni 2, Yakuza Kiwami and Knack 2, among others.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently revealed that Microsoft do have a number of Xbox One exclusives in the pipeline.

However, they chose not to reveal them at E3 2017 as they didn’t want to show the games too early.

He said: “Our first party is a critical part of that equation. Yesterday, I know people want to see what we’re investing in new.

“We are investing in new things, we signed things just recently that I thought, ‘Hey, from a PR standpoint it would be really easy for me to put a trailer on screen’, but then I know the game is not coming for another two and half or three years, so I didn’t want to do that.”

He also responded to anyone suggesting that revealing those exclusives now would help breed confidence in the future of Xbox.

Speaking to Waypoint, he said: “I understand some people would say, ‘Hey, that would give me confidence in the future of Xbox’… This is a cheesy line, but I’ll just say, trust that this is important to us as a platform.

“From the top CEO of the company down, if you talked to Satya [Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO] he would say ‘I understand, we need to invest in content in the gaming space’.

“That is important and we are going to invest. We have Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Lucky’s Tale, Ori and the Will of the Wisps…But I know what you’re asking about. Big, triple A console games, I hear that and I’m committed to that.

“Today I wanted to talk about things that if you’re going to buy the console you will be able to play, but I’ll continue to work to deliver games. We did on hardware, we did on platform and [backward] compatibility and we will do this on first-party as well. It is critically important.”

Nintendo were one gaming giant to reveal a number of exclusive Switch games early at E3, including Metroid Prime 4 and a brand new Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch.

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