Phil Spencer has finally gone on saying that a lack of first-party Xbox One games are a weakness of the console, after the box has been out for five years. The weakness has been known almost since its release, but now it seems like it’s finally coming to the fore.
The Xbox One hasn’t had very many first-party games in it ever since the console’s release. Nearly every game that is released on it is also on the PC and the Playstation 4, and even games that are exclusive to the Xbox are still able to be played on the PC. Even normal highly popular games like Halo and Gears of War have failed to really move consoles.
Highly anticipated games like Quantum Break and Sea of Thieves have also failed to truly move consoles, especially with Sea of Thieves lacking content and both it and Quantum Break being available for the PC, rather than being entirely made for the Xbox One.
This is in stark contrast to the Playstation 4, which has a large number of Playstation-exclusive games to say nothing of a higher framerate, better resolution, and more processing power. Various games like Bloodborne, Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Uncharted 4, The Last Of Us, and more have ensured that the console is supreme this generation, in contrast to the Playstation 3 which was on the opposite side of the spectrum compared to the Xbox 360.
Spencer has previously given notice to the lack of first-party Xbox One games, saying that it’s a long-term investment in the same sort of way that the Playstation 3 barely got any notable exceptions while the Playstation 4 has a variety of masterpieces releasing for it. While this might mean that the next Xbox console could have highly-regarded exclusives in it, who knows if that’s true.
We’ll just have to wait until the next console generation to see if it all works out, and if Microsoft will actually have any first-party Xbox One games that look appealing that we can’t get on other consoles the next few E3s.