Xbox One vs PS4: Launch titles 
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Zoe Hawkins
August 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

When it comes to next generation consoles, I think it’s fair to say that most gamers will make their decision based on games. Sure, pretty controllers, price and creepy NSA probing may play a part in that decision, but in the end the console is for gaming. I’m sure during the life of the consoles they’ll each get awesome exclusives, but let’s see what’s coming during the launch period.

There is an important differentiation to make before we get started: launch titles for this article will include games in the “launch window”.  The Launch window includes games planned to launch between the release of the console until the end of March 2014 – some games, like Minecraft, are considered a launch exclusive for a console (PS4 in this example), but if it releases within the launch window I am including it in shared titles. Also, this is what’s confirmed at the moment – we all know launch dates can move, so don’t hate me if some of these turn out to be wrong. Games in bold will be released via retail, others will be released through Xbox Live or PSN.

Mutual Xbox One and PS4 titles:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • FIFA 14
  • Just Dance 2014
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Madden NFL 25
  • Minecraft
  • NBA 2k14
  • NBA Live 14
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Skylanders: Swap Force
  • The Crew
  • Watch Dogs
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Xbox One Exclusives

 
  • Crimson Dragon
  • Dark Dead Rising 3
  • Fighter Within
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Killer Instinct
  • Kinect Sports: Rivals
  • LocoCycle
  • Peggle 2
  • Powerstar Golf
  • Project Spark
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Titanfall
  • Zoo Tycoon
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party

PlayStation 4 Exclusives

  • Basement Crawl
  • Blacklight: Retribution
  • Contrast
  • DC Universe Online
  • Doki-Doki Universe
  • Drive Club
  • inFamous Second Son
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch
  • Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
  • PlanetSide 2
  • PlayRoom (Pack In)
  • Pool Nation FX
  • Primal Carnage: Genesis
  • Ray’s the Dead
  • Resogun
  • Super Motherload
  • The Order: 1886
  • The Pinball Arcade
  • The Witness
  • Tiny Brains
  • Warframe
  • War Thunder

I’ve gotta say, these are impressive lineups! Yes, PS4′s is padded with some indie games, but those games look pretty cool. They both have exclusives that I’m interested in. Also, they are sharing some upcoming games that look incredible. I’m mainly just excited for this new technology – these consoles will be amazing and I can’t wait to play some next-gen games already!

Which game lineup is looking more attractive to you?

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • ElimiNathan

    “Dark Rising 3″ ;) Dead Rising 3 Zoe :P

    • TiMsTeR1033

      go ZOE! spell check!

      • Her Highness the Hipster

        haha! sorry!! see what happens when geoff isn’t here to keep me in line?

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          Exactly the same thing as when he is there? lol!

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            trolololol

  • Rollingo

    Xbox One wins hands down. Titanfall is going to clean up Gamescom like it did at E3 and it maybe MS’s next-gen savior. On the other hand, you have the Xbox not being available locally which will sway many gamers the way of the PS4 regardless of exclusives.

    • Tarisma

      Wouldn’t really call titanfall a true exclusive its coming to the master race

      • John Doe

        Yeah, what a n00b Rollingo is. Getting the ‘inferior’ version and all… ;P

  • Hammersteyn

    Ryse: Son of Rome and Titanfall are the only exclusives that sticks out for me on the XBOX One. If Titanfall is a sgood as everyone predicts I will play it on my PC thanks.

    That being said The Order: 1886,Killzone Shadow Fall and inFamous Second Son has me hook line and sinker.

  • DarthofZA

    For me, the titles that stick out are from XONE:
    Dark Rising 3
    Ryse: Son of Rome
    Titanfall
    Project Spark
    PS4:
    inFamous Second Son
    Killzone Shadow Fall
    The Order: 1886

    But the most important thing you’re missing, in this launch line up, that changes everything, is PLUS.

  • Tarisma

    Ok what the fuck is octodad????

    • Hammersteyn
      • TiMsTeR1033

        Its a piece of shit game!!!!

        • Hammersteyn

          LOL I never played it so it’s good to know.

  • Tarisma

    Gees of all the exclusives I can’t really pick out any I’m dying to play. And with the PS4 being quite a bit more than I expected I may be cancelling my pre order….

  • A 2 Brute?

    Dark Rising 3??

    • TiMsTeR1033

      ZOe made a booo boo typo its Dead Rising 3

      • A 2 Brute?

        Figured as much :)

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          this is why Geoff needs to come back from Germany – miss my editor to get rid of my Americanisms and glaring errors ;)

  • CrasH

    Neither.

    Going to skip this console race and stay with the Master race.
    Desinged on a PC using the PC x86 base and the belittled to console where the hardware will get old within a year and then force all games after that to have to stay behind on technology.

    Never understood this, and yet i did buy a xbox360 and now its a glorified media center that runs streetfighter 2 now and then and some JRPG’s

  • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

    XBOX is bestest!
    Call of Duty is bestest!

    • Fus Ro John

      See the video below

  • Pieter Kruger

    JEEPERS there’s some shitty games on here!! Loco Cycle, Crimson Dragon, Octodad, more Indies than my phone can handle & the list goes on! WTF is a “Doki-Doki”? Wha ha ha!

  • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

    I hate exclusives

    • Jonah Cash

      Well the exclusives aren’t really all that wow for me… But My Watch Dogs on a PS4 sounds like a good idea!!

  • Jonah Cash

    The only game on the XBONE I would like to play is Dead Rising 3, the only game on the PS4 is Infamous…. The rest is not my cup of tea… Now the games available to both: AC4, Fifa 14 and My Watch Dogs, there is the real games!! So I want those three games more than any exclusive so I will buy the cheapest console to play them, and luckily it is also the one that I can get my hands on before 2014!! So PS4 all the way….. Can’t wait for My Watch Dogs on PS4

  • Fus Ro John
  • OVG

    The shared games make me more excited than any of the 1st party games. So the console with more game centric focus will get my vote. OH and the cheaper one will get a free OVG kiss.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      in related news, PS4 has just gotten a $200 increase in price. trollol

      • TiMsTeR1033

        you will create mass suicide like that

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Shoosh you, Xbox needs some lovin’

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I would honestly be keen on xbox if i wasnt worried about the future, I fear ps4 will later on become supreme…

          • Fus Ro John

            I was all Xbox before they actually started showing the two consoles side by side and what each had to offer. Now I believe The Timster has a valid point.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I actually do think the Kinect features could be cool for controlling everything, but seeing as I don’t own a TV it’s a moot point for me.

            There’s absolutely nothing on either list that tells me I should invest in a console & become the multi-platform whore my faithful beloved PC has always feared. ;)

          • Fus Ro John

            I own a PS3 only because someone gave it to me when they emigrated. I have to agree with you there, all the great console games are coming to PC, so we’re okay.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Exactly, and Star Citizen.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I wish I knew people that would give me their ps3…

    • Jonah Cash

      Hahaha!!! Welcome back!! See my comment above… said the same thing…. We have way too similar minds!!

      • OVG

        Thanks bro, we must have shared the same petri dish :P

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Each console only has 1 exclusive game I really like the look of, and The Order trumps Peggle.

    • Fus Ro John

      Xbox doesn’t exactly have the most exciting list there…

      • TiMsTeR1033

        its got zoo tycoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

        • Fus Ro John

          Titalfall and Forza stands out. (I like racing games, so Drive Club doesn’t really count).
          PS4 just has too many great ones…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Infamous second son gonna be great! hell the mrs saw a video of it and even she thought it was cool and thats saying something…

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Well Titanfall does look good, I’m just not interested in MP shooters.

  • Seraphim

    Reasons to get the PS4: inFamous Second Son
    Reasons to get the Xbox One: Titanfall

    So I’ll stick with PC (which is getting Titanfall) and wait for the inevitable price drop.
    Besides, I don’t want to have to discover my brand new shiny next-gen console suffers from the red ring of death or something similar.

  • Skyblue

    It’s Forza 5 that only really sticks out for me. Killzone and inFamous I’ll prob also end up playing but Watchdogs, Titanfall and BF4 are all getting purchased for PC.

  • Pieter Kruger

    Most of the Indies on PS4 list like Contrast will be timed exclusives only!

  • KingKappie

    DESTINY!!!

  • xdvd

    Infamous Second Son and Order 1886 are not launch titles (February 2014 and late 2014 respectively).

    • e1ace

      This is supposed to be a list of games in the “Launch Window”. But you are right about Order 1886.

      • xdvd

        I hear you, but the fact that I have to wait 2 to 3 months for Infamous SS just leaves me with Killzone on launch. I suppose waiting for Xbox One next year is the same thing I guess. Really looking forward to Dead Rising 3, Titanfall and Ryse.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Clearly, Nintendo has the upper hand…

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      Aw yeah!

    • robthom

      At least nintendo has original titles,
      unfortunately I’m no longer 8 years old

  • Rock789

    Must have next-gen!!! Must have!!!

  • robthom

    Consoles are so dead IMO

    Not intrigued by getting spied on by the NSA through an xbox,
    and Japanese game devs haven’t been on top of their game for a decade plus so there are no good exclusives on PS

    FPS’ on a controller is a spoof, and they’ve just got sequels to the same 5-6 mediocre games (people actually play assassins creed?!) on both consoles every year

    How much more meh could consoles get?!

    PC gaming takes a giant dump on consoles,
    which is probably why ms is trying its hardest to kill off PC’s with w8

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