Exclusive Showdown Reveals... Pointlessness Of Exclusives

Here's something to fire your synapses on a Tuesday night: a comparison of the average review scores of Xbox 360 exclusives vs PlayStation 3 exclusives.

The figures, of course, do nothing to somehow magically settle the argument over which console has the "better" exclusives. So don't go into this expecting them to.

What they do show, however, is how fruitless the whole idea of a console exclusive is. Having yesterday heard that most prospective PS3 owners aren't picking the console up for any one game, we see today there's a very good reason for that: most exclusives just aren't worth the trouble.

According to this IndustryGamer's report, there have been 114 games put to market that are - or at one stage were - Xbox 360 exclusives at time of release. The PS3 has 54. Of those numbers, only 6 per cent of 360-exclusive games picked up a Metacritic score of over 90 per cent, while 16 per cent of PS3 games did likewise.

You'll find the bulk of them lying around the 60-80 mark, which is by no means a bad game, just not one that's worth the bravado and money exchanged in order for a game to become a console exclusive.

PS3 Outshining Xbox 360 in Exclusives Category, shows Metacritic Data [IndustryGamers]


    I'm not sure this data is relevant, nor am I sure about the other day’s data.
    Just because a game (or a catalogue of games) is not the primary mover of a console does not mean there is no impact on sales. For example the PS3 plays Blu-ray, but that can’t be considered the only reason for purchase, as if it was the purchaser was just after this they could have purchased a stand-alone Blu-ray player.
    Again today the data is overlooking part of the picture. A lot of niche games are often given poor or mixed reviews (being a niche market reviewers aren’t into them, and will tend to find it lacking), and tend not to get good metacritic scores. These games tend towards going exclusive (FF games or the Megami Tensei games on the PS2). And will still influence gamers who are a fan of the series even if the metacritic score is <80.
    When we buy a console it is the whole package that we buy into including all the console’s features the catalogue of games both exclusive and not.
    I have a PS3 bought for the built in wifi, Blu-ray, and some of the excusive games (some of which became non-exclusive), and the PSN (PS1 games mostly).
    I have been tempted to get an xb360 for some of the exclusives it has (eg Allan Wake,any number of things off the xbox live store), and even a wii for its exclusives (eg Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, No More Heroes, the upcoming Epic Micky).

    So I'd argue that exclusives do drive sales of consoles.

    That picture at the start is awesome :)

      Seconded. If the consoles can get along why not the fanboys? They could console each other in times of dire need rather than kicking their rivals while they're down.

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