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From Exclusive War To Region-Free God Of War: News Roundup September 5th

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Today's news looks at the PS3 and Xbox 360 as they battle it out to answer which console provides the best exclusives.  In other news, Microsoft claim they're selling more consoles in Europe than Sony, despite what Sony may say, and The God of War Collection is confirmed to be region-free.

Xbox 360 Exclusives And PS3 Exclusives Battle It Out

From Exclusive War To Region-Free God Of War: News Roundup September 5th

GoGamingGiant has recently taken it upon themselves to definitively state what’s better: PS3 exclusives or Xbox 360 exclusives?  To find this out they took the scores of each exclusive from both consoles, using IGN, and took an average, the overall result apparently deciding who has the better exclusives.  Additionally, games with a score below 7.5 don’t qualify, seemingly not being good enough to make the cut, and games on XBLA and the PlayStation Network will not count.

After adding up the scores for each Xbox 360 exclusive, including the likes Gears of War, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and Fable 2, the 360 has an exclusive average of 8.47.  The PlayStation average ended up at 9.24, based on games such as Infamous, Metal Gear Solid 4, and Little Big Planet.  GoGamingGiant conclude by stating “on average PlayStation 3 exclusives are higher rated than Xbox 360 exclusives.”   Seems a bit unfair when IGN is exclusively used as their basis to judge these games, rather than an aggregate result on MetaCritic.  Also, the 360 has a lot more exclusives, with a lot of these coming from third-parties, so of course the average would be lower.  [GoGamingGiant]

Microsoft Actually Selling More In Europe Than Sony

From Exclusive War To Region-Free God Of War: News Roundup September 5th

Back at GamesCom Sony announced they had sold 10 million units in Europe, only days after Microsoft revealed their total sits at 9 million.  Microsoft’s Chris Lewis disputes this, claiming the Xbox 360 still has the lead over the PS3.  “We’re confident we are actually around a million units ahead” said Lewis, following the announcement of new prices for the Xbox 360 Arcade, and Elite packs.

Lewis claimed Microsoft count their installed base figure differently from Sony.  “We count the number of units in the hands of consumers. We are committed to continuing that momentum – not only in places like the UK, France and Germany. Continued growth in all parts of Europe is integral to winning [against PS3] overall.”  [MCVUK]

The God Of War Collection To Be Region Free

From Exclusive War To Region-Free God Of War: News Roundup September 5th

The God of War Collection should be hitting North America this Christmas, while unlucky Europeans are forced as usual to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on the game.  It may come as a relief to some that Sony has announced The God of War Collection will be region-free, meaning anyone can play the game the day it’s released in America.  If your patient enough and don’t wish to import a copy, it will be officially released in Europe at the start of 2010.  [VG247]

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Gunn  Sep. 5, 2009 at 18:05

That's good news on the exclusives, albeit its a basic way to comparing. I think if anyone looks at the games for PS3, the exclusive games do really show the power of the system.
I think it is fair enough to judge against all x360 games and not just the ones that are first party. That says to me the PS3 has better exclusives overall.

As for MS saying they are ahead, they might well be, but even if it was a million it's not the most amazing gap considering how much lead time they had. Also do they count replacement x360s as part of that number??

TANDEH  Sep. 6, 2009 at 05:19

MGS will soon be multi format, PS3 might have so mostly the exclusives will be first party title or psuedo 2nd party (where the format holder has exclusive or are preffered as the single platform for a game from a thrid party).

Exclusives should not only be the factor, as multi platform games usually look and play better on the 360 (http://uk.gamespot.com/features/6201700/index.html), Xbox live is still a much better experience than PSN (You still getter much faster Downlaod times on live).

It has taken Sony a couple of years on their high horse to realise not every gamer is a tech nerd, and have only now reduced the build quality and a shaved features of the original ps3 to make the platform more viable for mass market (Nintendo knew the mass market from day one, and microsoft not much later aswell with thier Arcade system). Microsft realised what Sony did not and released a 2 or 3 tier lineup (Arcade,Pro and Elite) which catered for all tastes and pockets.

Even previous Sony exclusives such as Pro evolution soccer, actually played more smoother on the 360.

So lets be a bit objective here, people do not only buy a console for an exclusive title. In this day and age, Price is King, Features or Graphics (even) come a distant 2nd. This one of the main reasons Nintendo is winning the sales war.

Matt Bee  Sep. 6, 2009 at 10:39

"I think if anyone looks at the games for PS3, the exclusive games do really show the power of the system."

Actually I've found the exclusives on all platforms to be pretty lacklustre, so far.

Gunn  Sep. 6, 2009 at 14:29

It's been shown before that exclusive titles can shift hardware, you see plenty bundles being offered when a game comes out. GT5 will be the next game to do so.

Some Multi platform games have been shown to be marginally better on the 360 but this was due to them being development on the 360 first.

@Matt Bee,
MGS4, Uncharted, Killzone 2 have been shown to show off the power of the PS3.

Ed  Sep. 6, 2009 at 16:40

Erm, ALL PS3 games are region-free and they always have been, so why is this news?

As for the PS3 exclusives being better, well done for stating the obvious.

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