Now Loading…Games Coming to PC but Not Rival Platforms – Exclusives or Console Exclusives?

In this week’s entry of Now Loading, we talk about a topic that’s been debated quite a few times within the PlayStation LifeStyle staff, and that’s the term “exclusive.” By exclusive, we mean the way exclusive video games; the kind that are one of the main selling points of a console and why you should pledge your allegiance to it (or something to that effect).

When we were set to roll out our first Versus episode of the year, which was about confirmed “full exclusive” coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this year, some on staff argued that games coming to PC but not to Xbox One should be in the list (read: Street Fighter V, The Witness, etc.). And if this happened, of course, the Xbox One will also get its fair share of added games (Halo Wars 2, Fable Legends, etc.). However, the staff was split! Some said it was OK for games that are appearing on PS4 and PC to be tagged as an exclusive, while others remain adamant that it should be “console exclusive” — a phase which Sony itself uses now.

It got so confusing for us that I asked feedback on Twitter, with the outcome essentially being a tie. When I finally had to make a big decision on our Versus video’s title, I went with “full exclusive” just to make sure people wouldn’t get confused, which kinda still didn’t work with some commenters. 

Well, in this week’s Now Loading, that’s exactly what the staff weighs in on. Read on for the staff’s differing opinion on the matter.

Are the console and PC markets so different that consoles don’t see PCs as competition? If so, then, the term “exclusive” should apply to a PS4 game not coming to Xbox One but coming to PC, right? But doing that opens up a whole new can of worms. 

Who do you think is right? Should we start using “console exclusives” from now on? Leave a comment and be heard, people! This might affect how we call exclusives here on PSLS!

Now Loading is a recurring staff-driven feature where PlayStation LifeStyle discusses anything video game-related under the sun (yes, even non-Sony platforms).

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