Yesterday Microsoft unveiled the list of games that will be available for the Xbox One when the new console launches in mid-November. Now, Sony has unveiled its PlayStation 4 “launch window” lineup, which includes titles that will be available between the system’s release on November 15 and the end of 2013.
Microsoft’s list of exclusives isn’t long. Launch games not available on the PlayStation 4 include action-adventure and tactical title Ryse: Son of Rome, racer Forza Motorsport 5, zombie hack ‘n slasher Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct, a revival of the popular Super Nintendo fighting game.
Sony is countering with first-person shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall, new racing game Drive Club, free-to-play massively multiplayer online game War Thunder, and the cartoony action-platformer Knack.
Of course, both systems will share solid third-party titles like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Madden NFL 25, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Watch Dogs.
I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. Right now, two of the most ambitious games shipping this fall — Grand Theft Auto V and Gran Turismo 6 — won’t be hitting next-gen consoles. There are also no plans to bring a new Halo, Uncharted, or Gears of War game to next-gen systems any time soon.
But given what we have here, which console do you think wins the launch battle? Or are they both epic fails?