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Xbox One vs. PlayStation: Launch Line-Up Fight

We put the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch line-up's up against one another. How do they stack up?

By Mike Williams. Published 7 months ago

With today's Gamescom announcements, we finally have a full launch line-up for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The PlayStation will be launching in North America on November 15, while the Xbox One is still on a fuzzy November 2013 release window. Microsoft has released a list of 23 titles on that will be available on launch day, while Sony is touting 33 titles that will be released in the PS4's launch window, which stretches until the end of December 2013. Of those 33 games, Sony has named 15, with another having already been confirmed at the press event today.

PlayStation 4 Launch Window

  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4 (EA)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
  • Driveclub (SCE)
  • FIFA 14 (EA)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (SCE)
  • Knack (SCE)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Madden 25 (EA)
  • NBA 2K14 (2K Games)
  • NBA Live 14 (EA)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (EA)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Activision)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)

Xbox One Launch Day

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
  • Crimson Dragon (Microsoft Studios)
  • Dead Rising 3 (Microsoft Studios)
  • FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
  • Fighter Within (Ubisoft)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
  • Killer Instinct (Microsoft Studios)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Lococycle (Microsoft Studios)
  • Madden NFL 25 (Electronic Arts)
  • NBA 2K14 (2K Sports)
  • NBA Live 14 (Electronic Arts)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Electronic Arts)
  • Peggle 2 (Electronic Arts)
  • Powerstar Golf (Microsoft Studios)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Microsoft Studios)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Activision)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
  • Zoo Tycoon (Microsoft Studios)
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party (Majesco)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Just Dance 2014, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Madden 25, NBA 2K14, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, Skylanders: Swap Force, and Watch Dogs are coming to both platforms. If you're a big EA Sports or Ubisoft fan, there's little to choose from here. Many of these titles offer exclusive content for one of the platforms, like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's Aveline missions on PlayStation 4 or the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team's Legends mode on Xbox One, so there's still a bit of picking and choosing to do.

Sony's PlayStation 4 only has three exclusive launch titles on the list: DriveClub, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Knack, all from Sony Computer Entertainment. Not on the list, but previously hinted or confirmed in the launch window are Blacklight: Retribution, DC Universe Online, Tiny Brains, and Warframe. Sony also confirmed Minecraft as a PS4 launch title today, bringing Sony's total to eight.

Microsoft's Xbox One has eleven exclusive games on its launch day list: Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, Fighter Within, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, Lococycle, Peggle 2, Powerstar Golf, Ryse: Son of Rome, Zoo Tycoon, and Zumba Fitness: World Party. That puts Microsoft's console well ahead of Sony's in quantity, but quality is in the eye of the beholder.

As I've said before, the PlayStation 4 is my launch console of choice. None of the exclusive titles listed above for either platform stand out for me with the exception of Dead Rising 3, but I don't enjoy the series enough to switch over to Xbox One for it. My PS4 killer bullet is Infamous: Second Son, which is coming in early 2014, putting it outside of the launch window Sony has established here. After E3, I also have a slight preference for the DualShock 4 controller over the new Xbox One controller.

Have the new Gamescom announcements swayed your next-gen hopes and preferences?

The best community comments so far 16 comments

  • Spazgadget 7 months ago

    Even as a pretty die-hard fan of Playstation, I can give credit where credit is due - the Xbox One line-up is pretty varied, and there's certainly plenty to play. I've always been a much bigger fan of the Sony exclusives (and attitude) and there's nothing on X1's list that I find overwhelmingly compelling, but they've done a good job putting some launch software together.

    Now please, Sony, announce Last Guardian at TGS.

  • AxiomVerge 7 months ago

    They're so similar, it's looking like I'll just pick the least expensive option - and that's the PS4. Also knowing I'm covered for any Uncharted or Last of Us sequels is a nice plus.

  • MHWilliams 7 months ago

    @touchofkiel The RPGs will come from Japanese developers (who will probably favor the PS4) and indies (who currently favor the PS4).Edited 3 times. Last edited August 2013 by Unknown

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