We’ve all heard the argument that exclusives on PS3 dominate the Xbox 360 and thus make the PS3 the better console. One could argue that to be true without a doubt. There are more intriguing exclusives on the PS3 but what does that really matter when no one is buying them?
The latest NPD software results in August suggest that there are no exclusives in the top 10 software sales … not even on Xbox. So as much as I love a good exclusive, do they really account for much success on consoles?
Top 10 Software Sales August
Darksiders 2 (360, PS3, PC)
New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS)
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSV, PC)
Sleeping Dogs (360, PS3)
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (360, PS3)
Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)
The Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3, NDS, 3DS, Wii)
Now it’s true that there hasn’t been a top exclusive released lately but even when they are, they quickly fade or they quickly get overtaken by a multiplatform game. I don’t think people are as interested these days in exclusives. Black Ops 2 will likely be the top selling game this year.
Yes, I’m predicting even Halo 4 will fail to outsell it. PS3′s exclusives won’t fair any better if they even release this year. Do they even have one releasing this year? Will The Last of Us make it? PlayStation All Stars won’t topple any software sales.
So my question is do these exclusives even matter and are developers shooting themselves in the foot making them considering the cap on exclusive sales?