It’s no big secret that the gaming industry is inherently competitive. From the developers trying to outdo one another to the gamers themselves fighting to be the best at whatever title they boot up on a daily basis, there’s always a fight playing out in one way or another. Recently, Starfield received a momentous update that showcased the game in all its glory, and now, some PlayStation fans have found themselves ruing that competitive nature, writhing with the knowledge that Starfield will be exclusive to Xbox and PC platforms.
But we’re here to say that it’s all in vain – PlayStation simply doesn’t deserve Starfield. It may look like the most potential-ridden game to ever emerge, but that doesn’t matter. If you’re a PlayStation fan and you’re chomping at the bit to explore the farthest reaches of our galaxy in Starfield, it’s tough. It’s fair to say that PlayStation has had plenty of glory of late – it’s time to let Xbox glow up a little.
Starfield Isn’t on PlayStation, And That’s Just Fine
PlayStation won the 8th Generation with the PlayStation 4, and it’s winning the 9th Generation of consoles with the PlayStation 5. It has had more critically-acclaimed exclusives in the last decade than any other platform – and that of course means that it has outshone Xbox in almost every capacity.
That’s the driving reason for our argument – PlayStation has enough on its plate, and there’s no reason why some PlayStation fans should be starting petitions that demand Starfield be brought to PlayStation 5 – exclusively, no less!
In the last ten years or so, PlayStation has had:
Ghost of Tsushima
The Last of Us + Part II
God of War + Ragnarok
Horizon Zero Dawn + Forbidden West
Gran Turismo 6 + 7
Spider-Man (and soon, Spider-Man 2)
And that’s us naming but a few of the top-tier titles that have emerged from PlayStation’s studios over the years. By contrast, in the same timeframe, Xbox has had:
Forza (Multiple titles)
Halo 5 + Infinite
Gears of War 4 + Gears 5
Sea of Thieves
State of Decay 2
That’s sort of the breakdown of the core titles – there are many more exclusives that we could discuss, but it’s clear that PlayStation has been slamming nothing but home runs in the exclusive department of late.
With some recent exclusives, Xbox has had a fairly tough time – Redfall, for example. And with the mention of Halo Infinite, let’s not fail to highlight how it was probably the worst-performing game in the history of the franchise, plummeting over such a short period of time.
Xbox needs a massive win.
Starfield Will Bring It Back
Starfield is the culmination of a development cycle seven years in the making, and it’s the first ‘new universe’ put forward by Bethesda Game Studios in twenty-five years. It offers unparalleled opportunities for exploration and customisation, and it’s one of the biggest, broadest, and most ambitious games ever made.
And it’s not coming to PlayStation – which is totally fine.
It’s only exclusive to Xbox because of Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media in 2021, which brought on board several sub-developers that included Bethesda Game Studios. It’s not like Sony isn’t out here acquiring studios, right? It was a fine purchase for Microsoft, and it’s highly like that, going forward, the likes of Elder Scrolls and Fallout will also be completely exclusive to Xbox and PC platforms.
So, if you’re one of the PlayStation gamers complaining about Starfield’s exclusivity, then buckle up – you’ve got a long road ahead.
Hey – do you think Microsoft will successfully purchase Activision Blizzard and then revert on promises made and turn Call of Duty into an Xbox-exclusive franchise? Sorry, that’s a bit of fearmongering.
PlayStation 5 isn’t getting Starfield because Xbox deserves it more – deal with it.