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PlayStation has been known for its action-packed, narrative-driven RPG exclusives like The Last of Us, the Uncharted series and Beyond: Two Souls. For 2016, PlayStation 4 exclusives will continue to live up to that notion, but with so much more to add. For this year, major releases like No Man’s Sky, The Last Guardian and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End take the spotlight. According to GameSpot, below you will find the list for PlayStation 4’s 2016 exclusives.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
The Last Guardian
Gran Turismo Sport
Gravity Rush 2
Ratchet and Clank
The Tomorrow Children
Drawn to Death
Street Fighter 5
What Remains of Edith Finch
Shadow of the Beast
No Man's Sky
Following GameSpot’s very helpful format, first-party exclusives are games more than likely to be on PS4 only, but the second list includes games that have the potential to also be released on PC due to unclear arrangements with Sony. A timed exclusive on Xbox means it’s possible the Xbox version hasn’t been announced yet. You can check out the trailer for the list below.
It’s no surprise that the reimagining of the platformer classic, Ratchet and Clank, will stay true to its PlayStation roots by being exclusive on the PS4, but major titles like No Man’s Sky and The Last Guardian are a little bit of a surprise, considering how much of a following they have. But highlighting the differences between PlayStation exclusives and Xbox Exclusives is simple.
PlayStation games have always been more of the artistic and narrative-heavy RPG’s whereas Xbox tends to have more of the action-packed shooters. For example, if you look at exclusive Xbox games in the past, the lineup includes games like Halo, Dead Rising, Gears Of War, Crackdown and Shadow Complex.
But lately, it seems like that line has been getting blurred. The recent announcement for Xbox One exclusive, Below, showcases a very vague and very artistic story, developed by maybe one of the most creative teams out there, Capybara Games. Then there’s the recent announcement of Kingdom Hearts III, which angered fans when it was announced that the PlayStation exclusive would also be available on Xbox One when it releases.
There will always be artistic, indie titles on Xbox and shooters on PlayStation, sure, but speaking in a general sense, each platform seems to have its own voice, spoken through its gaming titles. Needless to say, these upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusives are not entirely surprising, based on the voice PlayStation maintains. The list will continue to grow as the year progresses.