With the latest releases of two great exclusives in the form of Halo Reach and Fable III, also adding to the equation the new dashboard updates with Kinect just around the corner, prepped and ready to serve up 19 all-new titles for the highly anticipated peripheral and on the surface things are looking quite stellar as we end out 2010 for the Xbox 360.
However, looking ahead to 2011 does paint a different picture. Of course this is not your typical doom and gloom opinion piece pointing the finger at Microsoft’s future woo’s, but rather more of what seems to be an intentional direction taken by the manufacturing giant.
Today both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 offer a robust list of entertainment options by way of their ever-increasing networks. From networking applications, music video stores, sports channels, exclusive features, HD movie playback to built-in virtual infrastructures, internet browers and social networking tools, I mean the list goes on and on. Yet, while both platforms are doing their best to stay current with networking resources for their loyal fans, Microsoft also seems more interested in placing their future in Xbox Live and Kinect rather than investing in exclusive software to keep their hardcore gamers with the latest cutting-edge titles which would only be experienced on the Xbox 360.
For the Xbox 360, 2011 while filled with a list of amazing multiplatform titles, has Gears Of War 3 on the horizon as an exclusive with not much else to sing home about, right now. Sure, there will also be other Xbox 360 exclusives making their way to 2011, however, as of now many of those titles if not Kinect exclusive titles are slated for Xbox Live Arcade. In fact, two Xbox Live Arcade titles to definitely keep an eye out for are BREACH and HYBRID both gearing up to offer an impressive shooter experience from their respective developers when they make their 2011 debut.
On the competition side of the coin, Sony has taken quite a different approach. As firmware updates have made their way to update systems with 3D-enabled functionality and robust Netflix application as cross media bar options, Sony looks to make quite a distinction from their competitor with not only Playstation Move titles but also flagship PS3 exclusives. With titles like KILLZONE 3, Resistance 3, inFAMOUS 2, Little Big Planet 2, SOCOM 4, The Last Guardian, Ico/Shadow of The Colossus Re-Mastered, Final Fantasy XIV Online, DC Universe Onine, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, just to name a few and you start to see Sony trying to get back to their glory days of the PS2 which due to it’s robust line-up of exclusives cornered the market and forced the hand of a prematurely launched Xbox 360.
However, you would have to be crazy to think Microsoft is going to just stand aside as the competition flaunts it’s exclusive muscle in 2011. If history has told us anything about Microsoft during this generation of consoles, you should know that what you see today is not always the end result come holiday season.