With 2017 in full swing, Sony is currently riding high after a strong 2016 performance thanks to the release of big exclusives like Uncharted 4 and hardware such as the PlayStation 4 Pro. However, with both Nintendo’s latest console The Switch looming just around the corner and Microsoft hoping to make a big play with the Scorpio this holiday season, should Sony be worried?
Looking at perhaps the most important aspect, the games, it seems as if everything is in Sony’s favor. Not only do they have a variety of exclusives set to release soon, such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Nioh, but already have major titles like Gravity Rush 2 currently available to consumers. Sony has always had a firm grasp on delivering strong exclusive games, and it appears that 2017 is no different.
Given that Microsoft has already lost a major release with Scalebound, their number of sole Xbox One titles are beginning to dwindled. While there is little doubt that Sea of Thieves and Halo Wars 2 look great, the highly anticipated Crackdown 3 has yet to make a noticeable splash for months now. Couple this with the fact that many of Microsoft’s console exclusives are also available on PC, and one has to wonder if they have a chance to outperform Sony when it comes to games this year.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Nintendo is still very much a wild card when it comes to what titles they could feasibly release in 2017. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is looking to be one of the biggest games of the year, but the remainder of the Switch lineup for the year is still unclear. Since Nintendo is best known for their high-quality first party titles, the ball is very much in their court for delivering some of the best console-only titles in 2017.