Let’s get the most obvious issue the Xbox One currently has out of the way: in 2017, its lineup of exclusives was pretty poor. Not in terms of quality, though. After all, we got the excellent Forza Motorsport 7, more RTS Halo action in Halo Wars 2, and a great little indie experience in the form of Cuphead. Alas, outside of these three core titles, there wasn’t a whole lot else on the Xbox One’s exclusive calendar for 2017, and now that Microsoft has the most powerful system on the market, that needs to change.
Sure, we know that Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves should (hopefully) finally be arriving in 2018, and we’ll possibly get something from the Forza Horizon developer Playground Games in 2018, too (though maybe not what we’re used to from them). State of Decay 2 and The Last Night are also slated for 2018 release dates, but without a date set in stone, these are always subject to change.
Regardless, you only need to look at the lengthy list of PS4 exclusives from this year to see that the Xbox One’s exclusive offerings are a little lackluster. Nier, Nioh, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Gravity Rush 2, a couple of Yakuza titles, and a ton more. You get the point. With the Xbox One X arguably the best console for all of your multiplatform needs, a solid roster of exclusives for 2018 and the years ahead would certainly put the Xbox One in a far more competitive position.