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If Titanfall Couldn't Put Xbox One Past The PS4, What Will?

Ever since 2014 began, I knew there'd be one important litmus test for the rolling PlayStation 4:

Could it maintain its lead in the US after Titanfall had hit the Xbox One?

After all, Respawn Entertainment's game was the most hyped game of the new generation thus far, garnering the lion's share of headlines just about everywhere, and easily trumping the closest PS4 competition in the exclusive category, inFamous: Second Son. It was also a shooter, or rather, a supposedly new innovative take on the shooter genre, which Xbox fans have been touting for a long time.

There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that Titanfall would lead the software sales charts in March. There was zero chance Second Son would top it, as far as I was concerned. So, could the PS4 maintain its momentum even after Titanfall stormed onto the stage? As it turns out, the answer appears to be "yes." The PS4 still managed to outsell the Xbox One in this country during the month when Titanfall released, and that's significant.

The PS4 will trounce the Xbox One in just about every other major territory on earth. It really won't be close in Japan, Europe, or Asia, I don't think. That's the way things are shaping up early on in this generation, too. The Xbox One's sole chance of winning the overall sales war is to own the US, and by the same huge margin the Xbox 360 owned the US. That doesn't seem to be happening, though, so the question is: If Titanfall couldn't vault Microsoft's new system into the lead, what will?

...if anything? Perhaps the new Halo?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, xbox one, ps4 sales, next gen consoles, next generation

4/17/2014 10:47:49 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (49 posts)

souljah92
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:00:20 PM
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Naked spanish lady promoters!

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:06:02 PM

I doubt that would do it either. Maybe Uncharted and Gran Turismo becoming Xbox One exclusives? Lol

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:14:37 PM
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I'd love to say Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break, but they're not the kinds of games that are typically evangelised by Xbox owners. Halo 5 will definitely give it a boost, but 343i is gonna have to step up its game, because Halo 4 didn't really have the same impact as its predecessors from what I've read. The new Gears is a possibility, but it's still years away.

I honestly think that there is no hope. Killzone (and whatever Guerilla's new IP is) may not sell as well as Halo, but PS owners seemingly aren't as rabid about shooters. Gran Turismo will *always* outsell Forza. Microsoft would need to show something that resonates with pretty much all gamers, exclusive to their system, if they want a chance to outsell Sony this time around, while supplementing it with a wide array of diverse titles. And frankly, I don't see that happening, especially when Sony is more than capable of doing the same, based solely on their first party.

Then you have the fact that Level-5 and Quantic Dream have already announced PS4 exclusivity for their next titles, which act as a point of difference.

So yeah, not gonna happen.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:22:27 PM

Ohhh I can't wait to find out what Level 5 is up to.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:28:48 PM

White Knight Chronicles got me interested. Ni no Kuni made me a convert :D

*still need to finish both of those...*

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Banky A
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:38:21 PM

Did Level 5 announce that? Last game I heard of from them is that one multiplat mobile-synergistic pile of litter.

If it turns out to be Dark Cloud 3 I might just fly off my chair into da heavens. Rogue Galaxy would be nice too (liked the look of the first).

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:51:45 PM

I loved Rogue Galaxy and Dark Cloud but I doubt they will revisit old games, probably something new.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:59:57 PM

Banky,
Just did some checking, and I'm no longer quite so sure. They announced a little over a year ago that they were in the planning stage of a PS4 title, so there's the possibility of it being Wonderflick. But then, there's the specificity of them mentioning the PS4 when Wonderflick is on EVERYTHING that makes me think that there is still something there.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:17:07 PM
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Final Fantasy XVI exclusive return to classic gameplay.

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SaiyanSempai
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:18:13 PM
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Xbox really needs to focus on variety and diversity. Their big game was another FPS in an already FPS heavy world. A great FPS, mind you, but still an FPS (and a multiplayer only one at that).

I think having a breadth of variety in gaming experiences is so much better than having a single great FPS exclusive any day.

Sony has always done better in that aspect ever since the first Playstation.

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berserk
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 3:49:35 PM

Some say great , i say worst game i bought since ff 13 ( still not bad just not good like most game i buy ).

I ll agree with Microsoft needing to work on more game variety tho .

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Xombito
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:32:53 PM
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It's clear that the sales momentum has shifted in the PlayStation brand's favor. And its very difficult to shift back. MS will have to have a slew of great exclusives just to keep up.

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Bonampak
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:50:04 AM

EA is already losing confidence on the X1. EA's Peter Moore was trying to defend making Titanfall exclusive to the Xbone last year.

But this year, he had to acknowledge that every single multiplatform game they released for the PS4 and X1, fared better on the PS4.

And now he has to explain to EA's shareholders about making more exclusive games for the X1. Which is simply not gonna happen, unless he wants to put his job on the line.

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Xombito
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 3:18:41 AM

I think this set of exclusives (Titanfall,Plants vs. Zombies, dlc) is all xbox will get. EA's all about the bottom line. With the PS4 selling so many so fast I doubt they would consider any more exclusive deals with anyone.

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cLoudou
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:55:10 PM
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Viva Pinata

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Bonampak
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:51:34 AM

LOL

BTW, what ever happened to Rare LTD? They didn't even make that Killer Instinct game.

Maybe they're trying to sneak back to Nintendo.

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Xombito
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 3:20:32 AM

They did that new Kinect Sports game.

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The X Factor 9
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 12:11:45 AM
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A piƱata is probably exactly how Microsoft executives are feeling right now after taking yet another gut shot when seeing this news.
Sony has a real chance here at E3 to put their foot on the gas and put to rest the notion of a "war" with some impressive game announcements and releases.
I wonder if Sony would drop the price to $349 if/when XBone eventually drops to $399. I predict by the holidays, if not sooner.

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matt99
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 12:59:57 AM
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Not sure, but I find it amusing how Sony announces sales figures and MS knows they need to announce something as well but they can't announce their sales figures because they pale in comparison, so they announce 5 million Xbones shipped...which explains the huge stack of them I see in every store.

But MS's problem is clear, they don't have enough exclusive franchises and the exclusives they do have are all shooters: Halo, Gears, and now Titanfall. They're all fine games but they need variation, if they continue down this route they are going to go the way of nintendo in the console race.

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Bonampak
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 2:30:16 PM

I just read an article today from eurogamer that says that Sony actually turned down TITANFALL for the PS4.

So the PS4 could've ended up with that game. And thus console gamers would've had a better option to play the game.

It will eventually come to the PS4, though.

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KingRed
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 10:59:46 PM

They were pushing for it on vita. Not wanting to show the Ps4 specs yet.

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Knightzane
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:20:05 AM
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Buy the shares from SE and than make FF15 go exclusive to xbox one. Sure, it'll look and play and run like crap but at least you'll have a better game than titanfall.

That crappy fps which we have 120394872777384 of already.

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Draguss
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:43:12 AM
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More variety in games, a big name exclusive, no kinect, a price drop, and possibly a supply of MiB neurolizers or a veritable wizard in their pr department.

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Underdog15
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:54:13 AM
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A game that is actually exclusive to it's platform would be the easiest way, probably... Titanfall could never be the game to boost the XB1 way up when it's available for 2 other systems. (360 and PC)

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Wrote
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:54:45 AM
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Ha! The exact same thing that shot the ps3 up in popularity! A price drop, great exclusives, keep bundling their biggest games with the system, and eventually a slimmer model. That's basically what changed the ps3s trajectory, although it helped that MS was basically getting by with just halo and gears...

I guess that never changed did it?

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Fabi
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 3:20:02 AM
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Getting rid of Kinect and selling it for $399. If they manage to do that before the year is over, they have a chance to catch up. If not, Sony will maintain the lead for quite some time. It might end up being a really close race this generation. To the point where the PS4 could be selling more, but in no way would the Xbone be necessarily losing either.

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trumpetmon65
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 3:44:11 AM
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Probably a bunch of exclusives people want to play. I know I heard a lot of that in the last generation and look where it got Sony

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___________
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 4:47:09 AM
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ummmm, anything!
halo, gears, quantum break, sunset overdrive,
fable, crackdown, forza, project gotham racing, banjo kazooie, even a ryse sequel could do it if they expanded it allot more made it allot more in depth.
you can tell M$ wants it to be their GOW but its just far too basic and simplistic to even dream of that.
only if the gameplay was half as amazing as those graphics, my god by FAR THE best looking console game ATM!

not to mention M$ is very good at securing exclusive DLC so a little of that for big name third party titles would do the trick.

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Oxvial
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 4:48:26 AM
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MS was more arrogant with the XBone than Sony when they launched the PS3, at least the PS3 was a more powerful console than the 360. if MS plan it's launch several shooters like Titanfall they are not gonna win this gen.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 5:05:12 AM
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They are struggling, but they are slowly catching up. The only reason the Xbox is gaining traction is because retailers have to sell the xbone at the exact price as the ps4. It includes everything plus titanfall. Is Microsoft that desperate? Clearly they are, without that drop in price it would have still been at 3mil tops!

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AngryPolak
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 6:36:21 AM
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Do we know how many copies of titanfall were sold only on Xbox one? And to compare how many infamous copies were sold? So far I've only seen titanfall being mentioned number 1 but for both PC and Xbox.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 7:07:58 AM

VGChartz says 1.35M for TF, against 1.03M for iF. No guarantee of accuracy, or up-to-date information.

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TomBradySucks
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 8:56:11 AM
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Probably a game that is JUST Xbox One exclusive. The game itself sold well, but being that it was always available on PC and 360 (something that, before the NPD numbers came out was brought up as a negative against it) it's not too surprising it didn't push that many XBOs.

I predict a price drop by this holiday to coincide with halo 5 or Halo 2 anniversary to push it past Ps4

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Alejandro562
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 10:11:47 AM
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ps4 runs even multiplay games that are on both ps4 and bone at a much better frame rate and a higher resolution , and the bone is more expensive , thats why it is dominating it in sales i told TillaTequila this would occur but he just bashed ps4.

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Banky A
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 7:12:11 PM

stop it

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CrusaderForever
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 10:38:49 AM
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X1 needs to get rid of Kinect and offer more variety in gaming other than shooters. However, being the weaker console has hurt Microsoft. That is something they will not be able to over come. Also, the magical DX12 will not matter.

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smileys_007
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 11:09:25 AM
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The PS4 is just too good for it to be beaten by X1. I'd say the X1 needs an exclusive game like Uncharted to be able to be competitive against the PS4.

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bkjohns1
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 11:15:10 AM
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Mr. Domino :)
No One Can Stop the Incredible Mr. Domino

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Temjin001
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 11:23:01 AM
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I have no idea from here. I really think MS needs to adjust it's image. This whole all in one entertainment multimedia center message isn't something I've personally liked. Don't try and sell me on Skype calls, UI voice commands, tv channels etc. Even the console box shows like one or two games, both of which are sports games. And for heaven sakes ditch the Kinect as a bundle.
As far as I'm concerned MS took their eye off the ball and tried to chase down greener pastures but found that not everyone was ready to follow them.

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KingRed
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 11:05:01 PM

I agree with you on that.

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homura
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 12:18:20 PM
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A miracle.

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bigrailer19
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:09:24 PM
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I don't think this has to anything to do with games at this point. This is happening because of the terrible decisions MS made, which they later retracted concerning the Xbox1. They burnt bridges and for those that still bought an Xbox1, it just isn't enough for any game to bridge that gap they put between them and consumers early on.

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Beamboom
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:26:13 PM
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Nothing will. The table is turned.

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berserk
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 3:56:22 PM
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Nothing can make them take the lead , they are not a whole year ahead of Sony this time after all and don t have twice the amount of games the moment both console were on the market .

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Ignitus
Saturday, April 19, 2014 @ 1:03:00 AM
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Nothing. They alienating their audience with their stupid DRM, the SpyCam, the Live Paywall to be able to use the thing and, most importantly, higher price.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Sunday, April 20, 2014 @ 2:37:50 AM
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yeah i thin it will take alot of games series and a hang of alot more on M$ part to get anywhere close to the ps4

gud day M$ gud day or ont so gud haha

happy gaming =)

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gamer4lifexxx
Sunday, April 20, 2014 @ 12:15:41 PM
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nothing.. Sony won this generation from the first press conference about the PS4

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spook-1
Sunday, April 20, 2014 @ 11:14:27 PM
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I swear it seems like you guys own stock in Sony. What does it matter which system sold more?
Its called preference. Whats wrong if someone prefers Xbox?
Not a damn thing. Geez!
Pick your system and shut the fuck up and play!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, April 20, 2014 @ 11:51:22 PM

Said the rabid Xbox fanboy from N4G who signed up without bothering to actually read the article, and who would be crowing about the Xbox One every day of the week if it was in the lead.

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