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Xbox's Phil Spencer responds to lack of first-party, single-player games for the console

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With God of War, Sony nailed another mega-hit for the PlayStation 4. The line of console exclusives is looking more impressive year-by-year, with the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne, to name but a few. While many have argued that single-player games are dying out, its success on the PlayStation has clearly painted a different picture.

Microsoft, on the other hand, has been struggling to produce any strong contender on the Xbox One, choosing to rather go for strong multiplayer experiences like the recent Sea of Thieves, and the Xbox One X launched without a console exclusive. I am not saying there have never been exceptional single-player titles on the Xbox. The Gears of War and Halo series' are both incredible games, both also have strong multiplayer components.The last two single-player only hits on the Xbox One as console exclusives were Ori and the Blind Forest (2015) and Quantum Break (2016).

With E3 approaching, Xbox boldly announced their "biggest E3 showcasing ever" but failed to mention a single word about any new console exclusives. We do have Crackdown and State of Decay 2 that will release later this year, both also with a strong focus on multiplayer. PlayStation 4, on the other hand, is looking very strong this year when it comes to single-player games. God of War releases in a few days, then there's the upcoming Spider-Man, Detroit: Become Human, and Days Gone (2019). All highly anticipated titles.

Naturally, Xbox One owners have started to voice their concern, and Xbox Vice President, Phil Spencer, finally responded. IGN Executive Editor of Previews, Ryan McCaffrey, posed the following on Twitter:

"Xbox fans are DYING to celebrate a masterpiece-level exclusive like God of War. Thing is, though, it took Sony 10 years to get to this point where their 1st party is firing on all cylinders. This work started in PS3 era. Xbox can/might get there but it's going to take a long time."

To which Spencer replied:

"Our hardware took time, our service/platform/BC took time and continuing to grow our 1P will take time. A high quality and diverse 1P (yes, with SP) built the right way is our goal and what our customers deserve. We can have similar results to what we've seen in hw and platform." It might not be what Xbox fans wanted to hear, but there is no denying the fact that the Xbox One X is an incredible machine, and that Xbox has the upper hand over Sony with regards to the backward compatibility feature and the Xbox game pass.

Console exclusives are the next step, and although I believe Microsoft should've had one ready with the launch of the Xbox One X, it is something that will hopefully change in the not too distant future.

If not, then I fear the current advantages of owning an Xbox One/X won't even matter.

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"A high quality and diverse 1P (yes, with SP) built the right way is our goal and what our customers deserve"

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