The PlayStation 5 has a myriad of problems including cloud saving being locked on PS Plus and protracted upload/download speeds. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X|S is not without issues either, but despite all of this, players who are lucky enough to get their hands on the next-gen consoles have been putting considerable hours into the games they are playing.
New information revealed by Newzoo features each next-gen console’s most favorite games as of November 15, 2020. For the PlayStation 5, the top spot is taken by Astro’s Playroom, with 52.6% of Sony’s machine having the game installed. The second place is taken by Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War with 37.8%, and Spider-Man Miles Morales comes third with 36.1%. In fourth place is NBA2K21 at 28.6%.
On the other hand, the Xbox Series X|S top games include Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War at the top spot with 34.8%, Call of Duty Modern Warfare in second with 26.3%, and the third-place taken by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with 24.8%. Destiny 2 takes fourth place with a steep drop of 17%.
While PlayStation successfully slipped one of its first-party titles in the top three, two other console exclusives – Ghosts of Tsushima and Demon’s Souls – came in at ninth and sixth place respectively. First-party exclusives are the main focus of PlayStation for this generation of gaming, so ideally they would want to see those percentages higher. However, these figures are only a week after launch; as more exclusive games launching in the coming months, the ratio of first-party games to third might change.
Meanwhile, Xbox has taken a unique approach with its console lineup of games. As Newzoo reported:
“Microsoft’s strategy leans more on its ecosystem, its strong Game Pass content offering, and a play-anywhere philosophy…Xbox Game Pass, a service which gives subscribers access to all first-party titles and a selection of third-party ones, is also a key pillar of Xbox’s next-gen consoles, and 50% of titles in the Xbox top 10 are currently part of Game Pass in some form.”
Obviously, Xbox has publicly acknowledged Halo Infinite’s chaotic development, and as of the moment, it appears like the company doesn’t mind being a Call of Duty machine as long as fans play it through the Game Pass.
It will be exciting to witness these percentages change for both the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 as a multitude of Black Friday and holiday discounts start and lower the prices of many games.