A point of contention from Microsoft’s reveal of its latest console, Xbox One X, last Sunday was its overuse of the term ‘console launch exclusive’ before the reveal of several new video games. As a result, you’d be forgiven for thinking that these games aren’t coming to PS4 at any point when in fact they are.
Simply put, the games listed below will mostly launch first on Xbox One X but will also see a PS4 release at an as-of-yet unknown time – it may be a week, or like Rise of the Tomb Raider, somewhat longer.
At least with Sony you get ‘First on PlayStation’ which is a relatively straightforward tagline that aptly relays the fact that the preceding game wasn’t exclusive to PS4 but rather just timed, with an eye for an eventual release on the likes of Xbox One X and perhaps PC.
Issues aside, here’s the list of games that you’ll also see release on PS4.
The runaway PC Battle Royale-esque hit was singled out for special praise at Microsoft’s E3 conference and even had PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, take to the stage to divulge details of an Xbox One X version of the Early Access game that’s already shipped a mammoth 3 million copies on PC. Thankfully for PS4 owners, however, it’s been confirmed as far back as April that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will see a PS4 release sometime after its initial launch on Xbox One X.
Perhaps the tied with BioWare’s Anthem for most impressive game at Microsoft’s E3 conference, 4A Games’ Metro Exodus looks positively stunning, continuing the fine work done by the Ukraine-based developers and though there's been a little bit of confusion it looks as if Metro Exodus will release on Xbox One X and PS4 at the exact same time.
BioWare’s aforementioned Anthem, the gorgeous-looking sci-fi adventure by the folks over in Edmonton, is a little bit of a different situation to some of the other games mentioned insofar as Microsoft has the marketing rights to the game, much like Sony does with say, Destiny 2. That does mean, however, that we’ll likely see a simultaneous 2018 release of Anthem on both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, albeit with the latter having some additional content.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
If you were to ask a diehard Dragon Ball Z fan which developer they’d like to work on a one-on-one fighting game within the Dragon Ball universe you’d likely hear the answer ‘Arc System Works’. The purveyors of near-perfect 2D fighting games, the Yokohama-based developer is tailor-made to make an incredible Dragon Ball Z brawler and thankfully for us it’s already been confirmed for release on PS4 despite its showing at Microsoft’s E3 conference last night.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
The three-part prequel to Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange made an appearance at the Xbox One X reveal following its leak last week and thankfully for us we’ll see a simultaneous release on PS4 on August 31. Bear in mind, too, that an actual sequel is in production though it’s unclear whether it’s a direct sequel or a continuation of the world with entirely new characters.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
As if there was any doubt, Ubisoft’s latest in the Assassin’s Creed series will see a release on PS4 on October 27, nearly two weeks before its launch on Xbox One X. One of the worst-kept secrets in gaming, Assassin’s Creed Origins takes place in Egypt where players will uncover the secrets of the pyramids and lay witness to the origins of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.
- Conan Exiles
- Black Desert Online
- Code Vein
- Shadow of War
Rest assured, while some of the games above will release a little later on PS4, others will be day-and-date with their Xbox One X counterparts so don’t fret, you’ll still be playing the latest and greatest on PS4 for some time yet.
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