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Christmas Lineups: Xbox One v PS4

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Once a year, as the Christmas period approaches, console gamers are treated to a triple A title rush, with PlayStation and Xbox leading the charge in terms of mega-sized releases. 2015 is not much different, with both Sony and Microsoft ready to go head-to-head yet again. Join us as we discuss the upcoming titles and ask perhaps one of the most prominent questions of the gaming calendar; Who will steal Christmas?

Sony are looking thin on the ground this year, in fact the company have admitted themselves that their holiday lineup is ‘a little sparse’. Nevertheless, Shuhei Yoshida – President of Sony – isn’t worried:

“People wouldn’t just look at the first party lineup when they’re making a purchase decision. We have great third-party titles coming this year; Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Star Wars Battlefront, Destiny: The Taken King just came out and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain just came out. There’s no shortage of huge titles available to players on PlayStation 4, and people who are coming new to PlayStation 4 can pick up titles like Bloodborne and Until Dawn. I’m very proud of the games we are releasing.”

Yoshida clearly a believer in the ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ mantra. Sony are obviously not going big on the exclusives this year, with Until Dawn and Bloodborne – both released earlier in the year – the only PS4 exclusive games Yoshida mentioned. That said, smaller exclusive titles – such as The Tomorrow Children, and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – shouldn’t be discounted as insignificant. It also must not be forgotten that those who get a PS4 come December will have the release of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4 to look forward to early next year.

Meanwhile, Xbox are sticking to the ‘sell all the big titles at once’ school of thought. Halo 5: Guardians is guaranteed to turn a few heads; especially after this rather shocking trailer (also below) was released by Microsoft. With brand-exclusives Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, Xbox One) and Fable Legends (MS Windows and Xbox One) also on their way, it’s a pretty mouth-watering lineup.

It’s hard to overlook Microsoft’s offering this year, the October arrival of Halo 5 is a massive thorn in Sony’s side. Despite recently claiming that he dislikes the console war, I’m sure even Phil Spencer is proud of this year’s Christmas lineup. Be that as it may, Sony’s overall roster is growing ever stronger and, although there may be a lack of major exclusives, I know a lot of people will be tempted to opt for the PS4 in preparation for Uncharted’s arrival.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to preference. Whichever console you own/hope to own come Christmas day, you’re in for a massive treat.

What do you make of the Xbox One v PS4 Christmas Lineups? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Original Author: Jay Michael