Microsoft and Xbox has been the centre of all the negative talk and reporting for a while now. Lack of games, studios in turmoil, unfinished games, no AAA bangers, Phil cant manage, we have heard it all.
However, narratives change quick in this industry, and it can go from Champagne to shit really quick. I think we are headed to another one this year. As it stands, Sony has been riding high, demand for their console, lots of recent first party games, good scores, studio aquisitions and plenty of third party money hats. What could go wrong?
Simple, the next two years there isnt many PS first party games set to drop. We have Spider-Man 2 at the end of this year, giving us one First party game for 2023. In 2024 it was expected that Naughty Dog would release Factions, however that has now been scaled back and will most likely just be the multiplayer addition to TLOU3. This has been a massive loss of time and resources, which most likely means that ND wont be releasing anything until 2025 -2026 at this point. GG, SSM, PD have all released their games recently and wont have anything till 2027 maybe. SP will be looking at 2025 for GOT2, and after SP2 Insomniac wont have Wolverine ready till 2025 at the earliest. The Bend is the only other studio who have released something awhile ago, but they were a support studio for GOW which means their next project will probably be 2025. They didnt even show a CGI of their new game, which says not next year.
All the other first party games are GAAS games, which the Playstation faithful do not really want.
Contrast that with the release schedule of Xbox for the next couple of years. 2023 will have HiFi Rush, Redfall, Starfield, Forza MS and maybe even Hellblade 2. 2024 will most likely consist of a similar number of first party games such as Fable, Avowed, Project Midnight and maybe a Contraband or similar.
I have a feeling that the heat is going to be put on Sony really quickly, with the same fanboys who were laughing at Xbox suddenly now angry at Sony and calling for Ryan and Haults heads.
Narratives change quickly, and if MS can continue in the same vein of game releases and reveals of future games, they can turn the public opinion around and have a number of years of clean air.