People are still in the 2000’s thinking of what exclusive is. By this I mean simply:
They think that if a console is the only place to play something, it’s exclusive. It harkens back to the PS2/XBox/GCN generation.
With X360 we saw some of the early games release on both console and PC. Remember Bioshock’s only on PC/Xbox 360 logo? But still for the most part, if you wanted to play a game you had to buy a console for it.
With many people, this thinking has been drilled into their heads by years of “The Old Ways”.
Today, while I’m sure that they would be very happy for you to buy a Series S|X, the main idea is of the ecosystem. It’s a newish concept in the console market and many people still don’t under one simple face:
THEY STILL GET YOUR ****ING MONEY.
Dumb Fanboy “Haha, Indiana Jones is on PC. I’ll just buy it there. YOU HAVE NO GAMES”.
Without realizing the fact that by buying on PC, Microsoft still gets the same X amount of dollars they would have somebody went out and bought it on Series X.
In fact, one could argue that Microsoft gets MORE money by putting it on PC then keeping it on console. If Person A wants Indiana Jones, but doesn’t have $500 dollars to drop on a Series X, but instead has an okayish machine that will at least run the game, then Person A buys Indiana Jones on Steam for 59.99. That’s money that Microsoft gets that they wouldn’t have gotten before. Because of the fact that PC is most likely running Windows, and each Windows now comes with the Xbox APP/GamePass App installed, it’s therefore considered part of the Xbox ecosystem.
As of right now, the PlayStation ecosystem is just… PS4/PS5. You want Miles Morales you buy a PS console. However, Sony is dipping their toes with the Horizon Zero Dawn port and have said that they are exploring PC titles. So to most people PlayStation means “Only on PlayStation”.
This is what people think means it’s when it’s exclusive. You have to buy the $500 machine, pay the additional $70 to play the game. That’s mostly all Sony’s money coming from one place.
Yet with Microsoft, they see ALL the money. Doesn’t matter if it’s Series S|X, xCloud, PC, their line of thinking is… Play wherever you want… But Pay ME!