Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy one piece of hardware and play every game on it? That’s the dream for gamers who don’t want to spend a fortune collecting every gaming console on the market just so they can play all the games they might want to try. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. We live in a world with multiple gaming consoles, any one of which may or may not get a game you want to play. Here are some of the many Xbox One exclusives we’d love to see cross the great divide and come out on PlayStation 4.
1. Sunset Overdrive
One of the best Xbox One exclusive games is also one of the most surprising that it even came to Xbox One at all. The game is Sunset Overdrive, an exuberant open-world game based around having fun. To that end, you get an array of creative weapons you can use to blast through the mutants wreaking havoc in the city. One of its key features is how you actually move through the game world. You can grind on rails, run up walls, traverse electrical wires like zip lines, and bounce on just about everything. Simply moving around in the game is tons of fun.
What’s surprising about it is that Microsoft managed to lock the game down as an Xbox One exclusive, when it was made by developer Insomniac Games, a company that has traditionally sidled up close with Sony. In fact, Insomniac games has made some of PlayStation’s most popular series, including Ratchet and Clank and Resistance. So it would make a lot of sense if Sunset Overdrive had also come to PS4. But since Microsoft published the game as part of an exclusive deal, there’s little chance of that ever happening.
2. Quantum Break
Microsoft started funding this game way back when the company still had plans to create TV show-style content for the Xbox One. It scrapped that idea, but Quantum Break managed to squeak through and land on Xbox One. It’s a game from the makers of Alan Wake that mixes stylish time-manipulating combat with live-action TV episodes that move the game’s story along. It’s such a unique game that most fans of AAA action titles should play it. Unfortunately, PS4 owners won’t get that opportunity.
Done in the striking art style of 1930s cartoons, Cuphead puts you in the shoes of the unlikely title character, a dude with a cup for a head. Gameplay-wise it’s like Mega Man in that you run around and fire off projectiles to defeat enemies. The bosses are huge, with widely varying move sets and abilities. Unfortunately for PS4 owners, Microsoft is publishing this one, so there’s no way it’s coming to your console.
4. Cities: Skylines
There hasn’t been a universally adored SimCity game in ages. Thankfully, there’s Cities: Skylines, a game that borrows heavily from the classic series but delivers on just about everything a modern gamer would want from a city-building sim. Too bad the game is an Xbox One console exclusive. There has been talk of it making its way to PS4, but we haven’t heard anything in a long time.
Now that he’s free from Capcom, Keiji Inafune, the legendary developer behind franchises like Mega Man and Onimusha, has started his own independent gaming studio. One of the company’s fist projects is ReCore, a post-apocalyptic game starring a woman and her robotic pet who are on an mission to find a new home for humankind.
Since Inafune has such deep roots in Japanese gaming, you might think he’d want to bring his work to Sony’s platform, since it’s also based in Japan. Apparently that’s not the case, because ReCore is an Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive.
The indie shooter Superhot is based on a unique and clever gimmick: Time only moves when you move your character. Each level sends a group of enemies at you, and your job is to figure out how to move and when to shoot to ensure your bullets hit them, while you avoid enemy fire. The result is a fantastic game, but for some reason the developer has yet to announce a PS4 version.
Threes! is a remarkable puzzle game that started on mobile phones. It has you shuffling numbered tiles around a board, trying to match them and add them up to the highest possible number you can before you can’t make any more moves. The Xbox One version is a great way to waste a few minutes between other activities. Unfortunately, the developer moved on to other projects before bringing the game to PlayStation 4. In other words, PS4 owners shouldn’t hold their breath.
Once you play this side-scrolling sports game, you won’t care that the game’s title makes no sense. You and up to seven other players engage in team-based matches in which everyone’s leaping around the field, trying desperately to throw the ball into their opponent’s goal. You can pass the ball to teammates, jump, double-jump, and swipe it away from the opposing team. It’s fast paced and highly chaotic, but it’s not on PS4.