2021 PlayStation 5 Exclusive Games
- Death Stranding: Director’s Cut
- Destruction All-Stars
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade
- Ghostwire Tokyo
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Jett The Far Shore
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits
- Oddworld Soulstorm
- Ratchet And Clank: Rift Apart
- Solar Ash
2021 Xbox Series X/S Exclusive Games
- Dead Static Drive
- Echo Generation
- Exo One
- Forza Horizon 5
- Halo Infinite
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- The Anacrusis
- The Artful Escape
- The Ascent
- The Big Con
- The Gunk
- The Wild at Heart
- Twelve Minutes
- Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy
- Warhammer 40K: Darktide
PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Who Has the Better 2021 Exclusives?
This is an incredibly close call, but in the interest of naming a “winner” for the sake of conversation, I’m going with the PlayStation 5.
The thing is that I honestly think the Xbox Series X may end up having the better 2021 games lineup overall largely due to the number of indie titles the console is supporting and the value of Game Pass. In fact, we’re reaching a point where it’s hard to separate Game Pass from Xbox. If you’re a Game Pass subscriber, you’re about to be able to access more modern games (and a collection of classics) in 2021 than you may have ever had access to in your entire gaming life. It’s a great time to be an Xbox gamer.
If we’re just talking exclusives, though, then I can’t discount the fact that the only Triple-A Xbox exclusive that I’m confident is coming out this year is Forza Horizon 5 (not counting the PC exclusive Age of Empires 4). Even if Halo Infinite is released this year, serious questions remain regarding what kind of shape it’s in and how much of it we’ll get.
By comparison, PlayStation 5’s major exclusives for the year include Returnal, Rift Apart, Horizon Forbidden West, timed exclusives Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo, and notable remasters Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade and Death Stranding: Director’s Cut. I’m certainly worried about the PS5’s lack of games between those releases, but I’m more confident that each of those games is going to great (or very good) than I’m confident that some of those smaller Xbox titles are going to live up to what is certainly the high-end of their potential.