Console-exclusive games are good for competition between companies. If another cool and unique experience can be found on the PlayStation 5, eyes quickly turn to the competitor: Xbox. Nowadays, on the other hand, we see more often that a game is only temporarily exclusive, which can be due to a number of reasons.
Currently, Sony and Microsoft are engaged in a legal battle over the latter’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard. Consequently, that buying up of studios sometimes leads to clashes in existing agreements. For example, sometimes you get exclusive PlayStation 5 games on Xbox.
Exclusive PlayStation games on your Xbox
Whether we’ll eventually be able to toast bread in a PlayStation 5, of course, we don’t know. What we do know, however, is that it is not very often that a PlayStation exclusive title finds its way to Xbox consoles.
The possibility is there, however. Thus, the four games below prove it.
This title was originally announced at a PlayStation showcase as an exclusive for the PS5. When Microsoft then announced that it was buying Zenimax (the company that Bethesda falls under), there was slight confusion about where Deathloop should end up coming from.
The first-person shooter was released on the PlayStation 5 on Sept. 14, 2021, and then remained exclusive for a year. On September 22 of the year 2022, Xbox users could also enjoy the bizarre “Groundhog Day with explosions” adventure. The game is also available on Xbox Game Pass.
Deathloop (Image: Bethesda)
#2 Guilty Gear: Strive went from PlayStation 5 to Xbox
Fighting-game fans on Xbox were finally able to enjoy Guilty Gear: Strive last month. The game already came out on the PlayStation 5 on June 11 of 2021, so it took a while for that too.
Whether developer Arc System Works has entered into an exclusivity deal with Sony is not entirely clear. The Guilty Gear franchise has been coming out on various platforms for years. Now, at least, the latest title in the series is on Game Pass.
A little (virtual) brawling in Guilty Gear Strive. (Image: Arc System Works)
#3 Ghostwire: Tokyo began on PlayStation 5
Ghostwire: Tokyo was another PlayStation exclusive that technically belonged to Microsoft thanks to the Bethesda acquisition. The story here is actually similar to that of Deathloop. The deal to release Ghostwire exclusively on PlayStation 5 was done before it was owned by Microsoft.
Now, on the other hand, you can wander the deserted and demon-infested streets of Tokyo on Xbox as well, and you don’t have to pay anything extra for it if you’re subscribed to Xbox Game Pass.
Akito (Image: Bethesda)
#4 Ni No Kuni parts 1 and 2 now also on Xbox
Both Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (at least, the remaster) and its sequel, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, came to Xbox consoles only three years after its release on PlayStation.
Now, then, both RPGs are playable on Game Pass.