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Strictly the Numbers: The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360

For a while, I have observed the console wars that are always waged, inevitably, upon any video game website, chat, or forum. I have seen fanboy after fanboy comment about why the games upon their system are better than the games appearing on a competitor's system. To be honest, I have had enough of the blind bickering over elements that are not only quantitative, but easily accessed using the internet.Thus, I have decided to do some research to try to bring some sense to the nonsense. Within this thread, I will compare the metacritic score, ESRB rating, and even to a degree, the sales numbers of all exclusive retail titles for the Playstation 3 and and Xbox 360

To do this I had to spend a lot of time using wikipedia, metacritic, ESRB, vgchartz, and input from my fellow GIO members. I decided on the 360 and PS3 because of their likeness in playability. I left out the Wii due to it having a considerably different method of play and thus different library of games.

Before I start breaking everything down, I know that there will be many who will claim that many of the 360 exclsuives are not exclusives at all based on many games' availability for the PC. However PC Mag defines a video game console as "A specialized desktop computer used to play video games. Three popular game consoles are Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Xbox. Game software is available on CDs or DVDs, although earlier game machines used cartridges containing read only memory (ROM) chips. Video game consoles require a TV or monitor for display." They continue to say "Video game consoles are typically powered by operating systems and CPUs that differ from desktop computers. The consoles are under the control of their respective manufacturers, and the software is geared to the machine's capabilities. Games are not interchangeable with other game consoles or desktop computers, although software publishers may develop games for more than one platform." Therefore, by their definition, the PC is not a console, and not open for debate as to whether games appearing on PC negate the exclusive status of games.

In order to figure out all of this information, I had to establish what games were exclusive to each system. To do this, I relied heavily upon the wikipedia page (link above) that was given to me by Jpow. I first had to go through and weed out all of the  Japanese title, downloadable only games, and games that had not released yet in the United States. Having, accomplished this feat, I realized that the Playstation 3 list was incomplete. So, using information gathered from different threads and conversations on the forums of this site, I added more exclusives to the Playstation 3 list (keep in mind, I may still have missed some, therefore the Playstation 3 numbers may be slightly lower than reality.

The final count came out to be 40 exclusives for the Playstation 3 compared to 104 for the Xbox 360. I then broke it down as far as ESRB rating, with Playstation 3 have 5 games rated E for Everyone, 3 games rated E10+ for Everyone 10+, 21 games rated T for Teen, and 11 rated M for Mature. The 360 on the other hand broke down to 12 rated E, 9 rated E10+, 40 rated T, and 43 rated M.

I then broke it down even further to include Metacritic scores as well. So to start, here are my findings for the Playstation 3:

  • For games rated E, the PS3 had 0 with with a score below 70, 3 with between 71-80, 1 between 81-90, and 1 between 91-100.
  • For games rated E10+, the PS3 had 0 with a score below 61, 1 between 61-70, and 2 between 81-90.
  • For games rated T, the PS3 had 7 with a score below 61, 1 between 61-70, 6 between 71-80, 6 between 81-90, and 1 between 91-100.
  • For games rated M, the PS3 had 1 with a score below 61, 1 between 61-70 1 between 71-80, 4 between 81-90, and 4 between 91-100.

The 360 breaks down like this:

  • For games rated E, the 360 had 3 with a score of under 61, 1 between 61-70, 4 between 71-80, 3 between 81-90, and 1 between 91-100.
  • For games rated E10+, the 360 had 2 with a score of under 61, 3 between 61-70, 3 between 71-80, and 1 between 81-90.
  • For games rated T, the 360 had 11 had a score of under 61, 7 between 61-70, 19 between 71-80, and 3 between 81-90.
  • For games rated M, the 360 had 14 had a score of under 61, 8 between 61-70, 5 between 71-80, 11 between 81-90, and 5 between 91-100.

The complete break down of Metacritic scores goes like this:

  • Between 30-35 the 360 had 2 games to none for the PS3.
  • Between 36-40 the 360 had 4 games to none for the PS3.
  • Between 41-45 the 360 had 3 games to 1 for the PS3.
  • Between 46-50 the 360 had 5 games to none for the PS3.
  • Between 51-55 the 360 had 8 games to 5 for the PS3.
  • Between 56-60 the 360 had 8 games to 2 for the PS3.
  • Between 61-65 the 360 had 9 games to 3 for the PS3.
  • Between 66-70 the 360 had 10 games to none for the PS3.
  • Between 71-75 the 360 had 15 games to 3 for the PS3.
  • Between 76-80 the 360 had 16 games to 7 for the PS3.
  • Between 81-85 the 360 had 11 games to 5 for the PS3.
  • Between 86-90the 360 had 7 games to 8 for the PS3.
  • Between 91-95 the 360 had 5 games to 5 for the PS3.
  • Between 96-100 the 360 had 1 games to 1 for the PS3.

This all equaled an average of  76.78 for the PS3 and 68.97 for the 360.

As you can see the number of high quality titles is nearly identical, but the 360 has a major advantage in the mid range quality titles. On the other hand, their worst titles are far worse than those of the PS3. All that said, neither system has had a million seller (US figures) that received less than an 81 metacritic score. The 360 had 10 between 81-90 and 6 between 91-100, whereas the PS3 had 3 between 81-90 and 5 between 91-100.

The most interesting stat is that 360 exclusives have moved 56.72 million copies to the PS3's 23.7.

I am attaching the spreadsheet with all of the data that I gathered for you all to check out and look into further and I am going to update this later, if anymore exclusives are brought to my attention.

So what do you all think of the console war now?

EDIT: Added Monster Madness: Grave Danger, Ridge Racer 7, and SOCOM Confrontation to the list of PS3 exclusives. I added them into the stats above. It created a change in average score from 77.7 to 76.78 and sale numbers went up to 23.7 from 22.64.

Attachment: Exclusives.xls
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