2017 exclusives comparison: PS4 vs Xbox One vs Switch

Chris Stead 21 December 2016


Wondering which console to buy this Christmas? You should make that decision based on the games you can play.

Fundamentally, there’s not too much difference between the PS4 and Xbox One in terms of game availability and features. If you like Call of Duty, or Fallout, or Overwatch, or other such blockbusters, then the difference in experience between the machines is negligible. And while the final specifications for the Nintendo Switch, launching in March, are unconfirmed, all rumours point to a machine close enough to the baseline power of the PS4 and Xbox One to play the same games. In fact, some games – like the as-yet-untitled Sonic the Hedgehog adventure due in Q4 – are already announced for simultaneous release on all three formats.

So if you have no predetermined preference for any of the manufacturers, then the number one factor driving your purchase decision should be the exclusives. These are the games that you can play only on one particular format, which means if a console has the specific franchises or experiences you’re excited about, then that is the system you should buy.

Below you will find a list of all the exclusives currently revealed for each format. Be sure to note that more games will be announced for 2017 before the year runs its course - especially around the launch of the Nintendo Switch in March, and Microsoft’s Project Scorpio console in Q4. It’s also possible that some of these games will end up releasing in 2018 or (shudder) 2019, but they still remain in the future of the console you purchase.

Full list of exclusive games for 2017

PS4Xbox OneSwitch
Ace Combat 7Ashen1-2-Switch
Berserk and the Band of the HawkBelowArms
Birthdays the BeginningBrambleLashBit! Boy! Arcade
Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku!Conan ExilesDungeon of Zaar
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyCrackdown 3Fast RMX
Danganronpa 1-2 ReloadCupheadFire Emblem Warriors
Danganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyGiganticMario Kart 8 Deluxe
Dark Rose ValkyrieHalo Wars 2New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
Day's GoneNatsuki ChronicleNiki – Rock 'n' Ball
Death StrandingPit PeopleNo More Heroes 3
Death’s GambitRise & ShinePikmin 4**
Deep DownSea of ThievesPokémon Stars**
Detroit: Become HumanSpace EngineersProject Octopath Traveler (working title)
Digimon World: Next OrderState of Decay 2Puzzlebox Setup
Dino Frontier (PSVR)TacomaRiverside
DivideVoodoo Vince RemasterSeasons of Heaven
Dragon Quest Heroes IISnipperclips
DreadnoughtSplatoon 2
DreamsSunu Ikkibu: Din Nahu
Dunegon Defenders IISuper Bomberman R
Dynasty Warriors: GodseekersSuper Mario Odyssey
Earth Defense Force 5Tank It!
EverythingThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Farpoint (PSVR)The Sacred Hero
Fate/Extella: The Umbral StarUltra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Final Fantasy VII RemakeUnknown BlazBlue title
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgeUntitled Shin Megami Tensei game
Full Throttle RemasterUntitled Steamworld Game
Future UnfoldingUntitled Taiko Drum Master game
GNOG (PSVR)Untitled Tales Game
God of WarXenoblade Chronicles 2
Golem (PSVR)
Gran Turismo Sport
Gravity Rush 2
Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Knack 2
Knights and Bikes
Loot Rascals
Megaton Rainfall (PSVR)
MLB: The Show 17
New Hot Shot Golf
Nex Machina
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Nier: Automata
Nine Parchments
Obduction (PSVR)
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered
Persona 5
Project Phoenix
Shenmue III
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PSVR)
Starblood Arena (PSVR)
Statik (PSVR)
Sudden Strike 4
Symphony of the Machine (PSVR)
Syren (PSVR)
Tales of Berseria
The Last of Us Part II
The Silver Case
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Valkyria Revolution
What Remains of Edith Finch
Wipeout Omega Collection
XING: The Land Beyond
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Ys Origin
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus: Summer Memories
Japan Only
Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight
Blue Reflection
Musou Stars
New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shingakki
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash
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