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    Are exclusives a viable advantage of console?

    Console gamers will often say things along the lines of "Console has better exclusives", "Console has more exclusives", or both. If you don't look carefully enough, these seem like good arguments, you won't be playing Uncharted 4 on PC, you won't be play The Last Of Us 2, no Horizon Zero Dawn, etc. But, after a bit of simple math, you'll find this argument really isn't all that great.

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    There are a whopping 16,305 Windows games on Steam currently. Let's say 65% of those are exclusive (It's probably more, but we're just doing some conservative estimates). This means there's 10,598 exclusive games on Steam, and this is a low estimate. Let's be very conservative, and say just 2% of these games are good. This gives us 212 good games on just Steam. That's more than PS4's and Xbox One's total exclusives combined. And this is just 1.3% of the total games on Steam. Let that sink in for a moment.

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    In conclusion, the exclusives argument (From the console side, at least) really isn't a valid one. The amount of good PC exclusives using very conservative estimates outnumbers the total amount of exclusives on both current consoles. If you're curious about the PC, here's a link to another post I did...

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    There are many great pc exclusives, but the thing is that 99.9% of the people, including console gamers, already own a computer that can run most popular exclusives. Think of WoW and LoL.
    The idea of buying a console is to play additional games like God of War and Last of Us.

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    I don’t think you can equate all "good" games. People want Uncharted 4 or The Last of Us 2… not just generic "good" games.
    Its not about the numbers of exclusives. It is about having the right exclusives. You can say "but you have 212 great games on Steam" all you want. I just want to play Uncharted.
    Branding and marketing are strong forces.
    This also ignores the other reasons to buy consoles.. such as simplicity and price but can save those for another day.

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