The Titanfall release date for the Xbox One and PC is little more than a day away and some analysts are wondering if this could be Microsoft’s “Halo moment” that could help catch up the lofty PlayStation 4 sales numbers.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a Titanfall PS4 port is unlikely to the exclusive deal between Microsoft and Electronic Arts, but even if it happens it might be too late for PlayStation 4 fans.
Sony recently let it out that worldwide PlayStation 4 sales numbers had already surpassed six million units sold. This is quite impressive considering Sony originally had only projected they were going to sell around five million by the end of March. Microsoft had also estimated they’d hit the five million mark by month end, but so far estimates put the Xbox One sales numbers somewhere above four million.
Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing and strategy officer for Microsoft’s devices and studios, agrees that Titanfall may be instrumental in the short term success of the new gaming platform:
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of Titanfall to the Xbox One release this year. For us, it’s a game changer. It’s a system seller.”
So at this point what Microsoft needs to catch up is a Halo moment. This writer clearly remembers when the original Xbox came out and how Halo: Combat Evolved was the killer app of the time (admittedly, I was also a Bungie fanboy when they were still a Mac-only game developer producing gaming classics like Marathon and Myth). So when I bought my original Xbox I literally called it my Halo box.
The Titanfall Xbox One bundle has the potential to be this Halo moment since it essentially gives the game away for free. This may make the $100 price difference between the PS4 and Xbone more acceptable since the standalone PlayStation 4 costs $400 and doesn’t include a game (and that’s assuming you can find a PS4 in stock for less than $500). At the same time, the Titanfall release date for the Xbox 360 is just around the corner and there’s also the PC version, as well. So it’s not like gamers are forced to buy a Xbox One in order to satisfy their titan-sized cravings.
Do you think the Titanfall Xbox One launch could signal a turning point in the PS4 vs Xbox One battle?