Almost everything in video gaming these days has exclusive rights. Timed exclusivity for actual games, DLC and other content. There’s also exclusive advertising rights which has become a big thing for Sony during the current generation of gaming. It got me thinking, with Scorpio coming out later this year and Sony having their PS4 Pro already out, could we see 4K exclusivity? Third parties like money, and consoles like exclusivity for everything so it’s very possible.
There’s still many highly rated third party games which were never PS4 Pro patched, and it’s very possible that if Microsoft financed it, they could get exclusive rights to a “Scorpio patch” for games like The Witcher 3 for example. With PS4 Pro and Scorpio being upgraded consoles, there’s no actual obligation for third parties to run their games at a higher resolution, framerate or use the power of the upgraded consoles. This means both companies are within their rights to work out deals with third parties to make their games exclusively 4K on one of the consoles.
I could see this happening more with Microsoft and the Xbox Scorpio console due to the power and capabilities it’s going to have over the PS4 Pro. That extra power could be what is needed for Microsoft to work out deals with third parties to make the most powerful version of their game on their console. Many of the third party titles that were patched for PS4 Pro are not running in native 4K, it’s however been said that Scorpio could easily run Xbox One games at native 4K and then some. It could be tough for Microsoft to work out many deals however because Sony has many partnerships with publishers for upcoming games this year.
With the incoming threat of the much more powerful Project Scorpio, it’s very possible that Sony could work out deals with those third parties they are working with to exclusively offer 4K visuals on PS4 Pro. This could be a major problem for Project Scorpio as it would need as many third parties supporting the console as possible to show gamers the difference between playing on PS4 Pro and Scorpio. Sony is winning the exclusive advertising rights/DLC war that is ongoing, and losing out third party 4K support could be another war that Microsoft will lose if Sony pushes hard enough to do it.
Sony and the PS4 were notorious for having the better running games on PS4 over Xbox One when it launched. The resolution and framerates of launch titles on both consoles were leaked prior to launch, and it showed Xbox One didn’t have many games at 1080p or 60fps. As you can imagine it most likely helped sales for the PS4, and Sony must’ve liked having the powerful console advantage in the current generation of gaming. You would think that Sony would want to move away attention from the release of Scorpio, and stopping third parties from utilizing its power could be a harsh but smart business tactic.
Both Sony and Microsoft have got reasons to push for 4K exclusivity going forward. Sony was smart to have the one year advantage and get third parties on board right away, but the year wait for the power advantage could be what Microsoft needs to push their new console and impress third parties who have already used the PS4 Pro’s capabilities.
What are your thoughts? Could you see this happening or are third parties going to refuse due to possible backlash? Could we see console parity even with Scorpio having the power edge over PS4 Pro? Let us know in the comments section below.