Saturday, October 15, 2005


Xbox 360 vs PC

I've been on the fence about whether or not to buy an Xbox 360. I mean, I know I'll get one eventually, but I am debating on whether or not I get one before Christmas. Most of the launch games that I'm interested are also coming to the PC. Now, my gaming PC isn't top of the line but I bet it will still be at least a close approximation of the gameplay and graphics of a 360. Plus I get mods. And free network play.

So I got to thinking about it, and decided to do some experimentation. Just how many Xbox 360 games are going to be out for the PC also?

I took all the games that have been announced so far for the 360. I started just looking at the ones from Microsoft's Xbox page, but then I included a bunch I found out about on GameSpot. Then I weeded out the ones that don't have at least tentative release dates for 2006 or sooner, because I think too much is unknown about them to really judge yet. Then I checked GameSpot and publisher web sites to determine if a PC version was also planned. The results were that 47% of the titles that are scheduled to be Xbox 360 games will also have PC versions (and in some cases, already have PC versions).

Here is my data if you care to see it. A "1" in the PC column indicates it has a PC version
scheduled, and all of them have a "1" in the Xbox 360 column.

Game Title
Developer or Publisher
PC X360
Amped® 3 2K Games
Call of Duty® 2 Activision, Inc. 1 1
College Hoops® 2K6 2K Sports
Condemned: Criminal Origins™ SEGA® 1 1
Dark Sector™ Digital Extremes
Dead or Alive® 4 Tecmo
Dead Rising Capcom
Demonik Majesco Games 1 1
FIFA 2006 Electronic Arts 1 1
FINAL FANTASY® XI Square Enix Co. Ltd. 1 1
Frame City Killer™ Namco Hometek, Inc.
Full Auto™ SEGA®
Gears of War® Microsoft Game Studios
Huxley Webzen 1 1
Kameo™: Elements of Power™ Microsoft Game Studios
Madden™ NFL 06 Electronic Arts 1 1
Metronome Team Tarsier
NBA 2K6 2K Sports
NBA Live 06 Electronic Arts 1 1
NCAA® Football 06 Electronic Arts
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted Electronic Arts 1 1
NHL® 2K6 2K Sports
Perfect Dark Zero™ Microsoft Game Studios
Peter Jackson’s King Kong™ Ubisoft 1 1
Project Gotham Racing® 3 Microsoft Game Studios
QUAKE™ 4 Activision, Inc. 1 1
Saint's Row THQ®
Test Drive® Unlimited Atari®
The Darkness Majesco Games
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Bethesda Game Studios 1 1
The Godfather™ The Game Electronic Arts 1 1
The Outfit™ THQ®
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06 Electronic Arts 1 1
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® 3 Ubisoft 1 1
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland Activision, Inc.
Top Spin™ 2 2K Sports
Mass Effect Bioware
Ridge Racer 6 Namco Hometek, Inc.
Gun Neversoft 1 1
Halo 3 Microsoft Game Studios
Voodoo Nights Mindware Studios 1 1
Chrome Hounds SEGA®
Football Manager 2006 SEGA® 1 1
Splinter Cell 4 (working title) Ubisoft 1 1
Battlefield 2 Modern Combat Electronic Arts 1 1
Prey 2K Games 1 1
Blue Dragon Microsoft Game Studios
Scarface: The World Is Yours Vevendi Universal 1 1
Alan Wake Remedy Entertainment 1 1

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So what does it all mean?

I don't know, but I guess it means that it might take even longer before there are enough exclusive Xbox 360 titles that I want to play before I buy one. I just thought others might be interested in this research so I put it here.

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