In many ways, PlayStation fans often consider themselves more “hardcore” than Xbox fans.
Whether it’s true or not is irrelevant; the bottom line is that Xbox followers are often viewed as “casual” or just mainstream, while those heavy into PlayStation are typically considered avid gamers; the “core” gaming group, so-to-speak.
Perhaps evidence of this can be found in the exclusive titles in each brand’s library over the years. For instance, while Sony has clearly taken more risks and enjoyed rewards for those risks, Microsoft has been more content to stick to the status quo (the “if it ain’t broke” approach). Heavy Rain is one of the better examples of a game that fared exceedingly well with the PlayStation crowd and to this day, I wonder if it would’ve sold well had it been exclusive to Xbox.
Alan Wake didn’t sell well at all and again, I’ve considered the possibility that PlayStation aficionados would’ve responded better to such a game. I’m almost certain they would’ve. And while the previous Dark Souls titles were multiplatform, Demon’s Souls was a PS3 exclusive, and now Bloodborne is exclusive to PS4. Obviously, we’ve got a Japanese developer so it’s not exactly shocking. But do you believe a game like Bloodborne would sell just as well with the Xbox crowd? Honestly, I don’t.
I’m not saying everyone who owns an Xbox One is a casual gamer. That wouldn’t be true at all. But such questions are worth asking, don’t you think?