Exclusive titles have always been a big part of video game marketing. True, there are plenty of fans who can dig into hardware specs and argue over which machine is worth the asking price, but for the average consumer, the easiest way to tell which console is worth owning is by looking at the games themselves.

Strangely enough, console exclusives haven't played as big a role in overall sales during the current hardware generation — that being said, both Microsoft and Sony have been quick to point out whenever their competition's library is lacking. 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for both publishers — so, with the first big release window of the year coming up, we thought it best to compile both consoles' exclusive libraries into a single list.

We've decided to stay away from rumored release dates, so only titles that have confirmed 2016 release windows are on this list. Of course, everything here is subject to change — but, as of this writing, here are all of the major PlayStation 4 and Xbox One exclusives scheduled for 2016:

PlayStation 4

Most of the PlayStation 4's exclusive lineup may not have release dates quite yet, but there are a few titles with concrete launch windows. Leading the charge are Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank pseudo-reboot/remake and Naughty Dog's highly-anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Title

Developer

Release Date

  Ratchet & Clank   Insomniac   April 12
  Uncharted 4: A Thief's End   Naughty Dog   April 26
  Shadow of the Beast   Heavy Spectrum Entertainment   May 17
  No Man's Sky   Hello Games   June 21
  Star Ocean 5   tri-Ace   June 28

Sadly, the rest of the games here don't have release dates quite yet, but don't worry — as soon as they do, we'll make sure to update them. Until then, here are the rest of Sony's confirmed exclusives for 2016:

Title

Developer

Release Date

  EVE: Valkyrie   CCP Games   Spring 2016
  Umbrella Corps.   Capcom   Spring 2016
  The Tomorrow Children   Q-Games   Spring 2016
  Ace Combat 7   Project Aces   TBA
  Boundless   Rebellion   TBA
  Detroit: Become Human   Quantic Dream   TBA
  Drawn to Death   SCE San Diego   TBA
  Dreams   Media Molecule   TBA
  Gran Turismo Sport   Polyphony Digital   TBA
  Gravity Rush 2   SCE Japan   TBA
  Hellblade   Ninja Theory   TBA
  Hotshots Golf   Clap Hanz   TBA
  Horizon: Zero Dawn   Guerrilla Games   TBA
  The Last Guardian   Team ICO   TBA
  Let It Die   Grasshopper Manufacture   TBA
  MatterFall   Housemarque   TBA
  Nier: Automata   Platinum Games   TBA
  Persona 5   Atlus   TBA
  What Remains of Edith Finch   Giant Sparrow   TBA
  World of Final Fantasy   Square Enix   TBA

Xbox One

When it comes to exclusive titles, the Xbox One is currently trailing its competition. Granted, Microsoft may be saving its exclusive reveals for E3, but as it stands, the publisher's latest console doesn't have much to call its own. That being said, there are some fantastic-looking games on offer here, starting with Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break:

Title

Developer

Release Date

  Quantum Break   Remedy Entertainment   April 16

After that ... well, there's not much in terms of solid release dates, but there are plenty of games headed exclusively to the Xbox One:

Title

Developer

Release Date

  Below   Capybara Games   Summer 2016
  Crackdown 3   Cloudgine   Summer 2016
  Gears of War 4   The Coalition   Fall 2016
  Halo Wars 2   Creative Assembly   Fall 2016
  Ashen   Aurora 44   TBA
  Cuphead   Studio MDHR   TBA
  Gigantic   Motiga   TBA
  ReCore   Armature Studios   TBA
  Sea of Thieves   Rare   TBA

As you can see, Sony has the upper hand when it comes to console exclusives ... for now, at least. With E3 fast approaching, there's no telling what Microsoft and Sony have up their sleeves — but whenever the publishers reveal their next batch of exclusive games, we'll be sure to update our list!

Both Microsoft's and Sony's E3 2016 press conferences are set to air on Monday, June 13.

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