You Can't Play Titanfall On PS4--But You Can Watch It

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Well, that's one way to put Titanfall on the PS4, I guess.

The channel Epic Reset Gaming (YouTube, Twitch) got the idea to share Titanfall with PlayStation 4 gamers through, once again, the magic of The Playroom, ostensibly an augmented reality game using your living room as the play space. Most folks who stream their sessions of Playroom do anything but play The Playroom, preferring instead to use the camera to broadcast something from their homes. In this case, Epic Reset has pointed the camera at an Xbox One a PC playing Titanfall.

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You can watch it here, via UStream.

The stream has between 100-120 viewers and is on the first page of feeds in the Live from PlayStation section on the PS4 dashboard. For those wondering, Live From PlayStation can't tune in to anything on Twitch or UStream that isn't being streamed from a PS4.

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But to be perfectly clear, Titanfall ain't never coming to PS4; Electronic Arts has said it is a Microsoft exclusive "for the life of the title," though "the title" means this game, and not necessarily a sequel, which is all but assured.

[h/t Edo]

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DISCUSSION

Much like Xbox and 360 were Halo machines, I think Microsoft is trying to position the Xbone as the Titanfall machine. Even if Titanfall 2 is also on PS4, Xbone will have already solidified it's reputation as the machine that you play Titanfall on. Yes, the PS4 version will sell, but they will miss out on all that market share that already bought an Xbone for the first game.

Sony can remedy this however by throwing a little money at the problem, Microsoft style. Let them have their fun for now, but position the PS4 version of Titanfall 2 as the superior version with exclusive content not found on the Xbone.

Will this piss off fans of the first game that invested in an Xbone? Yeah, probably. They'll likely feel a little bit cheated, but this will slam the brakes on whatever momentum Microsoft built up with the exclusivity agreement in the first place.

How can Microsoft counteract this from happening? Throw even more money at the game to try and land exclusivity for the sequel as well. That will pretty much prevent Sony from stealing their thunder.