As the dust settles on Sony's big 2023 PlayStation Showcase, we're left with one big takeaway ahead of Microsoft's show next month - it was a pretty big win for Team Xbox.

Sony's show wasn't bad by any means - in fact, there were lots of games shown that we're excited to play. However, the good news for us and the folks over at Xbox is that much of the show was focused on third-party games that are launching day and date on Xbox Series X|S.

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater, Alan Wake 2, Dragon's Dogma 2 and Assassin's Creed Mirage were some of last night's most impressive titles, and they're all multi-platform. Of course, we're missing out on the likes of Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and the new projects from PlayStation studios Haven and Firewalk, but even something like Bungie's Marathon revival is coming to Xbox on day one.

Importantly for Xbox, Sony showed no real desire to reveal many more of its exclusive projects. We know that plenty are in the works at PlayStation Studios, but beyond Spider-Man the lineup is still very much shrouded in secrecy. After Microsoft's Redfall stumble, it's important that some ground is made back up at the Xbox Games Showcase, and we reckon the team is now in a pretty good position to do just that.

With how long it had been since a proper PlayStation Showcase, fans were speculating that this was going to be the big one from Sony. Sucker Punch's next project, something from the Days Gone team, a deep dive on The Last of Us Factions - these were the sorts of things on people's predictions lists. The fact that these are all still firmly under wraps at Sony HQ means that Microsoft can really try and drum up some excitement around the Xbox ecosystem next month.

Of course, the proof is in the pudding and Microsoft has plenty to prove after its own last 18 months-or-so. But, with Starfield firmly placed to make a big splash this September, we could be in for an exciting ride in the coming months and years. Hopefully, Microsoft pulls back the curtain just a little bit further than Sony at the Xbox Games Showcase, potentially giving us a bit more to be excited about than the PlayStation owner did for its fans yesterday.

One big question mark that lingers ahead of Microsoft's show is how many brand-new reveals we're likely to get, as opposed to already-announced titles we'll see more of. Xbox has so many games that have already been revealed in some fashion — State of Decay 3, Everwild, Avowed, Perfect Dark and Fable just to name a few — and we think it's more likely we start to see these re-emerge than any major surprises.

Even if that were the case, it would still be a very exciting show, and dare we say it - a more impressive one than PlayStation's May 2023 Showcase. Xbox still has lots to prove after a barren start to the generation, but Sony has helped Microsoft's cause by being perhaps a bit too conservative yesterday evening.

How do you feel about Xbox after yesterday's PlayStation Showcase? Leave your thoughts on the start of showcase season down below.