According to Xbox, PlayStation Excluded are better

According to Xbox, PlayStation Excluded are better

Within Microsoft’s response to the CMA’s problem statement, a document that you can find at its entirety on this link, Xbox says the proposed merger is pro-competitive because of Sony’s position as “dominant platform holder“.

Xbox confesses on PlayStation excluded

Xbox less qualitative in terms of excluded? We can thus read in this document:

Besides being the main console supplier, Sony is also a powerful game publisher. Sony is roughly equivalent in size to Activision and nearly double the size of Microsoft’s game publishing business.

There were over 280 first-party and third-party exclusive titles on PlayStation in 2021, nearly five times more than on Xbox.

Later in the document, to prove that the merger would have no adverse effect, Microsoft/Xbox states:

Sony has more exclusive games than Microsoft, many of which are higher quality

Exclusive proprietary games from Sony and Nintendo rank among the best-selling in Europe and worldwide.

Sony’s current exclusive content includes prominent first-party titles such as The Last of UsGhost of Tsushima, God of War and Spiderman.

Referring further to call of duty :

It’s unlikely that Sony, the leading console with a more than 2-to-1 lead, would be left out because of not having access to a single franchise.

In short Microsoft does not hesitate to point out that the PlayStation has better exclusives than the Xbox to justify its takeover of Activision Blizzard.

What do you think of this statement? And without getting into a sterile battle, what do you think of PlayStation exclusives compared to Xbox? Is this a good buyout argument?

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