Xbox Game Pass is here, it’s everywhere. On your consoles, your TVs, your phones and soon your VR headset. And Microsoft’s flagship service could also have come to settle in its big rivals: the PS5 and the PS4.
Xbox Game Pass on PS5? It could have been
The public war between Sony and Microsoft allows us to glean some interesting information. For several months, the two behemoths of the market have been going there each of their argument to defend their point of view on the takeover of Activision-Blizzard and the potential Call of Duty exclusivity on Xbox. Recently, the UK regulator shared concerns about Xbox Game Pass, which it says could be anti-competitive. Microsoft has openly defended itself on this point and would have even kicked its competitor.
The green mark indeed suggests that Sony would have been contacted in order to offer the Xbox Game Pass on PS5 and PS4. Thing that Sony would have “ chose to block to protect its revenue from sales of newly released games, rather than offering premium players access to them through its subscription, PS Plus. On several occasions, PlayStation has strongly opposed the idea of releasing its own exclusives on the PS Plus Extra as soon as they are launched. The Redmond company explains that if the Japanese publisher authorized its service on PlayStation consoles, players on these platforms would have access to Call of Duty, even in the case of exclusivity.
An argument that can obviously make you smile, the two parties not lacking in imagination to try to convince the competent authorities. The latter seem to be divided on the subject. Brazil openly takes Microsoft’s side, recalling that its role is to defend the interests of consumers and not those of competitors, while England is concerned about the impact of the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard on PlayStation.