Xbox vs PlayStation: the squabble is totally declared

Xbox vs PlayStation: the squabble is totally declared

The acquisition of Activision Blizzard revives the strong tension between PlayStation and Xbox and the new accusation from Microsoft should not calm the spirits.

Not a week has passed without PlayStation and Xbox going to war publicly. A rarely seen media soap opera that is due to the takeover of Activision Blizzard, and which has intensified since a dozen countries are scrutinizing the details and potential repercussions of this acquisition. Welcome to your new episode.

Xbox and PlayStation go blow for blow

The few cordial exchanges between Xbox and PlayStation on Twitter seem a long way off. The two manufacturers have been feuding for weeks now over the takeover of Activision Blizzard. We are witnessing a real public unpacking where each accuses the other of evils sometimes identical, sometimes different. For example, Sony attested that Microsoft wanted to “get rid” of its direct competitor.

Microsoft says Nintendo’s differentiated model proves that PlayStation doesn’t need Call of Duty to be truly competitive. But this is indicative of the true strategy of Microsoft which wants PlayStation to become like Nintendo, to no longer be a direct competitor to Xbox.

A month later, the roles are reversed. According to Microsoft, it is Sony who would like to reduce the influence of Xbox on the console market, in order to “protect its dominant position”. Phil Spencer, head of the gaming branch, even criticizes PlayStation’s strategy of not putting all its day one games on PC and in PS Plus.

Sony is trying to protect its dominant position in the console market. They grow by looking to make the Xbox smaller. PlayStation has a vision of the sector very different from ours. They don’t release their games on PC, nor do they include them in their subscription when they launch.

Phil Spencer, boss of Xbox, during the podcast Second Request (via VGC).

Call of Duty does not leave the debate

Phil Spencer also added a layer concerning Call of Duty. For the boss of Xbox, PlayStation clings to this to derail the deal.

The world’s largest console maker is raising an objection about the one franchise we said would continue to release on their platform. It’s a deal that benefits customers through choice and access.

To sum up, we therefore have PlayStation which would strive to nip the takeover in the bud – which is already in danger -, and Microsoft which would act for the “good” of the players above all and not for its business, obviously. . A real playground for adults where greenbacks have supplanted pogs.

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