Microsoft Gaming CEO says Sony only wants to hurt Xbox

A giant DualSense controller sits next to a tiny Xbox Series X/S controller.

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The public dispute between two of the biggest console gaming companies has intensified. On a recent podcast appearance Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming slammed Sony for wanting to grow by “making Xbox smaller.” The accusation comes after the Federal Trade Commission determined to sue Block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision based on a pattern in the manufacture of recently acquired games how starfield exclusive.

“Sony is having the dialogue about why the deal shouldn’t go through to protect its dominant position on the console, so go for it call of Duty‘ Spencer said during an interview with the Second request Antitrust Podcast last week (above VGC). “The world’s largest console maker is objecting to the one franchise we’ve said will continue to ship on the platform.”

Spencer contrasted Xbox’s strategy of bringing the tag and date of its games to PC and Game Pass with Sony’s focus on bringing its latest first-party blockbusters such as Horizon forbidden west and God of War Ragnarok exclusive to the console for the first few years. “Sony is trying to defend its dominance on console,” Spencer said. “They’re growing by making the Xbox smaller.” The subtext is that Sony is strongly committed to blocking Activision’s $69 billion deal, not because it’s bad for consumers, but because it’s no good for PlayStation is.

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Microsoft has ramped up its PR offensive as regulators weigh the pros and cons of acquiring the seventh-largest games publisher by revenue buy his way in second place in the game room. The company agreed to hold a 10-year contract call of Duty on PlayStation, as well as plans too brings the franchise back to Nintendo’s platform. It argues to put the same surveillance 2 and DiabloIV on Game Pass means more player choice, not less. While Sony continues to do everything it accuses Microsoft of wanting to do, such as B. Paying to keep big games like Final Fantasy XVI from the Xbox.

But there is a major flaw in the reasoning: starfield. Microsoft bought Bethesda for $7.5 billion in 2021 and announced the next sprawling RPG from months after the deal closed Skyrim studio would be an exclusive Xbox Series X/S console. redfall to. The tech giant tried to split hairs as to why starfield was a unique exception, and why call of Duty and other Activision games would not fall into the same category. Not convinced, the FTC pointed out starfield Twist as one of the main reasons for launching an antitrust lawsuit.

And because of this lawsuit, we’ll likely be in for several more months of nausea Console War Sniping from both sides. At least it’s refreshing to no longer see the megacorporations trying to pretend to befriend them on stage at the Game Awards. The companies are not your friends or anyone else’s.

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