According to Microsoft, Sony has more exclusive games than Xbox, and many of its rival’s first-party titles “are of higher quality.”
To the extent that you think Microsoft is dumping on its own game studios for no apparent reason, consider this: the company made the claim in a filing with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is conducting an in-depth review of the proposed Activision Blizzard acquisition.
Despite the fact that the filing is dated October 31st, Eurogamer notes that the document was only recently made public.
The company also said, “In addition to being the dominant console provider, Sony is also a powerful game publisher,” Microsoft wrote in its response to the CMA.
“Sony is roughly equivalent in size to Activision and nearly double the size of Microsoft’s game publishing business. there were over 280 exclusive first- and third-party titles on PlayStation in 2021, nearly five times as many as on Xbox.”
Along with Sony’s own franchises, such as The Last of Us, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, and Spider-Man, the company negotiates exclusive rights to games with third-party publishers.
Major titles that aren’t or won’t be available on Xbox include Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Bloodborne, as well as the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI and Silent Hill 2 remakes.
Sony claims that console exclusives account for a higher percentage of global game sales than Microsoft (Sony recently revealed that it sold 5.1 million copies of God of War Ragnarok during the game’s launch week).
However, many Xbox players prefer to access Microsoft’s exclusives through Game Pass rather than purchasing them outright — a point that Microsoft does not address when discussing the companies’ exclusive game sales proportions.
Microsoft also pointed to review scores for PlayStation and Xbox games, saying. “The average Metacritic score for Sony’s top 20 exclusive games in 2021 was 87/100, against 80/100 for Xbox.”
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