“Sony has more exclusive games than Microsoft, many of which are better quality,” says the Xbox company itself in response to the agency investigating the purchase of Activision.
Microsoft believes that many games from Sony Interactive Entertainment ‘s in-house studios are superior to those offered by Xbox Games Studios today . The American giant recognizes the high quality of PlayStation exclusives and their popularity with a wide audience of users .
Microsoft representatives made the corresponding statement in a document for the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is engaged in an in-depth analysis of the multi-billion dollar deal between the American company and Activision Blizzard .
As Microsoft notes, the PlayStation library contains a ton of “cult” franchises like God of War , The Last of Us , Ghost of Tsushima , Spider-Man , and Destiny .
“In addition to being the dominant console provider, 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 exclusive first- and third-party titles on PlayStation in 2021, nearly five times as many as on Xbox
Sony has more exclusive games than Microsoft, many of which are better quality,” Microsoft said in a statement.
Microsoft experts also stressed that Sony regularly enters into agreements with third-party companies to release new exclusive projects on PlayStation systems. Bloodborne , Final Fantasy VII Remake , and the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI with Silent Hill 2 Remake deserve special mention.
Microsoft also reminded that in addition to fighting for the attention of the players with Sony, it also needs to compete with Nintendo, which successfully exists without Call of Duty . The corporation believes that CMA experts thoughtlessly wrote off the Japanese company in this proceedings, deciding that it primarily focuses on the family audience of users.
“Nintendo’s use of innovation should not detract from the fact that it is still offering a console experience that competes with Xbox and Sony, and has been able to successfully do so without Call of Duty being on its platform.”
Official statistics from Nintendo confirm that the vast majority of active players on the Switch are between the ages of 18 and 34.
Recall that the UK Competition and Markets Authority will share the results of its investigation in March 2023.