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Sony Admits Xbox Game Pass is ‘Far Ahead’ of PS Plus
Sony has admitted that when it comes to multi-game subscription […]
Sony has admitted that when it comes to multi-game subscription programs, “it is beyond doubt that Game Pass is far ahead of PlayStation Plus.” While the redesigned PS Plus tiers have been touted as Sony’s Xbox Game Pass competitor, the platform holder feels like there’s a long way to go before they’re on even terms.
Call of Duty could increase the gap between PS Plus and Game PassSony claims that even if they accept a deal to keep Call of Duty on PS5 and PS4 for the next 10 years, Microsoft still has ways to push gamers towards Xbox. One way is to make future Call of Duty games exclusive to Xbox Game Pass, a point Sony raised when they claimed The Elder Scrolls 6 would be Xbox exclusive. This would make Game Pass a much better proposal than PS Plus for many gamers.
Another of those ways is the cost of the license. Apparently, “Microsoft could manipulate prices of its license to weaken PlayStation or PlayStation Plus” by “providing Call of Duty on PlayStation Plus at a commercially unviable price, thereby making it de facto exclusive.” In other words, the license costs would force Sony to increase its subscription prices to a point where players are no longer willing to pay that amount.
Either way, a decision is yet to made on the Activision Blizzard acquisition and a Call of Duty deal between Sony and Microsoft is yet to be agreed. It remains to be seen whether Xbox Game Pass will remain far ahead of PS Plus.
According to the report, Sony believes that Microsoft will make COD exclusive to Game Pass, which will push gamers toward Xbox. Even though MS offered them the ability to have it on PS Plus.
But they counter this by saying that they suspect that Microsoft will try a dirty tactic,
“Microsoft could manipulate prices of its license to weaken PlayStation or PlayStation Plus” by “providing Call of Duty on PlayStation Plus at a commercially unviable price, thereby making it de facto exclusive.” In other words, the license costs would force Sony to increase its subscription prices to a point where players are no longer willing to pay that amount.
Sony admits "Game Pass is far ahead of PlayStation Plus" - Meristation USA
Sony continues to admit weaknesses that make Microsoft look too dominant to consent to in order to slow down the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
But the plot goes even further, suggesting that if the company buys Activision Blizzard, its great rival could take revenge in the following ways:
- Raising the price of Call of Duty on PlayStation
- Degrading the quality and performance of Call of Duty on PlayStation compared to Xbox
- Restricting, degrading or no prioritising investment in the multiplayer experience on PlayStation; or
- Making Call of Duty available on multi-game subscription services (“MGS”) only on Game pass or providing Call of Duty on PlayStation plus at commercially unviable price, thereby making it de facto exclusive.
which is some very creative thinking. However, I believe Sony may have chosen the wrong legal team for this job because to anyone with a minimal knowledge of the industry this is slightly silly.
in fact, at this point they may be hurting their own block case against the deal, this is the most unhinged it's gotten so far so thought this was something to highlight.