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News hardware & software 30 June 2023, 14:03

author: Agnes Adamus

Microsoft Would Like to Drop Exclusives, but Can't Because Sony

According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, console exclusivity of video games is not good. However, the market standards imposed by Sony prevent his company from abandoned this model.

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The soap opera involving Sony and Microsoft continues. The process of obtaining approval for the acquisition of Activision Blizzard reveals more and more interesting information. This time it's about game availability. According to Satya Nadella, CEO of the Redmond giant, Xbox would be happy to release games on all platforms, but while Sony is dominating the market he cannot do this (via The Verge).

During the hearing, Microsoft's CEO admitted that the company would be happy to abandon the idea of console exclusivity and release its games on as many platforms as possible.

  1. Sony's dominance in the market makes the realization of such an idea impossible. It is their publishing policy that imposes such standards.
  2. In the current reality, it is exclusive titles that drive console sales. Giving them up is therefore unprofitable.
  3. Nadella also said that he does not like this state of reality very much.

"If you're interested in other revelations coming from the ongoing Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard, I encourage you to check out our previous news:

  1. Microsoft's Astounding Shopping List Includes Sega, Paradox and IO Interactive
  2. Jim Ryan on Starfield's Exclusivity: 'I Don't Like It, but have No Quarrel With It'
  3. Jim Ryan: 'I've Talked to All Publishers, None of Them Like Game Pass'

Xbox's recent moves blatantly show that the company will indeed maintain the trend of console exclusivity of selected titles. This can be seen, for example, in the imminent release of Starfield.

Agnes Adamus

Agnes Adamus

Associated with since 2017. She started with guides and now mainly creates for the newsroom, encyclopedia, and marketing. Self-proclaimed free-to-play games expert. Loves strategy games, simulators, RPGs, and horrors. She also has a weakness for online games. Spent an indecent number of hours in Dead by Daylight and Rainbow Six: Siege. Besides that, she likes horror movies (the worse, the better) and listen to music. Her greatest passion, however, is for trains. On paper, a medical physicist. In fact, a humanist who has loved games since childhood.


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