The war of words continues between Microsoft and Sony. Phil Spencer, the boss of the Xbox branch, accuses his rival of wanting to maintain his domination of the video game market by wanting to “shrink the Xbox”.
Since the beginning of the year, Microsoft has been struggling to obtain the green light from the competition authorities which will allow it to pocket Activision Blizzard, a 69 billion dollar operation. American and European regulators are already scalded by this kind of huge transactions, but another obstacle stands in the way of the manufacturer of the Xbox: it is of course Sony.
Sony is getting bigger, Xbox is shrinking
The Japanese group takes a very dim view of a merger that could overshadow the PlayStation. On the one hand, there is the thorny question of call of duty : Sony fears that Microsoft will abandon the PlayStation platform, despite assurances that it won’t. Microsoft has even announced that in the event of an acquisition of Activision, the Switch will benefit from a ten-year guarantee of call of duty. A deal that could extend to Sony, if the company wanted to.
During the podcast Second Request, Phil Spencer had harsh words against his direct competitor. ” Sony is trying to protect its dominance in the console market “, he attacks. ” Their way to grow is to shrink the Xbox “. In hollow, we understand that the boss of the Xbox criticizes his rival for not playing the game of competition. Another complaint: we would have on one side an open Microsoft, and on the other a closed Sony.
” Sony has a very different view of the industry. They do not offer their games on PC [en même temps que sur consoles]they do not offer their games in their subscriptions at launch “, describes Spencer. It is true that Microsoft is struggling to get games out of the console rut (both call of duty the most recent are already on Steam), although Sony is increasingly interested in the PC platform.
Finally, Spencer laments Sony’s stance on Call of Duty: The world’s largest console maker raises an objection to the only franchise that will continue to be developed for [la PlayStation] “.