PlayStation Plus on Xbox? Microsoft doesn’t allow it, according to Sony | Xbox One

Recently, Sony raised various concerns with the UK competition authorities regarding the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. But the information published by the Japanese giant also indicates that it has also explored the issue of making PlayStation Plus available on Xbox.

Would Sony Bring PlayStation Plus to Xbox?

Sony has complained about several elements to the CMA, such as the risk of major Activision games becoming exclusive to Xbox (Call of Duty) or Microsoft taking advantage of a dominant position to raise the price of its consoles or services.

We often hear that Sony has denied the Xbox Game Pass offer to be available on PlayStation, but it seems identical on the other side. In the document written by Sony at CMA, the Japanese console manufacturer claims that Microsoft does not allow PlayStation Plus to be available on Xbox.

Microsoft argues that the request for multi-game subscription services would not favor Game Pass because Microsoft would also make Game Pass available on PlayStation. But the wider availability of the mainstay (Game Pass), now with irreplaceable exclusive content and protected by direct and indirect network effects, would make it harder – not easier – for subscription services to compete.

Microsoft’s position that the availability of Game Pass on PlayStation would be a panacea for the damage caused by this transaction proves particularly hollow, as Microsoft does not allow PlayStation Plus to be available on Xbox.

Nobody wants a competing service on their platform

We don’t know if Sony would like to see PlayStation Plus land on Xbox, but the company seems to have studied the issue enough to know that Microsoft won’t allow it. This situation is quite funny as Microsoft, for its part, had told the CMA that PlayStation had blocked Xbox Game Pass from its ecosystem.

There is also no basis for the idea that the Call of Duty acquisition could “tilt” subscription services in favor of Xbox. Sony has chosen to block Game Pass on PlayStation, so it is not available on PlayStation. As all games available on Game Pass are also available for purchase, PlayStation players will continue to have the option to purchase Call of Duty on PlayStation. And it will always cost less than switching to buy a new Xbox console.

It seems quite logical and understandable that neither of the two manufacturers wants to offer a competing service on their platform, especially since offers for subscription games are not yet legion and there is a lack of a market. As a reminder, last spring Sony announced the new PlayStation Plus, a service that aims to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.

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