Xbox Game Pass for PS4 and PS5? Microsoft says Sony has banned the service | Game station

Xbox Game Pass could have reached the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and PlayStation 4 (PS4), but Sony has banned the competitor, according to Microsoft’s announcements. The phrase was mentioned in the company’s response to the UK’s CMA (Competition and Markets Authority), which decided to further investigate the company’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. It should be remembered that in 2022, the Japanese giant launched its own subscription game service, the new PS Plus. Previously, in some countries, it already offered games through PS Now, which is not available in Brazil.

The acquisition of the Call of Duty company has caused a lot of controversy in the gaming market, with discussions between Sony and Microsoft going through regulatory bodies. Recently, the Brazilian agency CADE was one of the first to give a positive opinion about the purchase.

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This phrase was published by journalist Tom Warren, from the website limit, In a post on his personal Twitter account, he quoted excerpts from Microsoft’s response document to the CMA. According to Microsoft’s statement, at some point the company offered gamers on PlayStation consoles access to Xbox Game Pass games on rival video games.

Given that they are different systems, it is safe to assume that this access will be through Xbox Cloud Gaming, a streaming service over the Internet that allows you to play several games on different platforms, such as browsers, smartphones and even compatible Samsung TVs.

The CMA’s current view is that a second phase of the investigation will be necessary because Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard may lead to less competition, both now and in the future. The organization was not only concerned that acquiring the Call of Duty maker would affect Sony’s ability to compete, but also that it could prevent future competitors from streaming cloud gaming. The CMA noted that the same 3 manufacturers, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, have dominated the market for 20 years with no new competitors.

Xbox games are expected to come to PS via Cloud Gaming — Photo: Reproduction/Microsoft

Microsoft’s response criticized the CMA’s position, saying the company aims to offer consumers more choice by offering both the option to purchase games individually and access them through a subscription service. In addition, he cites that the increase in competition has not been well received by Sony, accusing the competitor of protecting its profits from the sale of releases, instead of offering consumers an alternative to play them on PS Plus. On previous occasions, Sony has already said it will not add launches to the service, which won the Extra and Deluxe plans in 2022.

The controversial statements from Microsoft and Sony have appeared in the companies’ requests and responses to regulators, causing a stir on social media over the past few months. For example, to CADE (Administrative Council for Economic Defense) in Brazil, Microsoft claimed that Sony paid developers to keep games from being removed from Xbox Game Pass.

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