PlayStation Exclusive Franchise Launching Latest Title on Xbox Game Pass Worries Sony Customers

Published 04/03/2021, 5:23 AM EDT
Living room with a Sony PlayStation 5 home video game console and DualSense controller alongside a television, taken on Novemebr 3, 2020. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images via Getty Images)


Sony has a reputation for having a long line of exclusive game titles for its PlayStation consoles. This is often the go-to argument PS users use against those who have an Xbox. However, even the Microsoft customers have the Game Pass to brag about, something that puts them head-to-head with all the exclusives.

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Surprisingly, MLB: The Show 21 recently announced that it will have a day one release on the Xbox Game Pass. The baseball video game has always been a PlayStation exclusive. Therefore, its arrival at the Microsoft console has concerned Sony customers. Could this mean the beginning of the end of PS exclusives?

Industry analysts feel the best road forward for PlayStation will be to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps. Sony launching a Game Pass of its own could prove to be an extremely profitable venture. Unfortunately, the console manufacturers have made it clear on multiple occasions that they do not have similar intentions.

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Throwback to the time Halo released on the PlayStation

After the news of MLB: The Show 21 launching on Xbox Game Pass shocked fans, Daniel Ahmed, a popular analyst, pointed out how this was not an anomaly. He brought up the time when Halo, an Xbox exclusive franchise, also came out on the PlayStation. The analyst also attached a screenshot along with his tweet as proof for the same.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was a movie based on the popular title. While Daniel mocked the concerns of PlayStation fans, they failed to understand the humor behind his prank. Naturally, they flooded his tweet with replies pointing out how it’s a movie and not a game.

A Sony PlayStation 5 home video game console, taken on October 29, 2020. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

The analyst had to clarify his joke due to all the Twitter users sucking the fun out of it. Regardless, PlayStation still has various other exclusive titles, much popular than MLB, that aren’t going anywhere.

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MLB: The Show 21 arrives at the Xbox Game Pass

On a serious note, the latest MLB title launches on the Game Pass on April 20. Moreover, the game boasts of cross-platform play and progress that makes this release even more exciting. Players can enjoy the 2021 season with all their friends, regardless of the platform they are on.

The Game Pass launch also makes it possible for xCloud members to play the game on their smartphones. Xbox is truly making strides in the gaming industry. Clearly, PlayStation needs to do a lot more to maintain its dominance in the space.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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