Microsoft told UK regulator CMA that the PlayStation 5 games
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Microsoft told UK regulator CMA that the PlayStation 5 games library offers better exclusives than the Xbox

Microsoft told the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that Sony has better quality PlayStation exclusives than Microsoft for Xbox. The console maker cited Metacritic data that said the top 20 exclusives for PlayStation in 2021 scored 87 out of 100, while the same score was 80/100 for Xbox.

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Image Credit: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

In addition to Sony’s top ratings, Microsoft alerted regulators that PlayStation exclusives account for 10-20% of sales, while Xbox exclusives account for 0-10%. The figures for in-game purchases are similar.

In a PDF filed with the regulator, Microsoft confirmed that it has no intention of releasing Activision games for the PlayStation. Regardless of what the company says, however, CMA is still concerned about this possibility. To allay the regulator’s fears, Microsoft released the above data, which suggests that even if the company makes Activision games its own exclusives, Sony will still have plenty of competing products.

Activision Blizzard is behind popular games and franchises: Overwatch, Diablo, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Candy Crush and StarCraft. Above all, the future of Call of Duty is of great concern to Sony, as the franchise has become a real bestseller over the past few decades and attracts not only fans but also casual gamers.

A deal for Microsoft to buy Activision is under scrutiny in the UK and has already been approved by regulators in Brazil and Saudi Arabia. However, the US could have the last word with its Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which, according to the latest data, is likely to file an antitrust lawsuit trying to prevent Microsoft from buying Activision.

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Robbie Elmers

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