Microsoft Admits That Sony Makes Better Games Than Them

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

2 Dec 2022

Microsoft has admitted that gaming industry rival Sony makes the better first-party game out of the two.

The honest admission came from the latest round of statements in Microsoft’s negotiations to acquire game developers Activision Blizzard, which Sony is trying to prevent from going through.

Microsoft’s statement says “many of [Sony’s first-party games] are of better quality” than its own output, going on to call Sony “the dominant console provider” and a “powerful games publisher”, apparently “equivalent in size to Activision and nearly double the size of Microsoft’s game publishing business”.

One the biggest points of contention over the merger is that Microsoft will make the ‘Call of Duty’ franchise an Xbox exclusive, which Microsoft claim they never will.

Some may say the statements sent to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) group, are just Microsoft’s self-deprecating way of appeasing regulators, showing that their $70bn takeover deal Activision Blizzard will not actually hurt Sony or Nintendo.

Sony claims that “Xbox would become the one-stop-shop all the best-selling shooter franchises on console (Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, Doom, Overwatch)” and will lead to Microsoft freely increasing the price of its console and games “free from serious competitive pressure.”