It has been over a year since Sony first announced that they would bring the former PlayStation exclusive series MLB The Show to Xbox as early as 2021
The move means that over 18 million Game Pass subscribers will have free access to the game on Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S, or on Android phones via xCloud streaming. This creates a somewhat difficult situation for PlayStation owners, who have to pay individually for a Sony San Diego-developed and Sony-published game that many Xbox subscribers will be included in the subscription fee.
This is especially noteworthy because Sony has its own subscription service, PlayStation Now, which does not get MLB The Show on launch day (at least now). Then again, PlayStation Now has been struggling to compare itself with the Game Pass “day one” blaster for a while now, especially when it comes to first-party software. Sony’s recent “Play From Home” initiative and PlayStation Plus Collection have recently opened access to some Sony-published titles, but these too have been about dated software.
MLB The Show also establishes major sports games as an important part of the Xbox Game Pass value. NBA 2K21 and Madden 21 both met the subscription service on March 4, and NHL 21 coming to Game Pass in April. These games were available for several months before they became part of the subscription service MLB The Showthe more remarkable is the availability on the day of launch of the Game Pass.
“As we said from the beginning, this is an incredible moment for all of us, and bringing the series to more players and baseball fans is something we at MLB, MLB Players, Inc. and Xbox are excited about,” said Microsoft. said in the announcement today. “We can’t wait for Xbox fans to experience the fastest, deepest and most intense instant baseball action yet.”
From Sony MLB The Show franchise has been a platform-exclusive selling point since the days of the original PlayStation, when it was simply called MLB ’98. The series has been the only MLB-licensed video game for baseball simulation since 2K Sports announced the end of MLB2K series in early 2014.
“This is a very exciting moment for all of us, as the big series will be available to more players than before,” Sony said in February when they officially confirmed the Xbox versions of the game. “We want to thank everyone at PlayStation, Xbox, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Players Association and San Diego Studio for working diligently to bring MLB The Show to more users. “
Last year saw previous PlayStation exclusives Horizon: Zero Dawn and Death Stranding launch on the PC, the latter published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Microsoft, meanwhile, recently confirmed that at least “some” upcoming Bethesda titles will be exclusive to Xbox consoles and PCs after the publisher’s $ 7.5 billion acquisition.