News Microsoft Issues Statement In Response To 'Redfall On PS5' Reports
Setting the record straight
Earlier this week, we were treated to a massive set of hands-on previews for Bethesda's Redfall, which looks to be another fantastic day one addition to the Xbox Game Pass library, arriving in May of 2023. At the same time, an interview was pub
News US Senator Takes Jab At Sony's '98% Monopoly' Of High-End Games In Japan
Xbox has a small footprint in the region
Xbox's ongoing pursuit of Activision Blizzard has been the centre of attention in the gaming sphere for months now, as Microsoft continues to try and secure approval for its huge deal. This has meant we've spent plenty of time following court proceedings as of late, and recent comments from a US senator mean...
Report Redfall Was 'Immediately Cancelled' For PS5 Following Xbox Takeover
"It was a change with capital C"
Update: Microsoft has since issued a response to this, which you can read elsewhere on Pure Xbox: <related ids="147018"> Original story: To the surprise of very few, it turns out Redfall was planned for PlayStation at one point. Then, Microsoft ended up taking over Arkane Studios, and the decision was...
News 'Tchia' Could Be Heading To Xbox Following Impressive PS5 Reviews
"Excited to make the game as accessible as possible..."
You might have seen some talk about the indie game Tchia this week, which arrives today (March 21st) for PS4, PS5 and PC - and if you'd lost hope for a potential Xbox version, it looks like we actually have some good news to share! Looking back through the developer's tweets, it's mentioned on...
News Substantial Amount Of 'LEGO 2K Drive' Screenshots Appear Online
Development looks very far along!
Just about a year ago, we brought news of a report on 2K partnering up with LEGO to develop a bunch of sports games - a partnership that has yet to be formally announced. However, a new leak has certainly made those reports look legit, as a bunch of screenshots of 'LEGO 2K Drive' have been shared online. To be...
News Xbox Execs Congratulate Sony's Shuhei Yoshida On BAFTA Award
"A lot of respect for you..."
Microsoft and Sony might be embroiled in a war of words over the Activision Blizzard takeover right now, but that doesn't mean they can't be nice to each other from to time! Case in point, the new BAFTA award for Shuhei Yoshida. Yoshida, who is the former president of Sony Worldwide Studios, has been awarded a BAFTA...
News Microsoft Isn't Currently Talking To Sony About The Call Of Duty Deal
Other companies are happy to sign 10-year deals
Microsoft yesterday signed another 10-year deal with cloud platform 'Boosteroid' - similar to the 10-year deals it did with Nintendo and Nvidia for Call of Duty. Sony's offer is apparently still on the table, but it seems it's come to a complete halt. In a small update via a story by The Wall Street...
Video How To Voice Chat Between Xbox And PlayStation Using Discord
Party up with your friends
Want to talk to your friends on PlayStation while playing on Xbox? It used to seem like an impossibility, but it's actually not that difficult at all - and it's all thanks to Discord! In just a few minutes, you'll be all set up. Everything you need to know is in the video above, which features Pure Xbox video producer...
News Sony Remains 'Extremely Sceptical' Of Reaching ActiBlizz Agreement With Microsoft
"The Transaction should be prohibited or subject to a structural remedy"
The Activision Blizzard drama has opened up once again today following newly published responses to the UK's Competition and Markets Authority from both Microsoft and Sony, although they're actually dated February 22nd, 2023 - this is just the first time we're getting to see...
News Microsoft Granted Access To Certain Sony Docs As FTC Continues To Scrutinise ActiBlizz Deal
Some access granted, some denied
Many of you have probably been following Xbox's ongoing Activision Blizzard negotiations, with Microsoft still trying to secure regulatory approval for its mammoth deal. As was perhaps expected, Sony has become one of Microsoft's biggest obstacles for the deal going ahead, and it looks like the PlayStation owner will...
News Xbox Claimed Some Market Share From PlayStation In 2022, Suggests Analysis Firm
"Sony sheds market share to Microsoft"
Entertainment industry firm Ampere Analysis has posted a new report on the gaming market in 2022, and it makes for some pleasant reading for Xbox fans. The firm has updated its sales estimates for Xbox Series X|S consoles up to the end of 2022, while also claiming that Microsoft gained some market share from...
News Baldur's Gate 3 Devs 'Aren't Playing The Exclusivity Game' With PlayStation
Despite yesterday's 'State of Play' trailer
Update: It turns out the Xbox version of Baldur's Gate 3 has run into some technical issues during development, which is why it hasn't been announced as of yet. We've covered this story elsewhere on Pure Xbox: <related ids="145700"> Original story: One of yesterday's biggest 'State of Play'...
News Xbox Says It's Offering 'Better Deal' Than Sony's Current COD Contract, Which Expires In 2024
"It's a better deal for Sony than the one they have right now"
Microsoft has been very upfront about offering Sony 10 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation following Xbox's Activision Blizzard acquisition, an offer also extended to Nintendo this week. Even though the likes of Nintendo have now accepted the deal, the PlayStation owner is yet to accept...
News Microsoft Defends ActiBlizz Acquisition By Highlighting PlayStation's Dominance Over Xbox
"Globally, it is about 70/30"
Stop us if you've heard this one before! Microsoft has once again been alluding to PlayStation's dominance in the market as a reason why regulators shouldn't be worried about Xbox's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Speaking at the big European Commission hearing this week, Microsoft president Brad Smith threw around...
News Microsoft And Sony Fail To Make Activision Blizzard Agreement At EU Court Hearing
The Xbox owner has a contract "ready for Sony to sign"
After today's EU court hearing regarding Xbox's purchase of Activision Blizzard, the landscape has changed significantly. Nvidia has agreed a deal with Microsoft, Nintendo has entered an agreement with Xbox - things are looking up. However, there's still the small matter of PlayStation owner...
News Sony Feels Microsoft Is Committing 'Obvious Harassment' In Relation To ActiBlizz Deal
What is going on?!
Not too long ago (although it all seems like a blur at this point), Microsoft ordered Sony to attend court to present its findings regarding Xbox's Activision Blizzard purchase. That court trial hasn't gone ahead yet — the hearing is currently planned for August 2nd — but it seems like Sony isn't too happy with Microsoft's...
News Activision Blizzard CEO Accuses Sony Of 'Trying To Sabotage' Xbox Takeover
Bobby Kotick speaks out
The latest chapter in the never-ending Microsoft and Activision Blizzard saga arrives in the form of comments from Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, who hasn't held back with his thoughts on Sony's role in the process. Speaking to the Financial Times this week, Kotick accused Sony's leadership team of "suddenly" failing...
News Activision Blizzard Thinks Sony's 'The Last Of Us' Can Help Justify The Xbox Acquisition
"Sony will be just fine without the FTC’s protection"
The talk of the TV world right now is undoubtedly Sony and HBO's The Last Of Us series, which has drawn massive attention through its first few episodes — and even Xbox's Phil Spencer has been loving it! However,
News Xbox's Phil Spencer Reveals What He Thinks Of 'The Last Of Us' TV Show
Yes, he's been watching it too
Although The Last Of Us might not be on Xbox in video game form, you can at least watch the highly popular new TV adaptation as part of HBO Max, TV from Sky and even Microsoft Rewards on your Xbox console right now. In fact, that seems to be what Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been doing lately, as he admitted during an
News Microsoft Orders Sony To Attend Activision Blizzard Court Hearing This Summer
For the FTC trial
Things are getting real now! As part of Xbox's ongoing tussle over the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has issued a subpoena to Sony - summoning the PlayStation owner to attend an FTC court hearing this summer. According to a new filing in the overall case, Microsoft issued the legal order on January 17th, expecting...
News 'The Last Of Us' Ads Have Started Appearing On Xbox This Week
Hey, it's free real estate
HBO's 'The Last of Us' TV show is proving incredibly popular right now, as PlayStation brings its exclusive post-apocalyptic game series to the TV network. While we can't play the games themselves on Xbox, we can of course watch the show there, and Microsoft & HBO seem to be taking advantage of that fact. Adverts for...
News Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Praises Sony's New PS5 Accessibility Controller
'Project Leonardo' is currently in development at PlayStation HQ
Earlier this week, Sony unveiled its own version of Xbox's Adaptive controller - a device built to enable anyone to game comfortably and effectively. While we don't know all of the details on Sony's version — 'Project Leonardo' — just yet, Xbox boss Phil Spencer is already liking...
News Sony Joins Xbox's Accessibility Mission With 'Project Leonardo'
But will it be compatible with other platforms?
Microsoft has been a market leader when it comes to accessibility in gaming, and has often called on other video game companies around the world to help make gaming more accessible to the masses. Well, in a surprise announcement today at Sony's CES 2023 press conference, the creator of PlayStation has...
News Microsoft Causes Confusion With Statement About Sony 'Excluding' Games From Xbox
Is it timed or permanent?
Earlier this week, we pointed out that Xbox fans wanted to know what was going on with Square Enix in 2023, and that article ended up being shared far and wide, creating an entirely new story of its own! Xbox News for Koreans on Twitter responded to the article by sharing a Microsoft response to the
News Microsoft Refers To Lack Of Xbox Exclusives As Why ActiBlizz Deal Should Be Approved
In comparison with PlayStation
Yesterday, we highlighted a Bloomberg report in which Microsoft President Brad Smith revealed his disappointment with the US Federal Trade Commission for not sitting down with the company to discuss a proposal related to Call of Duty. According to the report, this was an offer for
Report Microsoft Offers Sony The 'Right' To Include Call Of Duty On PlayStation Plus
But the deal hasn't been accepted yet
We've heard on many occasions that Microsoft has proposed a 10-year deal to Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, but now a new report is suggesting that PlayStation Plus might be involved as well. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft has offered Sony "the right to sell
News Phil Spencer: Sony Wants To 'Make Xbox Smaller' To Protect PlayStation's Dominance
"They have a very different view of the industry"
Before all the Game Awards and FTC lawsuit madness that took place this week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer made an appearance on the
News Microsoft Shows Frustration As Sony Fails To Respond To 10-Year Call Of Duty Offer
"It’s clear they’re spending more time with the regulators"
Earlier today, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed the news that a 10-year commitment has been agreed to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo (and Steam) following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, but as of right now, we still haven't heard about what's happening with Sony and...
News Microsoft President Confirms 10-Year Offer For COD On PlayStation, Says FTC Lawsuit Would Be 'Huge Mistake'
Brad Smith gives his views
Yes, it's another one of these stories! Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith has today been discussing the potential of an FTC lawsuit over the company's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, confirming in the process that Microsoft has not only offered Sony a 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, but...
News Microsoft 'Likely' To Offer Remedies Soon For Activision Blizzard Deal In Europe, Claims Report
Including a 10-year licensing deal for PlayStation
It was confirmed recently that the European Commission was proceeding with a deeper investigation into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and now it sounds like Microsoft is willing to "offer remedies" to seal the deal. In a new report from Reuters, it's been claimed that Microsoft is...
News 'Microsoft Wants PlayStation To Become Like Nintendo', Claims Sony
That's one way to look at it!
As you've probably already seen, Sony Interactive Entertainment's "Observations on the CMA's Issues Statement" from October 2022 was publicly revealed earlier today as part of the ongoing investigation into Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition, and it's basically a long list of reasons why Sony doesn't think the...
News Sony Reveals Xbox Game Pass Has 29 Million Subscribers, Admits New PS Plus Tiers 'Substantially' Behind
In yet another twist in the ongoing Xbox vs. PlayStation ActiBlizz drama (yes, that's definitely its official name now), the UK CMA has revealed Sony's response to the authority's recent "Issues Statement" concerning the acquisition. A
News Xbox's Phil Spencer Adamant Call Of Duty Will Remain On PlayStation 'Longer Term'
"Native. Call of Duty. On PlayStation!!"
Well, this is a debate for the ages! Once again, Xbox has come out to defend its position regarding the future of Call of Duty, this time via a new Phil Spencer interview with The Verge. Phil seems adamant that Xbox will continue to support CoD on PlayStation well into the future, even touching on a...
News EU Commission Employee Frustrates Xbox Fans With Ill-Advised Call Of Duty Comment
"Did you really just say, 'including my PlayStation?'"
As mentioned previously, the European Commission is embarking on an in-depth investigation of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and an employee at the Commission drew a lot of unwanted attention on Twitter this week. Taking to the platform, Ricardo Cardoso (Deputy Head of Unit...
News Final Fantasy 16 Six-Month PS5 Exclusivity Window Confirmed By Sony
Square Enix hasn't announced an Xbox version
More than two years ago, we reported that Sony had snapped up Final Fantasy XVI as a PlayStation exclusive, with Square Enix also providing a statement on the matter. For now, PS5 is the only confirmed platform for FF16's 2023 release, and a new trailer seems to suggest that exclusivity on Sony's...
News Xbox Exec 'Looking Forward' To Playing PS Exclusive God Of War Ragnarok
God of War Ragnarok reviews have been doing the rounds since yesterday's embargo lifted, and it's safe to say the PlayStation exclusive is going down rather well. Our sister site Push Square granted it a rare 10/10 score, and it seems that reviews like these are tempting some of the folk over at team Xbox to try out the game as well. We...
News Horizon Forbidden West 'Senior Writer' Joins Fable Team At Xbox
"Albion has beckoned once again"
Xbox and Playground Games are still busy hiring for the upcoming Fable reboot, and there's been a particularly notable hire recently in the form of Andrew Walsh, who announced earlier today that he was joining the team. Walsh is perhaps best known for his work as a "Senior Writer" on the PlayStation exclusive
News As It Turns Out, Modern Warfare 2 Has Plenty Of PlayStation Exclusive Content
Here's what we're missing out on
Activision's latest Call of Duty title is now out in the wild, which means players are getting their hands on all the content the game has to offer. As has been the case for a number of years now, PlayStation has its own set of exclusive content in this year's Modern Warfare 2, and it's quite an extensive list...
News Sony Could 'Respond' To ActiBlizz Deal By Improving PS Plus, Suggests Microsoft
"Sony has the ability to respond competitively"
There's been a lot of talk over the past week about the CMA's investigation into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and in Microsoft's response to the authority, we found some interesting comments about PlayStation Plus. Basically, the document goes into detail about why Microsoft thinks...
News Silent Hill 2 Remake Confirmed, But It's A Timed PlayStation Exclusive
We won't be playing it on Xbox for a long time
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? The good news is that Silent Hill 2 is officially getting a remake, as confirmed in Konami's showcase earlier today. The bad news is that it's a timed console exclusive for PlayStation 5. Silent Hill 2 Remake, which is being developed by the team behind...
News Microsoft Intended To Release Xbox Game Pass On PlayStation, Sony 'Blocked' It
PlayStation Game Pass?
More and more information from the UK authority's scrutiny of Xbox's ActiBlizz deal is starting to trickle out, and this drop is a juicy one. Again via The Verge's Tom Warren, Microsoft has discussed Game Pass and the fact that the service could have been on PlayStation, had Sony wanted it. In defending its Activision...
News Microsoft Bites Back As Sony Reveals New 'Call Of Duty' Concerns
The drama continues
When will this madness end, eh?! The Call of Duty back-and-forth between Microsoft and Sony has continued lately, with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority publishing a report (thanks VGC) revealing that Sony is concerned that even if the series remains on PlayStation well into the future, it still believes people will be...
News Xbox Argues With UK Regulator Over Activision Blizzard Deal
"The CMA's concerns are misplaced..."
Right, the gloves have come off over at Microsoft HQ it seems. The Xbox owners have begun, well, arguing with the UK's competition regulator regarding its 'Phase 2' analysis of the Activision Blizzard merger. In short, Microsoft is accusing the UK CMA of taking Sony's comments into serious consideration without...
News Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Congratulates PlayStation Studio On Landmark Anniversary
"Congrats to the team"
Xbox boss Phil Spencer is pretty active on Twitter these days, often dropping into all sorts of conversations around gaming generally, not just on the Xbox side of things. Late last week, the Xbox exec replied to PlayStation studio Sucker Punch Productions, congratulating the team on their major anniversary. Sucker Punch...
Rumour Jim Ryan 'Flew To Brussels' To Voice Concerns Over Xbox's ActiBlizz Deal
The PlayStation boss isn't happy
Back at the beginning of September, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan caused quite the stir when he revealed that he believed Xbox's proposal to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation for three extra years was "inadequate on many levels". Now, according to Dealreporter sources (as reported by
News Xbox's ActiBlizz Deal Set To Face Further Investigations, Sony Issues Critical Statement
The company says the deal "would have major negative implications"
Here we go again! OK, so you may remember that back on the 1st of September, the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK expressed concerns about Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard and provided five working days for Microsoft to submit proposals in response, otherwise...
News Xbox & PlayStation Stuck In 'Complicated' Call Of Duty Situation, Says Geoff Keighley
"Statements seem inconsistent"
Jim Ryan's comments were quite something yesterday, huh? The PlayStation CEO threw some shots at Xbox in a public statement about Call of Duty, stating that Microsoft's offer to keep the series on PlayStation for three years beyond Sony's current deal with Activision was "inadequate" and undermines a key principal at...
News PlayStation Boss Heavily Criticises Xbox For 'Inadquate' Call Of Duty Offer
"I feel the need to set the record straight"
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has today issued a quite scathing response to Xbox's Phil Spencer via GamesIndustry.biz, telling the outlet that Microsoft's offer to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation was "inadequate on many levels". Ryan has confirmed that Call of Duty will remain on Pl
News Phil Spencer: Xbox Went 'Well Beyond Typical Agreements' To Keep Call Of Duty On PlayStation
He says it's guaranteed for multiple years
Another day, another story about Call of Duty's exclusivity! This time it comes courtesy of The Verge, which has been contacted by Xbox boss and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer about some specifics regarding the deal. Basically, Spencer has confirmed that
News Xbox's Phil Spencer Praises 'Inspiring Work' From The Last Of Us Dev
All focused around accessibility
To round off a busy Gamescom week, Xbox boss and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer took to Twitter on Friday night to share some love for PlayStation studio Naughty Dog ahead of the release of The Last Of Us Part 1 for PS5. Specifically, he wanted to praise the accessibility options that are being implemented in the...