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26th Jun 2023

Xbox boss says he ‘will do whatever it takes’ to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation


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‘I Will Do Whatever It Takes’ to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said he “will do whatever it takes” to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.

Microsoft have currently been in court as they go up against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC wants to block that acquisition through an injunction, claiming that Microsoft – through owning the huge games production company – is likely to “have the ability, an incentive, to harm competition in various markets related to consoles, subscription services and the cloud (for gaming).”

During the second day of the trial, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley asked Spencer if PlayStation would continue to authorise the sale of Call of Duty, to which he said: “I would raise my hand. I will do whatever it takes.

“We have no plan. I’m making a commitment standing here that we will not pull Call of Duty – it is my testimony – from PlayStation.”

He continued: “As you said, Sony obviously has to allow us to ship the game on their platform.

“But absent any of that, my commitment is, and my testimony is that we will continue to ship future versions of Call of Duty on Sony’s PlayStation 5.”

Last year, Spencer said that they would continue to ship the Call of Duty franchise to PlayStation “as long as there is a Playstation to ship to”.

Recent court documents revealed that Microsoft had reportedly conceded that it had officially “lost the console wars”.

According to a report by IGN, the company described its entry into the gaming industry in 2001, when its original Xbox console was outsold by both Sony and Nintendo by a “significant margin”.

“Xbox’s console has consistently ranked third (of three) behind PlayStation and Nintendo in sales,” IGN quoted the document as reading.

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