The Microsoft-Activision deal has already made Sony present some exaggerated legal arguments to the UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority. And now Microsoft is arguing that the merger would really be an excellent factor for PlayStation gamers, as a result of it might spur Sony to make its PlayStation Plus subscription service higher.
Xbox says PS Plus value is perhaps lowered after merger
In its response to the CMA on a notice of possible remedies, Microsoft says that together with Activision content material on Xbox Sport Move would result in enhancements for PS Plus:
By enabling Microsoft to compete extra successfully towards Sony, the Merger can be anticipated to push Sony to enhance its subscription providing, to the good thing about its greater than 46 million subscribers, which might in flip end in decrease costs, increased high quality and/or higher alternative for console clients.
Microsoft additionally claims that Sony supplied new PS Plus tiers and extra content material “in response to the announcement of the Merger.” That ignores the argument that these PS Plus modifications may need been made in response to Xbox Sport Move on the whole somewhat than the merger.
As well as, until Activision’s catalog would even be supplied on PS Plus after the potential merger, saying that it might end in “greater choice” for PS Plus clients appears a little bit of a stretch.