Xbox and PlayStation are currently knee-deep in the ongoing Activision Blizzard acquisition fiasco, with Sony putting up quite a resistance to the deal. While there’s certainly a lot to talk about as new information and quotes have been brought to light yesterday, Xbox did make a statement that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Basically, the companies have no plans to launch PlayStation 6 or the next Xbox consoles until at least 2028.
UK regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) raised a number of concerns recently regarding Microsoft’s acquisition of publisher Activision Blizzard, especially regarding the Call of Duty franchise, arguing that the “impact is likely to be felt especially at the launch of the next generation of consoles, where gamers make fresh decisions about which console to buy.”
In response to the CMA, Microsoft claimed that the next generation of consoles is still several years away;
“The Parties [Microsoft and Activision] do not dispute that some portion of gamers are likely to re-assess their console ownership at the start of a new generation. But they also note that this is an event that only occurs approximately every eight years. The next new generation of consoles are not expected to be released before the fall of 2028 at the very earliest.”
Sony’s argument basically states that there’s a very real threat Microsoft will make the Call of Duty franchise Xbox exclusive. Microsoft recently offered to keep releasing Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles for the next ten years, though also seemingly underplayed the value of the shooter franchise in an attempt to counter Sony’s claims that it’s a prized IP. The entire debacle is getting stranger with a lot of hypocritical counter-arguments being thrown around on both sides. Hopefully it’s resolved fairly, though it may still be a while.
That said, we’re still many years away from seeing PlayStation 6 and the next Xbox consoles.
Source: Video Games Chronicle