During a recent press conference at a European Commission hearing, Microsoft claimed that PlayStation has a 70% share of the global console market while Xbox has 30%. In Japan, the company is said to have 4% share against Sony’s 96%, and according to a recent tweet from The Verge’s Tom Warren, the company has a 20% market share against Sony’s 80% in the European Economic Area. However, details on either company’s share on the United States market were not revealed.
The first statement is via company president Brad Smith who made the statement for Microsoft’s proposal on why its acquisition of Activision Blizzard to be approved, after recent objections the company received from the EU. The company also stated that it had offered Sony a 10-year legally enforceable contract to make each new Call of Duty game available on PlayStation the same day it comes to Xbox. Additionally, Microsoft also recently announced a 10-year partnership with Nvidia to bring its Xbox and PC games to Nvidia’s cloud streaming service GeForce Now, as well as a “binding 10-year legal agreement” to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms as previously stated by Phil Spencer in December.
Microsoft thinks its two deals, with Nvidia and Nintendo, will be enough to convince regulators. Smith on the CMA: "Do you want to kill a deal and cement Sony's position? Or do you want to open this [Call of Duty] up to 150 million more people?" pic.twitter.com/S1M3bmqEY5
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 21, 2023
Statements from Smith via GamesIndustry.biz can be seen below:
“Think about the market in Europe. It is a market where Sony has an 80% share. Globally, it is about 70/30. In Japan, it is 96/4. These numbers have been remarkably steady for two decades. Even last year, when there were issues with Sony’s supply chain, they came back strong.”
“We haven’t agreed a deal with Sony, but I hope we will,”
“I hope today is a day that will advance our industry and regulation in a responsible way.”
Details for the latest game in the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II can be seen below:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, the sequel to 2019’s blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, will deliver the most ambitious and innovative Call of Duty to date, ushering in a new era for the franchise. Next-generation technology and gameplay come together in the most groundbreaking and comprehensive game in the series. Fight alongside Task Force 141 in a globe-trotting single-player campaign, play lone-wolf or rally with your team in immersive multiplayer combat, complete with new locales and ways to play, and experience an evolved Special Ops game mode featuring tactical co-op gameplay. Fans everywhere can look forward to a new Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 experience releasing this year, the evolution in Battle Royale with a brand-new play space. Expect a massive calendar of free content post-launch featuring evolving gameplay with new maps, modes, seasonal events, community celebrations and more.
Epic and Gripping Single-Player Campaign
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II picks up the action as the sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), as the newly formed Task Force 141 faces a massive global threat across a campaign of missions that push the boundaries of gameplay.
The action takes players around the world as Task Force 141 works to neutralize a terrorist conspiracy and attack on the US, spanning locations around the globe.
A newly aligned menace conspires to create chaos inside the US’ borders and Task Force 141 must come together against all odds.
Players will fight alongside the most iconic characters in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, including Captain Price, Ghost, Soap, Gaz and Laswell, as well as encounter a host of lethal new allies like Mexican Special Forces, Colonel Alejandro Vargas and adversaries drawn from the murkiest corners of the global war on terror.