La Corporate VP of Gaming Ecosystem di Microsoft, Sarah Bond, reveals from the columns of Axios that the Redmond company decided, surprisingly, to send the Xbox Series X / S devkit to Sony before the launch of the consoles to facilitate the landing on green-crossed platforms of the MLB baseball simulator The Show 21.
In telling this curious anecdote, Bond recalls the efforts made by Microsoft and the Xbox Team executives to ensure that the Xbox One and Series X / S toy library could welcome arealistic baseball experience. Hence the idea of looking in the direction of Sony and the IP of MLB The Show.
The exponent of the videogame division of the American technological giant explains in fact that “The name of MLB The Show has always come up in our discussions, we loved that game and were hoping to bring it to Xbox, we felt it was a huge opportunity for our players.”.
To fulfill this dream, Bond tells how Microsoft, at some point, decided to send a complete Xbox Series X development kit (and we also suppose Series S) to facilitate the task of the developers of MLB The Show 21 and favor its entry into the catalog of Xbox consoles. In this way, remembers Sarah Bond, Microsoft chose to take the risk of disclosing i Xbox Series X hardware secrets (it is unclear if, at the time the devkit was sent, Xbox Series S had already been announced) and of trust Sony’s good faith which, in turn, was engaged in the delicate pre-launch phase of PlayStation 5.
The Xbox team executive emphasizes the concept by explaining that “it was a real sign of trust between players in the same industry”. The trust placed in Sony with Microsoft’s (potentially risky) move it paid off both in gaming and relations between the two companies, if we consider that the PlayStation Studios baseball blockbuster has not received “only” an Xbox port, but that MLB The Show 21 has landed immediately on Xbox Game Pass also in its nextgen version for Xbox Series X / S.