PlayStation calls Xbox’s Call of Duty proposal ‘inadequate on many levels’

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says Xbox’s guarantee that Call of Duty will remain playable on PlayStation consoles for “a few more years” is “inadequate”. It would be three years.

Ryan said so in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz. He’s referring to Phil Spencer’s statements last week: Spencer reported that Xbox promised in a letter to PlayStation that Call of Duty would remain playable for “a few more years” after Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, with “the same content and features” as the Xbox version.

Xbox said that promise is “beyond typical game industry agreements”, but PlayStation boss Jim Ryan calls the promise “inadequate”. “I wasn’t going to comment on this because I thought it was a private business deal, but I feel the need to rectify this because Phil Spencer made it public,” Ryan said.

“Microsoft only offered to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for another three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After nearly twenty years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to consider the impact on our gamers. We want to ensure the best Call of Duty experience for our PlayStation gamers, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines that premise.”

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