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Will Xbox Become the New SEGA? It Already Sells More Games on PlayStation Than Sony

Xbox’s cross-platform strategy is bearing fruit, positioning it to become the leading game publisher in the industry. During a recent shareholder call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that seven Xbox games currently dominate the best-seller list on the PlayStation Store. This success underscores the rationale for expanding the presence of first-party titles on Sony’s console.

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In a presentation of financial results, Microsoft’s CEO emphasized the remarkable performance of Xbox games on PlayStation.

“Earlier this month, we had seven games in the top 25 on the PlayStation Store, more than any other publisher,”


Satya Nadella

This achievement refers to a list recently published by TweakTown, showcasing the top-selling games on Sony’s platform.

Among the listed titles such as Call of Duty, Overwatch 2, and Minecraft, which have enjoyed prolonged popularity, some may argue that these games were not originally associated with Xbox upon their release. However, it’s undeniable that revenue generated on any platform now contributes to Microsoft Gaming, particularly evident in the recent quarter following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

The most surprising aspect of that list is the inclusion of Sea of Thieves and Grounded, two games that recently debuted on PlayStation and swiftly became best-sellers.

“We’re expanding our games to new platforms, bringing four of our fan favorites to Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation for the first time,”



In contrast, sales of Xbox Series X|S are sharply declining, leading to a 31% decrease in hardware revenue. This paints a grim picture for those optimistic about the future of Microsoft consoles.

As of April 18, 2024, these titles ranked in the top 25 on the PlayStation Store.Image Source: TweakTown
As of April 18, 2024, these titles ranked in the top 25 on the PlayStation Store.
Image Source: TweakTown

Xbox to Continue Releasing Games on PlayStation

Microsoft’s experiment of launching exclusives on rival platforms has proven successful. Sea of Thieves and Grounded, both service-oriented games with moderate budgets, are starting to attract a following on PlayStation, and it’s only a matter of time before they become lucrative ventures for Xbox. This success has validated the strategy, prompting plans to expand it to include more games in the near future.

During the presentation outlining the future of Xbox, Phil Spencer, Director of Microsoft Gaming, reaffirmed their commitment to the exclusive strategy. While not ruling out further releases on Sony and Nintendo consoles, Spencer made it clear that there would be no deviation from their current approach.

“We make every decision with the long-term health of Xbox in mind,”




“And long-term health means a growing platform. When we don’t hurt Xbox, and when we can grow our business by leveraging what other platforms offer to do so, we will.”

Many people are now speculating that Xbox will take on the role once held by SEGA. With the growing preference for mobile devices among new generations, the significance of consoles is diminishing. Games like Fortnite or Warzone Mobile, available across multiple platforms, highlight the fading relevance of exclusives. Companies are recognizing the importance of making their games accessible across various platforms.

The forthcoming Xbox console is anticipated to be the final one in its line. Despite promises of it being the most significant leap in generations, attention is also drawn to the rumored handheld device.

Interestingly, Xbox’s strategies align closely with those of PlayStation. Despite Sony’s dominance in console sales, it has struggled to boost revenue. Consequently, Sony plans to pursue a more aggressive expansion into the PC market.

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