What PUBG Coming to PlayStation Means For Microsoft

PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds has been the talk amongst gamers for months now. Ever since Bluehole's announcement of an exclusive partnership with Microsoft, Xbox gamers are about to get a chance to play PUBG on their Xbox One this year. Though it seems PlayStation gamers will have to wait their turn to play this years hottest new thing. PUBG’s parent company, Bluehole is in talks with Sony to bring PUBG to PS4 as well. At the same time Bluehole is talking about extending their exclusive deal with Microsoft. So whats Bluehole's game here? What does this mean for Microsoft's game plan this holiday?

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WePlayDirty1389d ago

It’s quite hypocritical. Xbox claims to want cross-play with PS4, yet Xbox is trying to make it so that PS4 users can’t play a third party game. It’s also funny how Phil Spencer says he’s not a fan of ‘console exclusive content’.. but is totally ok making an entire game exclusive.

per the article

“What do you think? Is a 12-month timed exclusive deal somehow better than holding back a skin? Or is Phil playing silly buggers with this comment?"

Poli_Games1389d ago

I think it's Phil trying to look good in the moment, but not thinking long term. So in the moment, it was good publicity at the time and made Sony look bad. Now it's come to bite him, but will it stop Microsoft? Sadly, probably not.

uptownsoul1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

I think this had a lot to do with Xbox having Forza 7 as its only larger game for this holiday. So Phil had to go for PUBG. And now he has to try and show a commitment to its exclusivity on a longer term. Its a good biz move & will help this holiday...

It won't help much in 2018 (when the attention will be on major AAAs RDR2, Anthem, Detroit, Dayz Gone, State of Decay, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, Spider-Man, God of War, etc)

DillyDilly1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

So Sony can make something like a Spider-Man game exclusive (previous games all third party) where its not even on PC & Microsoft can not make PUBG exclusive when at least its on PC ?

thekhurg1388d ago

Only thing is, his comment about Sony didn't make them look bad. It made MS look like hypocrites even back then.

-Foxtrot1388d ago

The guy just says anything to make him look like a good guy trying to "fight the good fight" for gamers and wanting to unite them together when really he's just saying anything he thinks we want to hear so more people will hopefully buy an Xbox One

People made him out to be a messiah for the Xbox One but really over the years his cracks have showed and strings are visible.

WePlayDirty1388d ago


The thing is, Sony hasn’t mentioned anything about not wanting third party deals, or thinking restricting content is bad for gamers. I’m calling MS hypocritical based off comments made by them.

4Sh0w1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

....except it's not hypocritical to say you aren't looking to make dlc deals for multiplat games, while still following long standing established business practices that have been done by your main competitor since gaming started= exclusive 3rd party deals.

Who on Earth really thinks what Phil said meant Microsoft will no longer look for 3rd party exclusive deals the rest of Xbox existence in gaming, that would be gaming suicide, with tons of 3rd party devs making up over 90% of the industry compared to both Microsoft and Sony 1st party devs, WHY would Microsoft be so foolish to limit themselves to ONLY 1st party exclusives??? (Dont worry I expect no answer because there isn't a logical one) -While Sony gets to make all the 3rd party deals they want, no criticism= nobody, but ps loyals would even fathom that because they hate seeing any 3rd party deals in favor of Xbox, that's all.

Just like the crossplay is being twisted too, lol so let me get this straight: Wanting to bring in exclusive games to make your platform more attractive (same as Sony does) means you can't possibly want the games that ALREADY ARE OR COMING to Xbox, ps4, & pc to have crossplay??? lmfao, thats some twisted n4psg logic, pffft try harder.

uptownsoul1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

@TheRandomOne - "So Sony can make something like a Spider-Man game exclusive (previous games all third party) where its not even on PC & Microsoft can not make PUBG exclusive when at least its on PC ?"

You have a valid question...But a horrible example:

Spider-Man, from the very beginning, started as a collaboration between Marvel, Sony & Insomniac (Its not like Insomniac's Spider-Man was already a thing being talked about and then Sony swept in).

PUBG was happening with or without Microsoft. In fact Microsoft didn't even enter into the equation until PUBG was already well on its way.

Mr_Writer851388d ago


Sony have bought the rights, and are publishing the game and paying for development.

Nothing like paying a publisher and developer to bring an already in development game to your platform and part of the deal stopping the development of another console version.

Not even slightly the same.

darthv721388d ago

PUBG is already a PC game and what MS is wanting is to have the exclusive console version. That is not stopping the millions of PS4 people out there from playing it on their PC because.. you know, they all say they have gaming PC's when it comes to anything that is out for xbo and PC.... right????

If people think this is a bad move on MS part i ask them to look at the deal Sony made with Capcom over SFV. A game that only one other time was an exclusive and that was on the SNES but every single iteration in the rest of the entire franchise was multi platform. AND, it is Capcom's biggest $$ maker for fighting games. They came up with some BS lie (because it is a lie) about how the game had no budget and would never have been made if it weren't for sony helping out.

If capcom had a budget for other titles at the time then they sure as hell had a budget for SFV without needing Sony's $$. Sony paid to keep it off xbox and this is true because they sure as hell didnt stop it from coming to PC. the PC fighting market pales in comparison to the console fighting market. Last gen xbox was a significant contributor to the fighting genre being as robust as it was.

MS is looking to pay for the development of PUBG on the xbo, not pay for the development of it on the PS4 as well. That would be up to Sony to pay for.

CaptainObvious8781388d ago


Really darth? Really?...

So since "everyone has gaming pc's", MS's sh*tty practice of effectively paying money to block the game coming to the PS4, is ok?....

I can't even.

XisThatKid1388d ago

@Randomone apparently marvel came to them

conanlifts1388d ago

@the randomone "So Sony can make something like a Spider-Man game exclusive (previous games all third party) where its not even on PC & Microsoft can not make PUBG exclusive when at least its on PC ? "

Probably not the best example. Remember Sony until recently owned the film rights to Spider-Man. Their Spider-Man interest extends far beyond this game. If anyone should get a Spider-Man exclusive game then it is Sony. A better example would have been no mans sky or possibly even Hellblade, which is a timed exclusive. Although I don't know for sure if it is coming to xbox. Nioh is another timed exclusive that is coming to pc soon and could eventually make its way to xbox ( who knows).

ClanPsi11388d ago

@TheRandomOne Sony owns the rights to Spiderman and the game's development is being funded by Sony. It's completely different.

Liqu1d1388d ago

@TheRandomOne Marvel chose them.

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Razzer1388d ago

“So Sony can make something like a Spider-Man game “

Microsoft is free to secure deals for licensed games exclusive to Xbox as well. Jesus....I wish they would. The fact is they are “making” less and relying on timed exclusives more. The exact opposite of what Phil Spencer said they would do.

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ElementX1389d ago

The console exclusive content refers to dlc and extras, not games. Everybody is taking that out of context.

freshslicepizza1389d ago (Edited 1389d ago )

Exactly. He was talking about content where gamers pay the same for a game but get less content. Destiny is a prime example of trying to give competing platforms the worse version.

You will never get away from third party deals but the way Destiny did it took things to a whole new level.

I hope PUBG does come to the PS4 then maybe some will stop attacking the game any chance they get.

meka26111388d ago

Lol you spout the truth and get downvoted.

Razzer1388d ago

"My Strategy is more around our own first party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own, and probably fewer exclusive deals for third party content. I want to have strong third party relations, but paying for many third party exclusives isn’t our long term strategy.

This year, the fact that we’re shipping Halo 5, Gears of War, Forza 6, Fable, we can only do that and build that best line-up we’ve ever seen really on the back of franchises that we own. It’s great to have Tomb Raider as part of our line-up, but investing in first party, you’ll see more of that at gamescom next week, is really core to our strategy."
~Phil Spencer, 2015

ElementX1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

Your quote isn't the quote I'm referring to.

"“I don’t know what deals get written. I’ve been pretty open about, I’m not a fan of doing deals that hold back specific pieces of content from other platforms. You don’t see that in the deals we’ve done with Assassin’s and Shadow. We’ll have a marketing deal on those, but I don’t say, hey, I need some kind of Strike or skin somebody else can’t play." -Phil Spencer 2017

thekhurg1388d ago

Who cares what you're referring to. His f***ing quote clearly spells out his comments of being against exclusive 3rd party EVERYTHING.

Gh05t1388d ago

@Razzer and @thekhurg

I didnt know "fewer" meant never going to do this again?

Also said his "focus" was First Party... So if what you have been focusing on has literally fallen apart around you what would be your plan B?

The blind hate is getting tiresome.

Razzer1388d ago

How many times did we hear "console launch exclusive" (translation: timed exclusive) at the last E3? If you want to believe that this is happening less and MS is focusing more on first party then you have no business calling anyone blind.

butchertroll1388d ago

Yeah, denying a game to the other platform is different to denying a few armour and weapons to the other platform.


Phil Spencer is a dumbass hypocrite. And anybody who will defend him are the same.

ziggurcat1388d ago

games count as content, too, not just DLC and extras.

Markusb331388d ago

Nope, just you think that

spreadlove1388d ago


I hope it is exclusive to Xbox, just so the pendulum swings the other way. Hopefully people will get that exclusives is anti-consumer and shouldn't be something consumer ask for. It is even crazy that people ask to make multiplatform games exclusive as if that gives them something extra, as opposed to taking away choices.

MattSomething1388d ago

You are exactly right. People are gonna hear what they want to hear though. It’s called confirmation bias.

XabiDaChosenOne1388d ago

Razzer wrecked all the misquoting in here by the Xbox camp in one swoop. Nice job bruh

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spicelicka1388d ago

It's a terrible practice both companies are guilty of. Just like the Destiny deal.

zerocarnage1388d ago

Maybe you should of said only one company does that ie ms and that Sony have no hand in anything remotely similar, then the fanboy downvotes wouldn't of begun.

KickSpinFilter1388d ago

Well having a 12 month deal is much better than a skin for MS.
Sony users will have to just wait, fine... we did for Tomb Raider.
It only really hurts the developer, sure they make a killing at first with MS deal, but at the same time there missing out on 60+ million users on PS4. A year later will that pan out in developers favor maybe. I sure didn't for Tomb Raider.

ILostMyMind1388d ago

PS user should have refused to buy TR and shown that such agreements with MS are not worth it. It is very advantageous to sell temporary exclusivity to MS and after 12 months to earn double selling old games on PS4. PS users should be ashamed.

darthv721388d ago

What is stopping these users from gaming on their PC's? I see more PS4 gamers proclaim they will buy (insert xbo/PC exclusive here) on their gaming PC.

Do they suddenly no longer have those PC's when it comes to this sort of situation???

XabiDaChosenOne1388d ago

@Darth what about those that double dip? I buy one copy on PC for graphics and another copy on my quad for trophies and friends.

WilliamSheridan1388d ago

Wait I'm so confused. Do you think that Microsoft is wrong for buying a third party exclusive? Was Sony wrong for Street Fighter? So hypocritical...

WePlayDirty1388d ago

Yes, Sony was wrong for the Street Fighter V deal. Just like MS was wrong for making RottR a timed exclusive. and Just like Sony is wrong for making Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 timed exclusives.

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ILostMyMind1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

You are wrong. SFV would never exist without Sony. Sony did not bought the exclusivity, Sony paid for that game could be made. And i think FF7 is on the same situation.

Hypocrisy is wishing that a game does not exist just because it will not be on the platform you chose.

darthv721388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

@ILost... do you really believe the lie that was the situation with SFV? come on man... its Capcom's biggest and most profitable franchise. Do you really think there was NEVER going to the a SFV without Sony's $$?

If that were true then how do you explain the latest MvC game? It has a way smaller fan base than SF does and it seems to have had a budget to be made. Interesting... isn't it?

And all the legalities of them saying SFV will be exclusive "forever" leads me to believe that Sony didnt want xbox getting the game or a variation of the game (because it's how capcom rolls with updates and super and ultra editions).

Sony paid, capcom lied to cover it up and the game released half assed.

@weplay, at least when MS paid for timed exclusivity for RotTR it didnt stop the game from ever releasing. and improved no less. PS4 fans got the definitive edition you could say.

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segamaniaco1388d ago

Now thats a good practice, for the players!!!
Trying to keep the game away from the ps4
MS is a saint

HystericalGamez1388d ago

@TheRandomOne I mean....

Sony owns Spider-Man lmao.

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Kiwi661388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

Of course Sony won't say anything about any of that as they will pay for timed content/exclusive content etc and leave it up to others to talk about it which is just as bad as what ms does

Kiwi661388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

OMG you say something truthfull and of course people don't get the point so i'll say it in terms anyone can understand, Sony themselves don't talk about deals they make but instead you hear about them from other sources, do people understand that or not and timed deals of any kind regardless of which side does it are stupid

xsta1ker1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

o'' know you didn't just use cross play against Microsoft... after all the sony fans just got through saying
no thanks we don't need cross play it's Microsoft tring to use this as a way to get sony fans on board
just because of the bigger install base of the ps4 talk about hypocritical.

don't even try that bs now. you don't get PUBG to bad for you guy's but you can still in joy your DLC for destiny
battlefront & call of duty... stinks when companys do this but sorry it's not just Microsoft.

TheVetOfGaming1388d ago

I think I don't care. Phil will say one thing (cross play), to help the Xbox brand, then say another (our games), to help the Xbox brand. Before "being a gamer" he is a business man where money and his job matters. But he goes about it in a desperate and snake way.

TheHan1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

No it’s just business how many JRPGs that Playstation fans praise up and down about and say they will never come over to Xbox. But once Xbox signs a deal with a developer about a certain iP, you all go ape shit. How hypocritical is that...

Rude-ro1388d ago

After the farse that was "the cloud", it just proves Microsoft delivers lip service more than anything else.
I am not against said deals persay... if said company is also providing more than just monopolizing what is "in" and popular to try gain a foothold on the market.

xsta1ker1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

you mean like sony ceo's handing a game case between one another and saying this is how we share games
lol when clearly they had the same DRM policy's in place but shut it Down after Microsoft got destroyed buy the media and gaming community.

talk about monopolization off your competitions mistakes all because Microsoft opened there big mouths 1st
but nobody talks about that because all you seen after Microsoft huge drm blunder
was 2 guy's sharing a game on every social media on this planet over and over again.

for the gamers... don't make me vomit

Liqu1d1388d ago

You have no evidence that Sony had the same DRM plans in place so stop lying.

xsta1ker1387d ago (Edited 1387d ago )

@liqu1d no proff sony had the same DRM plans as Microsoft is not a lie andrew house himself came out and stated he rewrote the drm script after he seen the reaction Microsoft received so no its not a lie
you should check the facts before you call someone a Lier.

ps can't link post not on my pc anyone can look it up... just type goggle surch andrew house drm change
he said this at the sony conference in Brighton back in 2013 in you receive an upvote from some uninformed fanboy.

Tko11111388d ago

The paid for development for consoles etc shouldn’t they get something for it.

generic-user-name1388d ago

So nice to see that others have caught Phil out on his hypocrisy.

TheHan1388d ago

It’s not content if it’s a full game silly

Liqu1d1388d ago

Yes it is, it's all the content.

spreadlove1388d ago

I think it is one of them cases were, the other side is finally bitten by the exclusivity. If only everybody didn't chant exclusivity this entire time. Phil Spencer is delivering exactly what people asked for.

GamingCentaur1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

Phil is a liar, a hypocrite and a fake. This good guy Phil thing is obviously an act. I can’t believe Xbox fans fall for it.

russo1211388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

(EDIT->Too much strong wording....)
Love for it's beloved Ms is so beautiful.

BadElf1388d ago

So because Sony has exclusives, its the same as them being winey lil beeches to not let their gamers play Minecraft or Rocket League with others? haha ok

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Petebloodyonion1388d ago

"It’s also funny how Phil Spencer says he’s not a fan of ‘console exclusive content’.. but is totally ok making an entire game exclusive"

Phil mentioned that he will do a deal as a timed exclusive and such but was not a fan of deal that removes content or will make content exclusive to only one console like extra story DLC.
like some DLC for Destiny that will never appear on Xbox1.

starrman19851388d ago

How is trying to secure an exclusive 3rd party game bad? He's the head of Xbox, it's his job to try and secure games for the system. As for that cross-play comment, that's moronic.. How would PS4 players playing separate to Xbox players on their PS4 be any form of cross play?... Sony have already said they aren't playing ball with that so why on earth would he just drop trying to get exclusive games?

Console exclusive content is entirely different to console exclusives, the Destiny deal with Sony includes console exclusive content, trying to get a game exclusive on a system is just what happens, has done for years and years and years.

How your comment has gotten 93 upvotes astounds me, it's just flame-mongering, none of it makes sense.

Angerfist1388d ago

Oh shut up - its Sony that is really preventing it with Games released on BOTH platforms. Only on N4G your Comment gets more upvotes.

headblackman1388d ago

@ WePlayDirty

now that was the dumbest load of bull i think ive ever heard from a playstation loyalist in my life! 1. playstation is the has been hording exclusive deals this entire gen, locking xbox out at every step of the way while it's been ms who's been freeing up the games and the marketing for everyone to enjoy because phil doesn't really care for keeping a game or content from other gamers (that's why there's cross-buy, an opportunity for ps to have a chance to buy exclusive marketing rights to games like call of duty, destiny, and many other games) but you carefully omitted that in your comment.
2.when it comes to cross-play, it's no secret that sony is the only company that's holding that back! xbox is on board with cross-play, pc is on board with cross-play, and nintendo is on board with cross-play. so cut the bull with he xbox is hypocritical mess when it's very clear that sony is who you really mean based on everything that you just vomited onto your comment. so fix your amnesia with a little google searching before you speak and before you loyalists start clicking the agree/like tab for a dumb comment! stop being dumb loyalist sheep for a dumb comment that fits your agenda. right is right and wrong is wrong.

isa_scout1387d ago (Edited 1387d ago )

PlayStation IS doing exactly what MS did last generation. Why is it all of a sudden bad? I had to wait for darn near every multiplayer DLC for over a month. I had to wait a year for BioShock...Sony is doing exactly what the market leader is supposed to do. The only difference is Sony has always had strong first party titles as well. MS has relied too heavily on Forza,GOW, and Halo and now gamers are getting bored with the same 3 franchises on repeat. The reason Phil says he's not a fan of "3rd party deals" is because its hard for the company 25 million behind their main competition to secure those deals anyway. MS wasn't interested last generation in cross play, I wonder why? Because they were in the drivers seat, and it wasn't financially in their best interest. If Sony thought there was money to be made in cross play they'd embrace it. At least they're not making excuses. Just like MS didn't have to answer for their 10 year deal with Call of Duty. That's the benefit of being the market leader. I know how crappy it is being on the receiving end of these deals. I remember it sucked coming on this site as a launch PS3 owner. This is good for MS though. If Sony learnt from their disastrous PS3 launch then it makes me excited to see what changes MS makes with the generation to come. Its a nice back and forth Sony and MS seems to have.

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MattSomething1388d ago

Actually the quote from Phil was that he didn’t like “timed exclusivity” deals so looking to get the exclusive makes sense.

Also the team at Xbox have been helping Bluehole develop the console version of the game so it make sens that they want to publish the game as well.

zerocarnage1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

Why is it when ms do something all the haters and fanboys so boringly come out of the woodwork. I mean come on Sony have done stuff like this too.

And above it does state bluehole is talking about extending not ms, so bluehole are the ones starting this.

I mean I personally am not bothered so much about pubg.

I'm more bothered about monster Hunter world in January but you don't see me complaining about the extra vanity items PlayStation has for the game over Xbox , I'll just be happy to play the main game on my Xbox.

I think haters and fanboys this gen are setting an all time record for bitchyness..

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WePlayDirty1389d ago

To Microsoft, it means having that chance to make their console relevent again.

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spreadlove1388d ago

Which is sad that this is what gamers see as needed, but hey, it works for PS4.