MLB The Show 21 is Coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day One

With another thrilling Opening Day in the books, Major League Baseball fans around the world were treated to all the nail biters, dingers, and bat flips they could handle when teams took the field to kick off the 2021 season.

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DiRtY603d ago

A game developed by Sony is $10 more on Sonys console.
A game developed by Sony will be on Game Pass Day one.

Nitrowolf2603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

didn't MLB (the other publisher in hands with this) push for being multiplat though? Seems weird that Sony would make it on gamepass if it was just them, so i def see this as a MLB decision.

Such a weird situation

RazzerRedux603d ago

This has to have been the decision of MLB. If it were up to Sony, this game would never be on Xbox at all, much less Game Pass.

RaidenBlack603d ago

... while $69.99 on PS5.
Well this is... odd. I don’t even know what to say. I'm lost for words. MLB, not Sony, is listed as the game’s publisher on Xbox platforms, so whether the league struck this deal as opposed to PlayStation is unclear.
Part of me wonders if they'll have a "surprise" PS Plus reveal.

jukins603d ago

Its not the mlb lol. Microsoft obviously paid for day 1 access. Sucks for us ps fans but for sony they got a lump sum anf will get more sales when it leaves gamepass

Class_Viceroy603d ago

Microsoft pays the developers to put the games in their service. Sony is pushing this multi platform because I think they understand it’s a chance for additional profit on a video game product that’s not super personal because it’s a sport and not a franchise like say Ratchet and Clank. Maybe they are just dipping their toes in exploring the idea of cross platform franchises.

If MS went to Sony and said “Hey well give you a boatload of money so we can offer this in GamePass.” Why would Sony care? They made their profit, and people will still also buy it to own the game on Xbox.

Army_of_Darkness603d ago

The only Ps exclusive that doesn't sell so well, so this is actually a good decision on Sony's part.... I have no problem with it, but I'd like to know how and why?

anubusgold603d ago

The game is on xbox because MLB told sony they would take away their exclusive licence if it wasnt on other consoles.

neomahi603d ago

Yeah, thats exactly the reason. To some extent, Sony are now challenging Microsoft on their home turf to say "we can still do it all better than you, including on your own console". Halo Infinite anyone?

This is also how Microsoft does business. We'll take anything youve got but give nothing back in return. Theres no we'll scratch your back if you scratch ours. Microsoft revels in taking what they can from Sony like a spoiled brat.

Its no skin off their back and all profit but, if I were Microsoft, the Gears of War cows been milked ok Xbox hardware. Id port the original trilogy to PlayStation hardware to milk that crowd. Ya keep Gears 4, 5, and Tactics on Xbox One and SEX only, but you make money off that crowd, theres nothing left to gain of it on Xbox hardware, that fanbase have already played it and are tired of it but neither the PlayStation nor Nintendo camps have played them unless they owned that hardware foe that purpose.

But this is Sony being classy and Microsoft being immature.

TheEroica603d ago

Razzer.... Lolol! You know so little about making money.

RazzerRedux603d ago


I'm speculating obviously. I don't know jack about running a multi-billion dollar organization or how their deals work. Neither do you. So what are you yapping about exactly? don't look much like a financial wiz when your profile page is highlighting your dead website.

Heavenly King603d ago

they know xbox gamers wont buy it; so its a way to make some cash out of that version that they had the obligation to make.

Profchaos603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

Yeah they threatened to remove the licensing rights from Sony if they didn't take it multiplatform Sony has had this franchise since the PS2 era so they obviously didn't want to lose it as for the cost difference Sony's logo is still on the box but it's published by MLB maybe they came to a different conclusion on the rrp than Sony did.

frostypants603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

Yeah. It's probably why it also doesn't look so great for a next-gen title. They had to focus on multiple platforms including the Series S. Kind of a used to be a leading edge series in terms of console graphics.

4Sh0w603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

MLB the Show isnt exactly a AAA beast in regards to sales so with the exclusive license I can see Sony looking for larger profits through Xbox but its kind of a weird choice with the direct competition, since of course theres pc. Lets also remember though Sony uses Azure and Microsoft has Minecraft on PS along with now owning studios who have contractual obligations for timed exclusives. Its all good= These companies are smart so there will always be plenty to differentiate these consoles but there are times when it just makes good biz sense to crossover. Only fanboys will be upset, so what.

Bobertt603d ago

I believe MLB told them if they didn't make it multiplat they would take back the license. Really dumb of them to not get that approved first. If they did though and MLB changed their mind cause of Covid then fuck them.

IamTylerDurden1603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

It was likely a forced decision by MLBPA and part of the license agreement.

My concern for ppl who will forgo buying it due to Gamepass is that third party games do leave Gamepass. Is The Show guaranteed to stay for a year? This isn't a hit and quit game, ppl who get invested often play year round. Diamond Dynasty and multiplayer are long-term investments. It would be jarring if someone invested in The Show only to see it leave Gamepass a few months later. No? This is part of the issue with technically renting games via services, u don't actually own them and are at the mercy of the service provider.

At least more ppl will experience the best sports franchise in the business. If Sony still collects revenue for microtransactions it may still be lucrative even with Gamepass money/Xbox sales likely going to MLBPA.

OptimusDK603d ago

@Shuckylad yes money.
You know that Sony tax if 10 USD they now stick on every game.

Competition is good

knickstr603d ago

I get the feeling this may be the last MLB game made by a Sony developer.

gravedigger603d ago

Sony ( or San Diego, whatever) will get a cut of each copies sold on every platform, even if is on Gamepass, so yes, Sony surely got a cut of Gamepass deal.

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Teknosaur602d ago

@ neomahi

For one, Sony had no say in this matter. MLB wanted it to be multiplat and it was going to happen one way or another. Sony is not "challenging Microsoft on their own turf", this is MLB wanting more people to be able to play the only true baseball simulation game in existence.

This was ALL MLB. Microsoft took the opportunity that was presented to them and then, offered more for a day 1 release to Game Pass.

You talk about Microsoft taking from Sony any chance they get but, you didnt give a single example. Sony did not get screwed out of this deal so, I'm not sure how MS took anything from Sony.

This has nothing to do with Sony being classy or MS being immature. The entire thing was spearheaded by MLB and everyone wins in the end so, have a seat

anubusgold601d ago

@knickstr Good and i hope EA will some day lose the nfl licence as well because having exclusive sports licences makes developers lazy with no competition.

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nirwanda603d ago

Same price but when you can get a year of gamepass ultimate for the same price it makes buying a year franchise on Xbox pointless.

IRetrouk603d ago

Oh yeah, its a pure win for xbox gamepass users, no doubt there.

DiRtY603d ago

My bad, didn’t Sony increase their game prices by $10?

Thought that would apply here as well.

iplay1up2603d ago

Or it is free if you have Game Pass. For the full price of this game, I get 6 months of Game Pass.

jukins603d ago

How long is mlb on gamepass?

Teflon02603d ago

Dirty so you just made up stuff ...
Sony didn't raise all their game prices by $10. Some triple A games are $10 more but that doesn't mean they're putting all their game prices higher. Xbox has games at that higher price point too...

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IamTylerDurden1603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

IRetrouk offers straight fact and evidence yet there are disagrees?? The game is the same price on PlayStation and Xbox, can we stop spreading false narratives?


I think he mentioned that they are the same price because the first comment has 70+ agrees and it claims that they are not the same price. Someone needs to set the correct information.

Also, don't third parry games at times leave Gamepass? Is The Show guaranteed to stay for a year?

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RazzerRedux603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

"A game developed by Sony is $10 more on Sonys console."

It is?

Xbox Editions:
Standard: $69.99
JR: $84.99
DD: $99.99

PS Editions:
Standard: $69.99
JR: $84.99
DD: $99.99

bartender64603d ago

You also receive a discount for being a xbox gamepass subscriber for games available on gamepass...

remixx116603d ago


But the comment he replied to doesn't have anything to do with game pass...

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NecrumOddBoy603d ago

Sony is getting their cut. GamePass isn’t profitable. That money funnels back to the devs/producers.

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Please explain how gamepass is not profitable. I'm interested in knowing how you know this.

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lodossrage603d ago


He doesn't have to explaiin it. Aaron Greenburg himself told you that right here:

Zeref603d ago

Bruh who cares? We're getting the GAMES, Devs are getting paid.

Why tf are you worried about a Trillion dollar company? There's a reason they got there. They know what they're doing.

strifeblade603d ago

So it's no problem if it's not profitable. Microsoft builds good will and a customer service base to become a Juggernaut. At the end of the day a great value for gamers. And if it's not profitable for Microsoft who cares. Microsoft is the largest company by market cap growing an average of 25% per year over the last several years. I'm not worried.

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Brazz603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

Same price, but still... "game pass day 1", wow, didn't see that one coming.

itsmebryan603d ago

I might give it a try now

Zeref603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

It's actually published by MLB(The Xbox version) so Sony had little to do with it, but the optics definitely do not look good right now 😂

Kavorklestein603d ago

No, Sony's team made this game and talked about the challenges of developing for 4 consoles and easy mode they made for xbox users to learn the basics of the game.

Zeref603d ago

I know Sony developed it but the Publisher on Xbox is MLB.

neutralgamer1992603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

This is my opinion. 2k messed up MLB license so much that MLB approached sony and asked if they could make this available on other platforms. Let's not forget Sony's deal with MLB came under 1st party rights which means even if MLB gave the rights to EA or 2K sony could still publish MLB the show games as long as they were only on ps. Just go back and do research. When EA had exclusive rights sony still made MLB the show games, when 2k took over exclusive rights sony still made MLB the show games. Xbox side believes mlb came to sony with an ultimatum but I think it was more of a partnership and sony saw they could make more money they said yes (end of the day it's a sports title)

Also ms had to pay sony to get game on GP day one because Sony is the publisher not MLB. Just like ms had to pay other publishers. We are forgetting one very important thing this is new sony under him ryan who is all about numbers. Ms write a big enough check I guess

It's not like someone who only owns a ps5 will now buy a XSX just go play this game so sony isn't really affected by it. They get that upfront check from ms for GP plus they will get profit from sales on xbox

We look at it from gamers point of view but these are corporations making the best decision to make the most money


MLB gave the rights to sony to make games but they don't fund the development/publish the games. This was clearly something where ms paid sony to make this happen. Sony doesn't feel threatened by ms/xbox(just the way whole reveal of ps5 and how everything has gone from launch till now it seems like they are just doing their own thing)

Also as a gamer this gives me hope that some of bigger bathesda games will come to PlayStation 5

DEEHULK88603d ago

EA never had exclusive rights to MLB. Take 2 had a THRID PARTY exclusive deal as response to EA's Madden deal which allow Sony to keep making The Show. If you look at the press release they said they did it because they didn't want to hurt Sony, but what it did was hurt everyone else because Sony was the only first party company making a baseball game because EA made Microsoft kill off their sports division to get their games on XBox. When that deal was up, no one had engines from those past baseball games and would've had to build one from scratch and that wasn't worth the trouble.

strifeblade603d ago

Major blow to Sony. Literally gamepass swooped in and swooped an exclusive and made it free on game pass. Has to Sting.

AngelicIceDiamond603d ago

@Dirty This gonna be a weird ass generation.

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Hedstrom603d ago

MS probably pay the entire cost of development to have it on gamepass för a month or two!

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Livingthedream603d ago

I doubt they have to pay that much, can't imagine the show sells alot if copies.

blacktiger603d ago

Sony is the publisher for Xbox version it is MLB plus sony is getting profits too.

Obscure_Observer603d ago

"A game developed by Sony is $10 more on Sonys console.
A game developed by Sony will be on Game Pass Day one."

Another Milestone by Phil Spencer!

So much for people on N4G who said Gamepass was not sustainable and would turn into some indie playground without AAA.

They said that MS would not put their first party games Day One on the service. And now; we´ll be getting a game developed by a first party Sony studio Day One on Xbox.

Keep the excellent job Phil and Team Xbox!

IamTylerDurden1603d ago

You just quoted a completely false statement with inaccurate or intentionally misleading information. The game is the same price on PlayStation and Xbox. $69.99 standard edition on both PS5 and Series X. Either you are misinformed as well or you are intentionally misleading ppl.

We know you are a huge Xbox fan but try to make sure the information you quote and piggyback off is actually accurate.

b777conehead603d ago

No it’s not there the same price.

Silly gameAr603d ago

The crazy thing is, it will probably still sale more on Sony's console in the long run.

4Sh0w603d ago

Why would that be crazy...its a Sony dev, thats where its core fanbase have played it for many years...PLUS Xbox players are unlikely to buy a yearly sports release that can be played already with their Gamepass subscription...are you OK?

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PapaBop603d ago

"MLB The Show 21 is Coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day One"

Showing my age here BUT.. O RLY?

Petebloodyonion603d ago

MS isn't fixing the price for 3rd party game on the console that is up to the publisher.
The same apply to Sony on the Playstation
Sony mentioned that they would raise the price of some of their games on PS5 and MS has yet to follow suit for the moment.

IamTylerDurden1603d ago

Microsoft has yet to release any brand new, AAA, next gen exclusives though. So we don't really know what they'll do. And there certainly are next gen priced games on Series X. Ppl act like there aren't.

Petebloodyonion603d ago

The why I mention MS has yet to follow suit.
They haven't confirmed nor deny
But the last time that major publishers (EA) tried to raise the price of games Ms didn't follow.

IamTylerDurden1603d ago

The first comment gives false pricing information with the claim that The Show is $10 more expensive on Playstation than Xbox. It perpetuates the myth that all major Sony games on PS5 are $10 more ($70) and that no Series X games have the increased next gen price.

It's the first comment on the hottest article and it's spreading propaganda. If ever a comment be moderated, it this one. We just want accurate information, this isn't opinion based, it's fact. Please remove this comment or do something to rectify the situation. This is the worst of social media/websites when false information is spread to the masses. For real.

Ppl have already posted links of the actual price, but here's the price on Gamestop as we've already seen it's $70 on Microsoft Store.

Bronbron92603d ago

Before y’all jump the gun claiming mlb is 70$ you can easily look up the price it’s 60$ lol do you’re research guys

IamTylerDurden1603d ago (Edited 603d ago )

How is this kid's comment still getting likes when ppl have proven that the game is not more expensive on Playstation? How hasn't this comment bleeding false information not been removed? That's the problem with social media and sites like these. Bad information spreading to the masses.

We even have ppl like Obscure_Observer quoting this information and piggybacking off it. Smh. The seeds of propaganda spread by unknowing saps.

blanka4545603d ago

pc we wish. xbox pass yeah

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LegoIsAwesome603d ago

DG -> PC

Orayt Jim Ryan best Sony CEO so far!! Say goodbye to Sony exclusives!

alb1899603d ago

This is getting out of hands!

crazyCoconuts603d ago

Amazing. MS must have paid a crap ton for this.

Stevonidas603d ago

Amazing. sony must be desperate for cash in order to allow their exclusive franchises to migrate to opposing platforms.