That treasure trove of a document filed by Microsoft to the Brazilian competition authorities on Tuesday, in response to Sony’s objections to its efforts to buy Activision Blizzard, contains another absolute gem. In it, Microsoft took time out to tell Sony just how it could (read: should) better run its revamped PS Plus service such that it wouldn’t need to worry so much about competition like, say, Xbox Game Pass.
As Kotaku reported earlier, the document—sent as part of one of the many international competition inquiries into Microsoft’s attempt to purchase Activision Blizzard—accuses Sony of creating deals with publishers that prevent games from being allowed to appear on Game Pass, which it cites as an example of Sony’s own competitive behavior. This is accompanied by lists of examples of Sony’s own first-party titles that aren’t released to competitor consoles, all to make the point that were Microsoft to make Activision games Xbox exclusives, it would be in keeping with the objector’s own actions.
But what’s delighted me so much is noticing a paragraph buried in there in which Microsoft stops to just drop some uninvited advice on Sony, for how the Japanese company could do a much better job of running PS Plus. Microsoft’s primary advice? Add first-party PlayStation titles on day one.