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MLB The Show 21 will be playable on Xbox Game Pass on launch day

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What you need to know

  • MLB The Show 21 is officially launching in Xbox Game Pass on April 20.
  • This is the first time the series has launched outside of PlayStation platforms.
  • MLB The Show 21 is coming to Xbox, PC, and PlayStation.

It was no doubt a shocking announcement when it was revealed that MLB The Show would be coming to other platforms in 2019. This marked the first time in the franchise's history that it would release outside of the PlayStation platform, which was exciting for many baseball fans. However, with a brand new announcement today, Xbox players will have even more reasons to be excited when MLB The Show 21 launches on April 20th.

In an official blog post (opens in new tab) from Xbox Wire, it was revealed that MLB The Show 21 will officially be coming to Xbox Game Pass. Not only is the game coming to the service, but it is also launching day and date on Game Pass. MLB The Show 21 will be playable on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and playable on android and tablets via Xbox Cloud Gaming. The game features cross-progression and cross-platform play, making MLB The Show 21 incredibly accessible to both new fans and seasoned veterans.

This continues the momentum Xbox appears to be harnessing with the service. Just yesterday, Outriders, the new RPG from People Can Fly, launched day and date in Xbox Game Pass as well. It appears more and more 3rd party developers are seeing the appeal and success of the Xbox Game Pass model. It certainly leaves a question of what game could come to the service next, as more and more AAA developers are supporting the service. However, one thing is for certain: MLB The Show 21 will be one of the best Xbox games to play this year.

15 Comments
  • WTF!?! Wow. I didn't even have a desire to try this game but suddenly I have some, especially because it will cost me nothing to. I can't wait to see the mental gymnastics to get out of this one. I thought Sony said this was impossible because their games cost far too much money to launch into a subscription service and that is why they Must raise the price to $70?
  • Wow, Xbox is hitting on all cylinders it's been a while since I've seen Sony look completely outclassed from every direction. Great time to be an Xbox player game pass subscriber.
  • Yeah, Nintendo and Sony are doomed like Google and Apple were doomed, or Spotify, or Amazon or (insert consumer company). Microsoft is trying to throw more money at the problem, that doesn't necessarily fix anything.... see Windows Phone.
  • You mean a problem like Sony is ignoring. Where the total number of consoles sold each gen hasn't increased since the original Xbox and PS2. Each of the past 3 gens the total sold has been around 170+/- 10 million. There has been no real growth. And I don't think anybody is projecting there to be a mass influx console this gen. So this new-gen with a more competitive Xbox (all around) Sony is playing the same game and I can tell you they will be hard struck to reach PS4 numbers again in such a situation. Remind me is increasing profits something that Sony and investors care about? I bet they do. Because unlike Apple with iPhone or Spotify with music both of those had explosive growth. Sony on the other has gone up and down and sort of back up but each gen the total numbers of both Xbox and PS never really change all around. In fact, Sony hasn't been able to repeat the glory days of the PS2 in hardware sales for two gens, and more than likely this trend will continue with the PS5. So where will their growth be? As for your analogy of actual companies that expanded their clientele over time Sony is not even in the same ballpark with lack of that in consoles. Sony is stuck, with no way to compete and to grow with what they are doing now. Whereas, MS is competing to grow on multiple fronts and not solely focused on just one endpoint (in a static market) like Sony is. And one of those moves for MS is Game Pass. Is Sony doomed? No, but somehow you read that in a comment that said nothing of the sort. A comment that was just stating Microsoft is making some good moves and Sony seems to be doing lackluster moves (MS buys Bethesda, Sony invests in Evo - a company so popular that people didn't even know what Evo was, many people thinking it was a studio). So, how you got Sony being doomed from that comment is on you. Maybe secretly you are worried. So unless you can point us big moves Sony is making that are good and positive for their user base we will stick with lackluster. Maybe you think closing down Japan Studio was a good move or closing down the PS3, PSVita store was a good move for their customers. I don't. And you definitely get a bonus point for adding Nintendo to your doomed comment when nobody is even mentioning Nintendo. Again you just seem to fill in the blanks (when there aren't blanks to fill.) Maybe again as note earlier this is your own (subconscious) worries that are seeping through where this will all lead to? By the way, MS is just reinvesting profits from GP (which Phil said a year ago GP was profitable) and if they are any "throwing money around" it is not without a purpose. Well if one were to take an example we can use one of yours. That is what Spotify does to increase growth. Come to think of it, is Sony spending large sums of money locking down games like FF throwing money too? Or do your goalposts move with them? As for GP time will tell. But time up to this point means you are looking 20+ million subscribers in 4 years versus 2 million PSNow subscribers in almost 7 years maybe Sony should throw around some money to grow their service. By the way, I see your Windows phone and raise you a Betamax. I would say Betamax was better than VHS just like Windows Phone was better than the competition. But neither really took off no matter how much each company tried. See everybody has Betamax even Microsoft with Windows Phone. Talking about throwing money Sony lost over $3 billion for the PS3 gen and was one of the biggest reasons they were in trouble of insolvency in 2012. I don't remember Microsoft having similar financial issues for throwing money at Windows Phone except for some egg on their face. Companies move on. They adjust. MS adjusted from the Windows Phone. Sony adjusted from the PS3 gen losses with the PS4. And now Microsoft has readjusted from the Xbox One to this new-gen with a superior purpose for gaming and a more powerful console to help them along the way.
  • Good points all around.
    Of note: PS2 reached the numbers it did because it was (mostly) operating in a vacuum.
    Sega imploded, XBOX came late, and Nintendo was doing it's own thing.
    The real threat to Sony (and the entire console market) is it's inability to reach (much) outside the hardcore gamers. Yes, it is a profitable market (for now) but it is an aging market. Spencer has made it clear repeatedly. It is flat while mobile gaming booms. Nintendo got it right. Apple got it right; keep an eye on them, they're big and getting bigger.
    Most importantly, as you said, Sony came into this generation planning to do exactly what they did, last generation. Until they found out MS had a beast. Until they found out MS had a low end box for real. Until MS bought Bethesda. Everything they've done since is pure reaction. Patchwork. They reworked the Gonzalo PS5 to be and released the PS5 that is unfinished. They took out the BD drive (a $10-20 part) and dropped the price $100 to reduce the differential with the Series S. And to make up the losses they raised prices. And they still have no answer to ALL ACCESS.
    Whatever happens going forward, Sony knows they're not going to outsell XBOX 2 to 1. So they are belatedly looking to do PC games.
    Sony won't die (soon) but their business model of exclusivity isn't long for this world.
    New gen games are more expensive and selling into a flat market and the MS strategy of GamePass everywhere is hollowing it out. The more money goes into GamePass subscriptions, the less there will be for discrete sales.
    Now GamePas isn't for everyone. It will level off...eventually.
    But in the meantime it is eating up a big portion of prospective game buyers.
    And that is *without* a mature streaming platform.
    Once the infrastructure in the US and other places matures, once browser and TV app GamePass matures, well... All bets are off. One last thing: while everybody wows over the AAA day and date releases on GamePass, they are passing over the smaller releases, games where the GamePass fee covers most if not all the development cost and makes sales pure profit. It won't be just the big boys offering value for GamePass. Subscribers will notice.
    Games that might otherwise be lost in the shadows now have a path to assured profits. That is going to be big.
    Think NARITA BOY and FALCONEER for starters.
    https://www.windowscentral.com/narita-boy-review-xbox-game-pass
  • "A comment that was just stating Microsoft is making some good moves and Sony seems to be doing lackluster moves" Well, that would be opinion but you don't know if those are good moves.... as there are no internal numbers from these companies to really have an opinion on them. "Sony lost over $3 billion for the PS3 gen and was one of the biggest reasons they were in trouble of insolvency in 2012." LOL they were not in trouble in 2012, the problems with Sony were mostly in the 2007-2010 range with cell and gaming, but by the end of the PS3 era they were back to printing money. I mean, we don't need a history lesson. During this same time, Microsoft was hiding huge losses from Xbox see Google and do searches for original Xbox losses, probably $4-5 billion, during the Xbox 360 they were trying to hide the losses by including Android patient money in the financials of the division gaming was in.... estimates are around $2 billion per year during the Xbox 360. "MS is just reinvesting profits from GP" Microsoft unlike Sony doesn't provide profits in their financials by category or products, see their financial statements. I seriously doubt they are making any money off it... they are giving it away for free. Matter of fact, I have shown people via yt links how to get all the gamepass games for free and the games you can keep forever. You are just making up stuff as far as financials. You should consider getting with Jason and writing stupid MS consumer product articles that don't make sense. www(dot)destructoid(dot)com/stories/analyst-microsoft-losing-2-billion-on-xbox-annually-265273.phtml History continues to say MS has no idea what it is doing in the consumer space, there is literally nothing left. - Windows Phone
    - Groove Music (formerly Xbox/Zune Music)
    - Zune
    - Skype (screwed this one up so bad its hard to even understand)
    - Kinect
    - Cortana
    - Games for Windows Live (really ****** up gamers, publishers, and devs)
    - Band
    - RT Tables (LOL) I would say its not an argument about MS's success in the consumer market, it basically doesn't exist. Maybe that will change, but the only thing they can do is buy things as they are incapable of making good consumer products, imo. With that said, the early Xbox days were pretty sweet 2001-2010... that all came to an end when they moved the original Xbox guys. There simply isn't much of a reason to use Microsoft as a middleman for non-Micrsoft games... they're just a normal large publisher as this point. Phone -> Apple/Google
    PC -> Valve Steam (also just go directly to the large publishers launchers)
    Home Console -> Sony
    Handheld Consol e -> Nintendo "Maybe secretly you are worried. " People at Sony are probably about as worried as the people at Apple in 2006, or Valve in 2007, or Spotify in 2016, or (insert consumer product company). Nobody is worried about Microsoft as a consumer company, however they are free to publish games if they exist... but they are going to have to go where the consumers are i.e. Apple, Google, Nintendo and Sony hardware to sell software. Most of these ads are an extension of MS's Windows Phone failures.... ads and articles about how Windows Phone was poised to dominate.... I feel you are projecting. Dreams are nice to have I guess.
  • "A comment that was just stating Microsoft is making some good moves and Sony seems to be doing lackluster moves" Well, that would be opinion but you don't know if those are good moves.... as there are no internal numbers from these companies to really have an opinion on them. Those companies are private companies.... Microsoft is buying revenue but we don't know the true cost as the numbers are not known. "Sony lost over $3 billion for the PS3 gen and was one of the biggest reasons they were in trouble of insolvency in 2012." LOL they were not in trouble in 2012, the problems with Sony were mostly in the 2007-2010 range with cell and gaming, but by the end of the PS3 era they were back to printing money. I mean, we don't need a history lesson. During this same time, Microsoft was hiding huge losses from Xbox see Google and do searches for original Xbox losses, probably $4-5 billion, during the Xbox 360 they were trying to hide the losses by including Android patient money in the financials of the division gaming was in.... estimates are around $2 billion per year during the Xbox 360. "MS is just reinvesting profits from GP" Microsoft unlike Sony doesn't provide profits in their financials by category or products, see their financial statements. I seriously doubt they are making any money off it... they are giving it away for free. Matter of fact, I have shown people via yt links how to get all the gamepass games for free and the games you can keep forever. You are just making up stuff as far as financials. You should consider getting with Jason and writing stupid MS consumer product articles that don't make sense. History has shown what Microsoft does in the consumer space ends in disaster (there really isn't anything left)... gaming is a disaster for 10 years which is why they are buying things. Many consumers have told them why this continues to happens... and they keep rinse and repeating the same mistakes over and over. I consider the people that continuously fall for the same MS mistakes as gullible or idiots, Microsoft continues to fail at this.... which is why they are now throwing money at it.
  • There is no point to respond to this person. They continue to bring nothing else to the table other than MS is an inept company that will shut Xbox down. It is a sad argument that has gotten incredibly old. They are still bringing up an article that was written in 2013 as their "proof". Please just ignore and then maybe they may take another break from pointless trolling and make the site just a tad bit better.
  • I can't believe how much energy Sony Ponies spend to write nothing with completely wrong takes...
  • It's wishful thinking.
    A variation of the Big Lie theory; that if you say something over and over, people will start to believe it. It's what you do when you don't have a competitive product.
    In the tech world it's called FUD.
  • For those that might not be aware: MLB forced Sony to go multiplatform or lose the license; they were not happy with the exclusive sales vs other multi-platform sports games like FIFA and Madden. That was years ago, when PS was outselling XBOX 2-to-1. As things are shaping up, it was a prescient csll. What would be interesting to know is who MS negotiated for GamePass inclusion, Sony or MLB.
    It would be salt on the wound if it was MLB forcing it.
  • I think it is Sony testing the waters for their future Game Pass equivalent plans, but I'm sure MS approached them.
  • Could be but what can they learn by putting a game there they can't learn from PS Now?
    They already know GAMEPASS has over 20m subscribers.
    Regardless of whether it was Sony or MLB it is all about the upfront money. The only difference would be in the teeth grinding. 😆 Note how MS announced it:
    “As we said from the beginning, this is an incredible moment for all of us and bringing the franchise to more players and baseball fans is something that we at MLB, MLB Players, Inc., and Xbox are all excited about,” says Microsoft.
    No mention of Sony.
  • While the game is developed by Sony's San Diego Studio, the Xbox game listing shows that MLB itself is the publisher for the Xbox version, not Sony. So the GamePass deal would have been made with MLB, I expect.
  • MLB forced everything or else Sony loses the license. The publisher is MLB so MLB is making the major money. They only paid Sony for developer fees. And Microsoft negotiated with MLB, not Sony, to get it on Game Pass. It always sucks to be the developer rather than the publisher (unless the game bombs in terms of sales).