MLB The Show came to Xbox for the first time this year, and in order to get the latest version of the game running on the then-unreleased Xbox Series X|S consoles, Microsoft sent PlayStation’s development team top secret hardware at the time. Speaking to Axios (via VCG), vice president of gaming ecosystem at Xbox, Sarah Bond, stated the move was a “real sign of industry trust.”
“The Show always came up,” Bond explained. “We always said, ‘We love this game. It would be a huge opportunity to bring it to Xbox’. It was a real, real sign of industry trust.”
Microsoft later announced that MLB: The Show 21 would be free for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. This move made it the biggest sports game of the past year on Xbox, according to Microsoft, as well as the second biggest sports game of all time on Xbox overall. Sony stated in April that the internally-developed game going cross-platfrom was MLB’s decision.
“As part of the goal for this year’s game, MLB decided to bring the franchise to more players and baseball fans,” a PlayStation representative said in April. “This decision provides a unique opportunity to further establish MLB The Show as the premier brand for baseball video games.”