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.”