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OS Roundtable: Does MLB The Show Going Multi-Platform Change Your Next-Gen Console Plans?

Does MLB The Show going multi-platform factor into your console choice next generation, or was baseball not the reason you pick one console over the other?

Phil Varckette: Absolutely for me. The only reason I even have a PS4 is because of MLB The Show. Assuming this expansion will happen in 2021 on the new consoles, I will now only be purchasing a Project Scarlett, or whatever they decide to call it. This will end up saving me a lot of money. So it’s a pretty easy decision for me. I know most people consider the PS4 the better system because of the exclusives, but for me, I don’t play any of them. If I’m not playing a sports game, it’s almost always a multi-platform game. Plus I just prefer the Xbox. I enjoy Game Pass, but this is for a whole other discussion. So yeah, in the end, it works out perfectly for me. I get to stay on Xbox as my primary system, save what will probably be $500 on the PS5, and still get to play The Show. Could not have worked out better.

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Kevin Scott: This very well could influence my decision when it comes to what next-gen console I end up buying. It was certainly a factor in me getting a PS4 instead of an Xbox One as there was no way I could possibly think of owning a system without being able to play the best baseball game on the market. But I do like Sony more at this point after experiencing one too many “red rings of death” on my Xbox 360 (for the record, one “red ring of death” is one too many, but I had to send my system back to Microsoft at least three times). Either way, if The Show ends up the Switch as well, I might just have to pick up two copies of it, as I have done in the past with NBA 2K, so I can play it on the go as well as at home.

Josh Houtz: For me, MLB The Show was not the only reason I had a PS4. However, it was definitely an added bonus and something I could look forward to every year. Currently, I have a PS4, Xbox One and Switch, so it will be nice to have the chance to play the premier baseball video game on the console of my choice. And as Kevin suggested, I may need to pick it up on multiple systems. The good news is now sports gamers won’t be forced to buy a PlayStation if they want to enjoy an authentic MLB game. We might never know the specifics as to why the change is happening, but in the long run everyone wins. I will most likely buy a PS5 and pass on Project Scarlett, but that could very well change as we inch closer to the release. Thankfully, for everyone, MLB The Show won’t be the deciding factor in which system we ultimately purchase.

Elliott Jenkins: I am absolutely thrilled by the news, but it comes with some specific reservations. Platform exclusivity and exclusive publishing rights are two of the biggest plagues in the industry, and I yearn for the day that they are gone forever. However, given the recent criticisms of The Show, such as the focus on Diamond Dynasty versus evolving its single-player modes and the hitting gameplay needing significant tweaks, I am a bit fearful as to how this could impact the evolution of the game. I have purchased The Show annually for a decade, and it was the driving force behind me purchasing a PS4 over the Xbox One. I am very happy to see it come to a larger audience, sell even more copies, and see its resources boosted for future titles.

That being said, barring a FIFA-level departure in performance, I will happily jump ship to Nintendo Switch so I can play in both docked and handheld states, even if it means knowingly sacrificing better graphics and performance. As long as the game does not turn into the disaster that is the annual FIFA Switch paint job and roster update, I will be red-hot on the Switch version.

Jeff Botkin: In the past, I was strictly an Xbox guy. However, when I was first introduced to MLB The Show, I quickly dipped from the MLB 2K series and made the decision to dive into MLB The Show. The Show was the sole reason I purchased a PlayStation console. Ever since then, PS4 has delivered on every promise I’ve asked for from a console. So would this change make me consider future Microsoft products/consoles? Possibly. Now that MLB The Show will be available on multiple consoles, I may end up taking advantage of what the Xbox has to offer down the line. However, I have naturally developed a loyalty to the PS4. As of now, I’m leaning into the PS5 as my future console of choice. Depending on any future news, there is always a chance that I could instead make the switch back to Xbox. But for now, PlayStation is where my home is.

Joel Smith: My console purchase decision(s) since PS3 have always been based on who I game with — the majority of my gaming friends by a large margin have always been on the PlayStation side. That being said, the current generation has seen me own both consoles (PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X) solely because the Xbox One X is a 4K system in comparison to Sony’s upscaling PS4 Pro. With MLB The Show now being available across multiple consoles, that is definitely a welcoming feeling for Xbox fans who have been without a true baseball sim since MLB 2K8.

With that being said, for me, nothing changes. Next gen I’ll be buying both the PS5 and the Project Scarlett systems. The Show being available across platforms won’t be the reason why, but AAA sports games that I play exclusively locally or really focus on career/franchise modes will be purchased for the system that has the better performance and graphics.

Kevin Groves: I picked up the PS4 because of PES and the Sony exclusives being more to my tastes, even though I already had an Xbox One on day one. Over the course of the past couple years, I have found myself only firing up my PS4 because my gaming time became more offline-based due to my time being condensed as we grew our family. I’m not a huge baseball fan, but I love career modes so I purchased The Show a couple times just to play through it. Regardless, I agree with Joel in that I am very invested in how good the graphics look. I need the latest and greatest when it comes to my consoles, so whichever next-gen console can offer me the prettiest picture, that will be the one I scoop up.

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  1. Doesn't change mine.
    Having MLB The Show on the PlayStation was a big plus, but I've always been a Sony PlayStation gamer and enjoy their first party games moreso than what is offered on Xbox, most notably God of War and the Uncharted Series.
    While I'm excited to see the Show go multi-platform and what that could possibly mean for the future, my next gen console purchase will not be swayed, as I will pickup the PlayStation 5 when it releases next year.
    This current generation, I got an Xbox One at launch and then a PS4 the following spring when The Show came out. I'll probably still end up with both next generation because I'm dumb like that, but I'll probably wait a little longer on the PS5 than I did with the PS4 if I don't need one to play The Show.
    countryboy
    Doesn't change mine.
    Having MLB The Show on the PlayStation was a big plus, but I've always been a Sony PlayStation gamer and enjoy their first party games moreso than what is offered on Xbox, most notably God of War and the Uncharted Series.
    While I'm excited to see the Show go multi-platform and what that could possibly mean for the future, my next gen console purchase will not be swayed, as I will pickup the PlayStation 5 when it releases next year.

    This echoes my sentiments exactly.
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    If this was last-gen? Yes.
    Now, I plan on getting both at launch regardless. 90% of my PS usage is the Show though, outside of exclusives like Horizon, GOW, UC, LOU.
    I would have shouted for joy at the Show coming to Xbox 10 years ago, because the sole reason I bought a Ps3 in 2009 was for the Show. And I know at LEAST 3 of my friends who got a PS soley for the Show as well. But I found the joy in so many exclusive PS titles that I can't go without them.
    Now, I may actually buy the Show on Xbox, but that will be decided at another time. I may get the Switch version for a RTTS on the go though.
    Either way, all crazy news to me. If for some reason I don't have the funds for both I will go Xbox because its my primary console and my decision will be made for me there.
    I am more curious to know what my friends will do. I know not everyone can afford two systems at launch. MLB 21 will launch 4 months after the systems drop. I can definitely see them bypassing the PS this cycle and just getting the Xbox version.
    I've been firmly in the PlayStation camp since 1998, that wont change now. I wont be buying a ps5 regardless until I have concrete evidence of it being worthwhile to transition. March of 2021 would be the earliest I'd switch but it could come as late as March of 2022.
    I have always been a play station person since the mid 90s.. nothing really has changed me. I just prefer the games on that console. deep down though I am a PC guy. I have a $3000 pc built this year so if the show moved to PC I would be getting it on that. but I think I probably would still own a PS5 for exclusives, don't see the point of owning a XBOX when the PC of mine would crap all over it and have all the games xbox would anyway.
    As a pretty hardcore gamer, I've always owned all systems so next gen won't be any different. I'll probably still get The Show on the PS5 since it will always be a "Playstation" game in my mind. Unless it turns out the Xbox Series X is more powerful and has a better version of it. :)
    Nope, I'm planning to sit out the next generation of consoles. The PS4 era has been disappointing to me (as a sports gamer). Fewer and fewer choices, and less and less change year to year. These days, I am more likely to still be playing my Vita (or my Xbox 360). As to The Show, I'll be using 15 on my Vita and 19 on my PS4.
    Absolutely.
    I got the PS4 for... Super Mega Baseball! I picked up an xbox late in the game. PS4's lack of cross-play was a major pain in games like Minecraft and SMB. The only reason I didn't sell it off is that my son loves playing The Show. Looks like I'll be back to Xbox exclusive next gen!
    Makes no difference to me. Unless there are some major improvements or signs of improvement to franchise mode MLB The Show won't even be on my radar to influence my decision. Plus there are so many other great games on PlayStation that i wouldn't even consider getting a xbox.
    If they're going to PC, yes 100%. I won't be buying a PS5 because I'll instead invest in a gaming computer.
    If no PC, I'll consider PS5 but I'm not sure if I wanna buy a console again for only one game.
    I went PS4 this gen after previously being a Xbox guy with the 360 and OG Xbox before that. I'm getting a PS5 next gen. I enjoy Sony's exclusives and play other games outside of The show.
    I'm most likely not even buying a next gen console. All the Xbox exclusive games are available on PC going forward and unless there are any "must play" exclusives on PS5, I doubt I will get that either. Therefor I'm not getting the Show next gen unless it comes to PC. I hope it does, mostly because I'm curious to see what the modding community could do with this game.
    puppies_on_acid
    I'm most likely not even buying a next gen console. All the Xbox exclusive games are available on PC going forward and unless there are any "must play" exclusives on PS5, I doubt I will get that either. Therefor I'm not getting the Show next gen unless it comes to PC. I hope it does, mostly because I'm curious to see what the modding community could do with this game.
    I really wish it would be released on PC but I'm not holding my breath. If it does, I'll keep buying the PlayStation Show and then one edition of the Show on PC. I think I'd only need 1 year for the PC.
    I have to say I'm considering it. I was always and XBox guy until MVP Baseball got cancelled after 2005. I went a few years without a baseball game and eventually bought a Playstation 3 to play MLB The Show in 2008. After that it was a no-brainer for me to buy a Playstation 4. I was planning on buying a Playstation 5 over the new XBox simply because of MLB The Show. Now, I'm at least considering going back to my old favorite, XBox.
    I will most likely sit out the next gen for a couple years atleast. The quality of gaming has declined so much, it's left a sour taste in my mouth. There is absolutely no way I'm shelling out the money on a new system for the same garbage we get today. My gaming time is already dwindled down to maybe one day a week, if that. That is not worth the price of a new console for me. I'm hoping that'll change in a couple years, but I'm not holding my breath.
    decga
    This means an even better product. SDS can get more staffing & developer's for this great product we love. Maybe more equipment brands especially.
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    this is what I believe too, only it'll take a couple years on multi platforms to benefit the PlayStation Show IMO
    Unlikely, though I won't rule it out. PS still has some other exclusives (and timed ones) that I just can't give up on.
    There is, however, a better chance of me double-dipping on a potential Switch version later in a cycle after the price drops.
    decga
    This means an even better product. SDS can get more staffing & developer's for this great product we love. Maybe more equipment brands especially.
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    Curious as to why you think that? Would assume it staying exclusive but giving rights to other developers would truly drive competition and ultimately a better product. That being said, i have no issues with SDS and think that MLBTS is the best thing to ever happen to console baseball.
    green94
    Curious as to why you think that? Would assume it staying exclusive but giving rights to other developers would truly drive competition and ultimately a better product. That being said, i have no issues with SDS and think that MLBTS is the best thing to ever happen to console baseball.
    I cant speak for decga, but I do feel pretty much the same as him on the matter as far as I can tell and my personal line of thinking is: we've heard for the last several years how small a team SDS is relatively speaking and if Sony means to protect their interest in MLB this is the best chance they've had in years by reinvesting in SDS and hiring them much needed assistance and grow the Show brand. It may or may not wind up helping in the franchise department but it sure wasn't likely to change for the better with the previous status quo. This opens a new chapter for the Show and the potential is the sky's limit. Let's now see how aggressively Sony is willing to push that limit. Like all things, time will tell.
    I've read articles that separate studios could port the game over to other systems.
    Although they will sell more units does that translate into much larger profits?
    I'm sure they will experience an uptick, but baseball is probably the 3rd most popular sport.
    Many baseball fans bought a playstation system to play. How many fans will now purchase on their preferred system? Sony would then have to pay royalties to Microsoft and/or Nintendo cutting into the profit. We do not know what the liscence cost to renew. All of those factors will play into the bottom line increase.
    The MLB Show team has grown, but it appears most of the new devs have been hired to work on DD. I don't see that changing.
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    tabarnes19
    I've read articles that separate studios could port the game over to other systems.
    Although they will sell more units does that translate into much larger profits?
    I'm sure they will experience an uptick, but baseball is probably the 3rd most popular sport.
    Many baseball fans bought a playstation system to play. How many fans will now purchase on their preferred system? Sony would then have to pay royalties to Microsoft and/or Nintendo cutting into the profit. We do not know what the liscence cost to renew. All of those factors will play into the bottom line increase.
    The MLB Show team has grown, but it appears most of the new devs have been hired to work on DD. I don't see that changing.
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    baseball video games may be 4th even in America, behind both styles of football, American and soccer, and behind basketball.
    No. I buy all of the consoles so I couldn't care less. I do hope that Nintendo releases a switch Pro because being able to play The Show anywhere I want to takes me back to the PSP Vita days. A more powerful Switch would make it comparable to the new consoles coming out next year. It's a great thing overall that you'll be able to play the best baseball game no matter which system you have or prefer.

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