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It Was MLB’s Decision to Bring MLB The Show 21 to Xbox, PlayStation Says

Major League Baseball, otherwise known as MLB, is behind the decision to bring Sony San Diego’s MLB The Show 21 to Xbox, according to PlayStation.

This news comes by way of Inverse, who spoke to PlayStation about the decision to bring MLB The Show 21. The upcoming installment in the franchise is coming to Xbox for the first time ever after being exclusive to PlayStation since 2006. Not only is The Show coming to Xbox when it releases on April 20, but it’s also launching day-and-date on Xbox Game Pass, which has an audience of at least 18 million subscribers.

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“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 told Inverse. “This decision provides a unique opportunity to further establish MLB The Show as the premier brand for baseball video games.”

Microsoft confirmed last week that MLB The Show 21 will launch on Xbox on April 20, as both a traditional purchase and as a part of the Game Pass library, which is the same day the game launches on PlayStation consoles. Those with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be able to play the game on Android phones and tablets via the Beta version of Xbox Cloud Gaming too.

MLB The Show 21 features cross-play, which means Xbox players and PlayStation players will be able to play with each other, and thanks to cross-progress, players can play take their progress data to any platform.

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MLB The Show 21 will launch on April 20 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. While waiting for that later this month, check out this video of the game running on Xbox Series X and then check out this MLB The Show 21 next-gen trailer.

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Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes