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MLB The Show 21 to Debut on Xbox Game Pass

MLB The Show 21 will launch on Xbox Game Pass in a major pickup for Microsoft.
MLB The Show 21 will launch on Xbox Game Pass in a major pickup for Microsoft. / Photo courtesy of Microsoft

MLB The Show 21 will launch on Xbox Game Pass when it goes live April 20, despite having been developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment's San Diego Studio.

The game will be available for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, and Ultimate members will also get access on Android phones and tablets via the Xbox Cloud Gaming beta. Console players will be able to play the version of the game best suited to their system, be that last-gen or next-gen. The game will also feature cross-platform play and progression.

"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," wrote MLB senior vice president of games and virtual reality Jamie Leece. "We can't wait for Xbox fans to experience the fastest, deepest, and most intense moment-to-moment baseball action yet."

MLB The Show 21 was previously a PlayStation exclusive. Its move not just to Xbox, but to Xbox Game Pass, is a major coup for Microsoft. The service now offers NBA 2K, Madden NFL, Football Manager, FIFA and NHL in addition to MLB The Show, giving it a strong stable of simulation sports games.