Fair enough, but that kind of describes any commercial competition, at least as I see it? You try to make a more compelling product in order to drive more business your way, and that increased business can be at the expense of your competitors.
I’m probably just being unintentionally pedantic and maybe misreading to boot, but the way it was worded made it sound (to me) like it was a $68 billion dollar sabotage of Sony which I found to be silly. Microsoft’s weak spot for a while now has been lack of exclusives compared to Sony. Sony has been really good at locking up compelling exclusives that move units. If you’re MS and looking long-term at Game Pass, this is a pretty amazing (and amazingly expensive) acquisition. Call of Duty refreshes could absolutely drive Game Pass subs going forward, not to mention all the other titles and IPs they’ve acquired.
In terms of exclusives, this is one giant step where Microsoft has thrust themselves back into the game. Perhaps will take the lead in that area a few years down, depending on how Sony responds. Like I’ve said upthread, I’m not fond of exclusivity as all as a consumer but exclusives are what sells consoles. Something that has been brought up repeatedly when comparing the PS5 and Series X on this forum and elsewhere.