While Microsoft continues to be a hit with its Xbox Game Pass, following this model is unthinkable for Sony.
The strength of Xbox Game Pass from Microsoft is to offer all their games in the subscription, even the ambitious AAA ones, as soon as they are released. Many PlayStation gamers would dream of seeing PlayStation Plus head in the same direction, but the builder and developer has just killed all hopes of a potential Sony-style Game Pass.
Although Hiroki Totoki, director of financial consulting at Sony, has announced that he does not want to “make comments about competitorsDuring the company’s latest financial appeal, statements made there point to the impossibility of a Game Pass equivalent for PlayStation consoles.
A danger for quality games
For the moment, Sony is concentrating on its development, and the development of its projects. PlayStation head Jim Ryan has said in the past that “games get bigger, get better, get prettier, get richer and their stories get stronger” and that to continue this momentum, it would be impossible to make their games available in a subscription under penalty of not being able to invest as much in these projects.
Hiroki Totoki took advantage of this call to reaffirm this desire:
“The AAA titles of the PS5, if we decided to offer them in our subscriptions, we would probably have to reduce our investments dedicated to them which would reduce the quality of our first-party titles, and that concerns us.”
So we won’t see God of War: Ragnarök or other titles from PlayStation Studios make their arrival in the PlayStation Plus subscription anytime soon. But the new versions of the subscriptions will offer alternatives to the lack of recent headlines.
PlayStation Always More
Failing to offer the latest novelties, the PlayStation Plus catalog will be enriched with other little nuggets of now and yesteryear. The new premium tier will notably offer 340 additional games that were formerly part of the PlayStation Now subscription, but will also bring a whole selection of games from across the ages and console generations. In effect, it will be possible to access a catalog of PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and even PSP games ! It is unfortunate to see that the Playstation Vita is left out, but it is not impossible that games from this platform will also arrive after the implementation of the new service.
Trial versions of big AAA games will however be available in this new subscription so that you can try them out before deciding to buy them. You can find details of the services offered in the new PlayStation Plus formats just here.
It remains to be seen if this new recipe will be enough to cope with the Game Pass without the ability to offer so many new features.