You know Sony’s new service can’t compete with Xbox Game Pass, I know that, and Jim Ryan himself knows that. Microsoft follows offer more for less and that’s something only a company with the financial muscle of Americans can do.
Thing is, many users have jumped on S ony asking for their model to be the same as Xbox Game Pass in some way, especially when it comes to launching first-party launch games.
At Sony, they bet on the vitaminization of their subscriptions and not on the delivery of launch games
Jim Ryan himself slammed the door on anyone expecting “Spartacus” to deliver the company’s games from day one as if Microsoft did. He was talking about it with games industry and his response to the possibility of doing something similar to what Microsoft is doing, would lead to quality problem of their games.
That doesn’t mean that in Microsoft’s case it’s like that, but it does mean that Sony doesn’t have the resources to come up with that plan, and so they choose another path.
We have the impression of being in a nice virtuous circle with the studios, where investment makes success, which makes it possible to invest even more, which makes even more success. We love this cycle and we think our players love this cycle.
As for putting our own games on this service, or one of our services, after they’ve been released…as you well know, that’s not a route we’ve taken in the past. And that’s not a path we’re going to take with this new service. We believed that if we were to do that with the games we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous circle would be broken. The level of investment that we would need to put into our studios would not be possible, and we believe the ripple effect on the quality of the games we make would not be something gamers would want.
So, with these words, it’s clear that at least for now and in the short term, Sony is set to take a different path than Microsoft. It remains to be seen how their strategy works for each.