We think it’s pretty clear that Sony holds a certain level of power when it comes to their impressive catalogue of standalone exclusives, monthly freebies, and mouth-watering deals. However, in recent weeks we’ve heard news from the top dog over at Sony (Jim Ryan) that they have no real interest in matching Microsoft’s approach to first-party games being brought to the subscription platform.
The ‘Xbox Game Pass’ is opening up to a vast range of first-party games, and in return, hope to tempt a Sony fan or two into making the transition before the next line of consoles release. But, for Sony, there is little interest in promoting their subscription service ‘PlayStation Now’ or challenging Microsoft at all.
Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Jim Ryan explains, “The nature and scale of some of the first-party games that we are making leads us to think that, right now, it’s better to spend energy on making sure that the launch of those games is a massive entertainment event. I would cite God of War and Spider-Man [as examples], and The Last of Us 2 next year will fall into that category.”
So, while Microsoft attempts to get a leg up on the competition by introducing new material and synchronising with the trends, Sony will continue to keep their shunned child (PlayStation Now) in the dark and without water. But, in the end, it’ll be the fans who decide whether or not this was the right move. And should the long-term followers call for a more mighty subscription service, it’ll be up to the Sony boys to address its loyal audience and make that important final call.
So, what’re your thoughts on the ‘PlayStation Now’ vs. ‘Xbox Game Pass’ war between the two iconic factions? Make sure to leave your voice in the comments below.