Will PlayStation Release Its Own Game Pass After Calling It ‘Unsustainable’?

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November 21, 2020 5:19 pm

Sony’s PlayStation 5 has finally hit the stores globally and has been making staggering sales ever since. In an exclusive interview with Russian news agency TASS, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO Jim Ryan hinted at PlayStation releasing its own Game Pass.

When asked about Sony’s response to Microsoft’s Game Pass, Jim replied, “There is actually news to come, but just not today. We have PlayStation Now which is our subscription service, and that is available in a number of markets.”

PlayStation Now is Sony’s cloud gaming subscription service that gives instant access to hundreds of games. With the help of a PS Now subscription, players can instantly stream PS4, PS3, and PS2 games on their PS4 and PC.

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As per the latest interview with TASS, fans can definitely look forward to Sony introducing something similar to Xbox’s Game Pass. To say the least, it will be a significant addition to the PlayStation Now service.

Inside Gaming talked about the possibility of Sony taking such an action in a recent video:

PlayStation has been historically critical of the Xbox Game Pass

Interestingly, Sony’s CEO fell short of words while talking about the upcoming news on a Game Pass. According to the fans, it might be a huge announcement and Jim didn’t want to spoil it in any manner.

 

Having said that, Sony has not been a supporter of Xbox’s subscription service because it includes the latest releases, and even AAA titles. Accordingly, Jim Ryan himself has criticized the model and termed it as unsustainable.

“We have had this conversation before — we are not going to go down the road of putting new releases titles into a subscription model. These games cost many millions of dollars, well over $100 million, to develop. We just don’t see that as sustainable,” said the CEO in an interview with GameIndustry.biz.

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In hindsight, one can deduce that the Xbox Game Pass is not a very profitable business model. It emphasizes more on the expansion of the community, rather than revenue. However, if Sony is teasing a similar service, it must strike the perfect balance between community growth and profit-making.

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