Xbox Game Pass is likely the most popular gaming subscription service right now, and all eyes are now on Sony’s response to it. In a TASS interview, when asked directly on what Sony might have planned in order to compete with Xbox Game Pass, Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan stated that there is “news to come.”
Ryan also pointed out that PlayStation does offer a competitor to Xbox Game Pass already.
“We have PlayStation Now…and that is available in a number of markets,” he stated.Jim Ryan
Sony has already been steadily trying to compete with Xbox Game Pass. In 2019, it cut the monthly price of PlayStation Now from $20 to $10, seemingly in an effort to match Xbox’s Game Pass monthly base price of $10. In 2020, Sony announced PlayStation Plus Collection, a service that gives PS Plus subscribers a selection of big PS4 titles.
Ryan also stated that in an interview with gameindustry.biz :
“The great first-party IPs are all there, the great partner titles, and we’d say that if you are new to PlayStation, or if you didn’t have a PS4 but are getting a PS5, and you’re taking out a PS Plus subscription, you’re basically getting PS4 there for the price of the subscription.”Jim Ryan
Ryan also heavily disagrees with Microsoft’s tactic of releasing new games as soon as they come out on the subscription service.
“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,” he commented.Jim Ryan