It’s no longer news that the Xbox Game Pass has continued to soar in subscribers count since the high IQ play by Microsoft, especially when they decided to buy Bethesda, which in turn granted them a nice collection of games to add to Xbox Game Pass.
Many has since then been eager to know what Sony has in store to compete with the already soaring Xbox Game Pass, especially since the sony’s PS Now isn’t getting anything done with almost like 9 times fewer subscribers than the Xbox Game Pass, According to new information, Sony isn’t letting Xbox take all the fun.
This past week, former God of War director David Jaffe went on YouTube to say that everyone is underestimated PlayStation’s Jim Ryan and that a response to Game Pass is coming.
“We had the guy on the show yesterday that had made the petition to fire Jim Ryan and I was like, ‘dude, that’s way premature’ because Jim Ryan doesn’t owe anybody, Sony doesn’t owe anybody, the truth about what’s coming and what their counterpunch to Game Pass is…There will be a response to Game Pass.”God of War Director
Copying Xbox, that would be a huge deal. It’s also extremely unlikely, given that Sony has previously said they don’t see that as sustainable for their big-budget games, and they do not want to forgo tens of millions of box sales for series like Horizon, God of War and others.
so how exactly does Sony plans to compete? Jaffe, who worked at PlayStation for 14 years but left the company in 2007, has also heard from his sources at Sony that a response to Game Pass is in the works,
“I’ve said time and again that people who are writing Jim Ryan’s obituary are way premature,” he said in a video published on his YouTube channel on Thursday.
“We had the guy on the show yesterday that had made the petition to fire Jim Ryan and I was like, ‘dude, that’s way premature’ because Jim Ryan doesn’t owe anybody, Sony doesn’t owe anybody, the truth about what’s coming and what their counterpunch to Game Pass is.
“What I can tell you is I know they are doing some stuff because I know people at Sony who have told me that they are doing some stuff, There will be a response to Game Pass.”
“What it is we don’t know, Here’s what I would say I worry about. If Jim Ryan thinks the proper response to Game Pass is to emulate backwards compatibility, PS3 games, PS2, PS1, and then to also add Trophies, which is what that patent suggests they’re going to do, and they’re also going to fold in all the movies and shit and make a streaming service, he’s absolutely wrong if he thinks that mixing it with PS Now [is the way to go].”
“That would make me go, ‘I don’t think the man has a clue’, because that’s not going to compete with Game Pass, but I don’t know if that’s the case, but I don’t think Jim Ryan is ready to throw under the bus at all.”
Possibilities Of A PS Now and PS Plus Merge
With just a few million subscribers to PS Now after all this time, and PS Plus being effectively “mandatory” for most PlayStation owners, I could see Sony benefitting from losing the PS Now brand entirely and just rolling up both services together as a way to undercut Xbox, which still separates XBL and Game Pass unless you combine them into a somewhat expensive bundle. PS Now’s library is solid, and PS Plus is constantly adding free monthly games that are always hugely attractive, along with things like the PS Plus Collection.
Possibilities Of A PS Game Pass
Straight up, Sony Might just decide to release their own service “PS Game Pass” by adding some of their top games to the service, While it’s hard to imaginea game like, Horizon Forbidden West launching on a PlayStation Game Pass on day one, it’s possible Sony becomes more open to doing this with other games, showing PlayStation players that it’s worth signing up for the service.
All of this does raise the question though, is there anything Sony really can realistically do to match Game Pass? let me know in the comments or on twitter.