Xbox Game Pass Alternative Wouldn't Make Financial Sense For PS5, Says CEO Jim Ryan

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has been talking all things PS5 following the price reveal of the system yesterday, including that Sony won't be offering its new first-party releases in an Xbox Game Pass style subscription service any time soon.

Ryan elaborated on this while talking to, telling the outlet that the service wouldn't make financial sense due to Sony's first-party games costing "many millions of dollars" to make:

"For us, having a catalogue of games is not something that defines a platform. Our pitch, as you've heard, is 'new games, great games.' 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.

We want to make the games bigger and better, and hopefully at some stage more persistent. So putting those into a subscription model on day one, for us, just doesn't make any sense. For others in a different situation, it might well make sense, but for us it doesn't. We want to expand and grow our existing ecosystem, and putting new games into a subscription model just doesn't sit with that."

It's a bit of a blow for PS5 adopters, especially given that Sony has announced price increases for some of its first-party games going forward, with Xbox already having confirmed that all of its first-party titles will continue to enter Xbox Game Pass on release day for Xbox Series S/X, including the much-anticipated Halo Infinite next year.

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