Sony and the team at PlayStation announced their plans today for a combined PS Plus and PS Now service launching this June, and PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has been talking a bit more about it in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz.
Interestingly, Ryan brought up once again that he was not interested in following the Xbox Game Pass route of adding new PlayStation first-party releases to the service at launch, suggesting that due to the way PlayStation operates at present, it could ultimately lead to worse quality games in the future:
"We feel like we are in a good virtuous cycle with the studios, where the investment delivers success, which enables yet more investment, which delivers yet more success. We like that cycle and we think our gamers like that cycle."
"[In terms of] putting our own games into this service, or any of our services, upon their release... as you well know, this is not a road that we've gone down in the past. And it's not a road that we're going to go down with this new service. We feel if we were to do that with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle will be broken. The level of investment that we need to make in our studios would not be possible, and we think the knock-on effect on the quality of the games that we make would not be something that gamers want."
As you may recall, Ryan previously discussed this topic all the way back in September of 2020 in another interview with GamesIndustry.biz, where he stated that "putting [first-party games] into a subscription model on day one, for us, just doesn't make any sense."
Ultimately then, PlayStation's refreshed PS Plus and PS Now service isn't going to be able to rival Xbox Game Pass in terms of putting new releases into the subscription, at least from a first-party standpoint. That said, it'll be interesting to see if Sony's stance changes on this if the new service proves to be a success over the next few years...
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