We were treated to the news of PlayStation's answer to Xbox Game Pass today in the form of a merged PS Plus and PS Now service set to launch this June, but it's missing one key thing compared to Xbox Game Pass, and that's the complete absence of first-party releases joining the new PlayStation service on the same day they launch.
And as you can imagine, Xbox hasn't remained silent about this. Earlier today, the Xbox Game Pass Twitter account caused a stir when it mentioned in capital letters that Game Pass allows you to "play brand new games on DAY ONE", followed by GM of Xbox Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg also hyping up the same aspect of Game Pass:
PlayStation boss Jim Ryan did have a few comments to share earlier today about why the PS4 and PS5 service wouldn't be adding new first-party releases at launch in the future, explaining in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz that the current PlayStation Studios business model essentially wouldn't support it, and therefore "the knock-on effect on the quality of the games that we make would not be something that gamers want."
In our view here at Pure Xbox, Xbox Game Pass has clearly still got the upper hand when you compare the two services on paper, but the new version of PlayStation Plus should still prove a worthy option for PS4 and PS5 owners when it arrives in June, and it'll be interesting to see how things pan out for it over the next 12 months-or-so.
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