Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki has discussed the the idea of PlayStation exclusives launching on PS Plus; a hot topic since Xbox Game Pass began to integrate first party games many years ago. This time, comments come from a recent earnings call and for now, the company line hasn't changed.
That line is simply this: Sony believes its first party games would drop in quality if the company launched them day and date on its PS Plus subscription service. Here's exactly what Totoki had to say on the subject (thanks, Push Square):
"AAA titles on PS5, if we distribute that on subscription services we may need to shrink the investment needed for that and that will deteriorate the first-party title quality and that is our concern."
These comments follow up similar remarks from Sony CEO Jim Ryan, when discussing the new PlayStation Plus tiers. Basically, Ryan said that launching games day and date on subscriptions isn't something the company has ever done, and that it doesn't intend to do so in future either.
While we understand that the financial aspect of launching AAA games onto a service can't be understated, Microsoft is continually proving that the model works, at least for Xbox. Just last year, the company launched Microsoft Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite on Game Pass, just to name a few.
Do Sony have a point here? Or is Game Pass proving them wrong? Let us know your thoughts below.