Despite introducing the PlayStation Plus Collection, Sony has said it has no plans for releasing new PS5 games as part of a subscription.
Game Pass is now well established as the Xbox’s killer app but it’s obvious that the newly announced PlayStation Plus Collection is Sony’s attempt to provide a similar service: a large collection of genuinely great games that you can download at any time.
However, they’re only PlayStation 4 games, not PlayStation 5, and they’re not part of a subscription service but, seemingly, a one-off bonus – and it looks like it’s going to stay that way.
‘For us, having a catalogue of games is not something that defines a platform,’ PlayStation boss Jim Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz in a new interview.
‘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.’
That seems pretty unambiguous but then Ryan previously seemed adamant that none of Sony’s PlayStation 5 games would be cross-gen, and yet three were announced last night that are.
If he’s to be taken at his word though Ryan also implied there’d be no direct equivalent to Xbox All Access for PlayStation 5.
Not because he doesn’t like the idea of paying for consoles in instalments but simply because he believes enough retailers already offer such a service and he doesn’t want to antagonise retail stores by effectively trying to bypass them.
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