Microsoft has one of the best deals in gaming right now. I’m not talking about the Xbox Series S, which is the most affordable next-gen entry point, I mean Xbox Game Pass, the service that’s become synonymous with affordable. It is so popular that the new Xbox ecosystem has been built around this service, and for good reason. It’s essentially what Netflix would be for games.
Sony’s lagging behind in that regard, with their only offering being as of now, PlayStation Now, a subscription service, and the PlayStation Plus Collection, which is only available to PlayStation 5 owners. However, a new interview with Jim Ryan could likely lead to something bigger for PlayStation subscribers.
Speaking to TASS, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan offered some insight into the future of the PlayStation brand. Ryan suggests that a service similar to Xbox Game Pass may be in the cards for Sony, when pressed for information, Ryan said, “There is actually news to come, but just not today. We have PlayStation Now which is our subscription service, and that is available in a number of markets.”
I’m surprised Jim Ryan confirmed they are considering their next steps when the company is used to playing things so close to their chest. This is the company that likes to stay tight-lipped right until the moment they are ready to talk about what they’re working on. I guess with the positive reception Microsoft has seen in regards to Xbox Game Pass, it was only a matter of time before Sony tried to course-correct and steers consumers their way.
In the same interview, Ryan almost spoke about the acquisition of Zenimax/Bethesda by Microsoft, “That’s a decision that is out of our hands, we’ll wait and see what happens. I look forward to learning about that. We just take a different approach,” says Jim Ryan, “Our emphasis has been to focus on really steady, slow, but constant organic growth of our studios, selectively bolstered by acquisitions. We respect the steps taken by our competition, they seem logical and sensible. But we’re equally happy and confident, we’ve got a better launch lineup than we’ve ever had at any of our console launches.”