For quite a few months now, many rumors have been circulating around a new PlayStation service aimed at competing with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Despite an improvement in the PS Now formula, Sony intends to respond in its own way. After a first appetizer from Jim Ryan last November, it is now the creator of God of War who confirms the noise of the corridors. Yes, PlayStation is preparing a response to Game Pass.
The service war
Since the PS3 in 2007, Sony has been on a good strategy which emphasizes the exclusives and the development of the First-Party studios to offer players a large quantity of quality games, playable only on PlayStation. A good way to seduce consumers when choosing their console.
But since 2017, Microsoft seems to be adopting an even more interesting strategy with the Xbox Game Pass. The service provides access to a catalog of games by subscription. For € 9.99 per month, subscribers get access to over 350 Xbox games and over 200 PC games. The special feature of the Game Pass is that it offers all of the Xbox Games Studios exclusives on the service, from the day of their launch, at no additional cost. Halo, Forza, Gears… All of them will be available on the day of their release.
With a PlayStation Now lagging behind, Sony can’t compete. In recent months, PS Now has been evolving in the right direction, but this is not enough. According to David Jaffe, creator of the God of War series, Sony should come up with a new service to perfectly match Microsoft’s offer.
The truth is, they are up to something to counter Game Pass. I know people at Sony, they told me they were working on it. What form will it take? I do not know. Here is what worries me. If Jim Ryan thinks the proper response to Game Pass is to emulate the PS3, PS2, PS1 games, then add Trophies, which the patent suggests, and integrate all the movies and everything in order to create a streaming service mixed with PS Now, it is completely wrong.
David Jaffe, in his latest YouTube video
How do you think PlayStation can compete against Game Pass? Will the firm manage to offer such a competitive service in the coming months?