Sony put on quite the showcase just yesterday for the PlayStation 5, announcing the release date and prices of its two PS5 models, as well as a slew of day one games for the next-gen console. Although Sony showed off an expanded PlayStation Plus subscription service with a whole host of games available on day one for the PS5, they still aren't sold on the Game Pass model.
"For us, having a catalogue of games is not something that defines a platform," PlayStation boss Jim Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz yesterday. "Our pitch, as you've heard it, is 'new games, great games.' We have had this conversation before - we are not going to go down the road of putting new releases and 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."
Ryan is obviously referencing Microsoft's decision to put key first-party titles like the upcoming Halo Infinite on Game Pass on day one. Any Game Pass subscriber will be able to download and play Halo Infinite as soon as it's available, forgoing the typical $60 purchase.
"We want to make the games bigger and better, and hopefully at some stage more persistent," Ryan continued. "So putting those into a subscription model on day one, for us, just doesn't make any sense. For others it's 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."
These comments from Ryan come just hours after Sony revealed the PlayStation Plus Collection. This is a collection of PS4 games that will be available on the PS5 on day one through the PlayStation Plus subscription service, and includes the likes of God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5, Batman: Arkham Knight, and more. It's nowhere near the capacity of Microsoft's Game Pass, but Sony is hoping it'll incentivize PS5 pre-orders by making some more popular, older games run even better on the new console.