Sony's PlayStation Now service has been doing quite well. The game streaming service has seen a significant increase in service, thanks in part to the addition of more recent blockbusters like God of War, and PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says its hit one million customers.
Despite that, as Ryan says in an interview with GIBiz, newer games still won't be hitting the service on launch. While PS Now is more comparable to Microsoft's Project xCloud than the Ultimate Game Pass, the latter has been getting noticed for its day-one availability of major first-party Xbox games like Gears 5. It doesn't sound like Sony is looking at that kind of service for PS Now yet, though.
"The nature and scale of some of the first party games that we are making leads us to think that, right now, it's better to spend energy on making sure that the launch of those games is a massive entertainment event," Ryan told GIBiz.
The PlayStation CEO does note that Sony's stance on first-party inclusion on the platform is very different from where it was a year ago, and things could change. The arrival of God of War on the streaming service also came with a price reduction, down to $9.99/month.
"I don't want to say this is what PlayStation Now is going to be like forever. But certainly right now, given how some of our first party IP is incredibly special and valuable, we just want to treat them with amazing care and respect, and have those launches be clean and pure," Ryan says.
PlayStation Now has had a steady trickle of features since it first launched, including the ability to download games to you PlayStation 4 to reduce latency issues. It seems like Sony's been ahead of the streaming surge we're currently seeing with Stadia and xCloud. The latter has Game Pass on its side though, and could contest Sony's dominance with potential day-one launches. We'll see how things pan out as more info about the next generation of consoles, and how they tie into the evolution of streaming services.