PlayStation CEO and President Jim Ryan has stated that their first-party titles will not come to the gaming subscription service, PlayStation Now.
During an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, the interviewer compared the PlayStation Now and Microsoft’s Game Pass subscriptions, and how “with every new Xbox first party game available to subscribers.” Ryan’s response lined out that major titles may not end up on the service.
“It’s an area that is fast changing and fluid. 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. I would cite God of War and Spider-Man, and The Last of Us 2 next year will fall into that category.
“That’s where we stand right now. But our stance on the inclusion of first party games in PlayStation Now in terms of what we’ve done this month is very different to our stance 12 months ago. 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.”
The move is surprising, especially considering the service has already reduced its prices this year.
With subscription based gaming, is it better to have major titles for a higher cost, or smaller titles for a smaller cost?
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