Sony doubles down on their games not launching day-one on PlayStation Plus


Sony has doubled down on their previous stance on not having their games day one for PlayStation Plus, a standard Microsoft has had for ages now.

Head of PlayStation indies Shuhei Yoshida was speaking at GI Live: London, where the Sony veteran echoed previous thoughts from company CEO and president Jim Ryan: they cannot afford to put first-party titles day and date on PlayStation Plus, at launch.

“In the same kind of way, we believe in the premium release of a title at launch and after maybe six months, or three months, or three years, when the game’s sales come down, inclusion into this service, PS Plus Extra, can help introduce these games to new, broader audiences,” Yoshida said.

He added, “Some people might have missed these games when they came out and it’s a great chance to play and generate word-of-mouth or if there’s DLC or a sequel going, we can help elevate interest to a broader audience about the franchise.”

Despite the divide on subscription services and true ownership in our modern era, Microsoft is tripling down on their Game Pass service with a new Friends & Family Plan.

“We are encouraging publishers to make use of these services in managing the lifecycle of each title,” Yoshida said. In the talk the Sony boss also admitted that subscription services are still “kind of experimental for (Sony) at this point.”

Yoshida also made note of various third party releases that have already hit PlayStation Plus on launch day, like Stray, and went on to become a hit regardless.



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