Sony may be working on an Xbox Game Pass competitor for PlayStation
Jaffe has reportedly spoken with sources inside PlayStation who say the company has a plan to respond to Microsoft’s hugely popular service. Even if a PlayStation competitor of Xbox Game Pass was previously considered out of the question, this may not be the case.
Or maybe the decisions have changed. Sony’s previous stance on a PlayStation service similar to Xbox Game Pass model was that it “would not be sustainable”. Largely due to the huge budgets with which some of its proprietary titles end up.
A competitor PlayStation Game Pass is in the works
According to Jaffe’s sources, a response to Xbox Game Pass is in the works on PlayStation. But it might not be what people expect. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has previously said a similar service won’t work. But he also said the company has Something respond with.
Noting that the company has news to share, but not at this time. Jaffe’s statements in a podcast he ran on April 7 confirm this. As Jaffe notes, he knows Sony is working on something because he knows people on PlayStation who have told him Sony is working on something.
But that’s where the details more or less end. No one at Sony has shared official details on what’s to come. Just that something is on the way.
Should PlayStation fans be excited?
Right now, it’s hard to say whether fans of the platform should be excited or not. The idea that Sony is working on a response to Game Pass is good news in itself.
But with virtually no information on what this service looks like or what it will offer, fans can only hope to dream of how good Sony’s response will be. Xbox Game Pass is a hugely compelling service that offers a ton of value to those who subscribe to it.
So whatever Sony responds, it will also have to be very valuable if Sony is to be competitive. Sony already has PlayStation Now, which offers a growing library of over 700 PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles. Players can stream these titles on PS4 and PS5, or on PC. While a smaller group of these titles can be installed on consoles.
But PlayStation Now is far from being a Game Pass competitor. The latter allows subscribers to access not only a wide range of backward compatible titles, but also new proprietary versions. Many of them date and date with their console launches. In addition to that, some of these titles can also be streamed through the cloud on Android devices.
Everything Sony does will have to be in this direction if it wants its response to be an appropriate response that compels users to subscribe.