The Xbox Game Pass is such a huge game-changer for Microsoft’s ecosystem, that the whole vision for the latest generation of Xbox seems to have changed dramatically. While Sony has PlayStation Now, its own subscription service, it doesn’t offer what the Xbox Game Pass does but it looks like that will likely change according to a recent interview with CEO Jim Ryan.
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan recently expanded with TASS about PlayStation’s plans for the future and when questions were raised about what the company was doing to compete with the Xbox Game Pass, he mentioned: “there’s real news to come”. topics. That being said, he drew attention back to the fact that Sony already has membership services with PlayStation Now, a solid subscription feature.
The main difference between the PlayStation Now service and the Xbox Game Pass service is that the PS Now is rooted in the past, while the Xbox Game Pass library is a mix of previous games and new titles in development, especially with the free date- on the release title release.
Can Sony make an exact copy of the Xbox Game Pass? Sure, they absolutely can, but shouldn’t they? Personally, I’d love to see them make that move, but what about reality? It won’t make sense. The PlayStation has a more meaty first-party squad and while it looks like Microsoft is doing a great job of narrowing that gap for the future, it’s not quite there yet. While the Xbox barracks continue to evolve into new strengths, Sony is in a position where they don’t need the digital ecosystem at that level, they have a first-party squad that players will buy at full cost, with no real benefit for the company itself to mimic what Microsoft is doing.
We go into more detail about the different ecosystems and marketing strategies for both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 generations with our in-depth section here, for those who might be interested.
It will be interesting to see how the next generation continues to evolve and evolve. Both companies are in a strong position to grow, while last year Microsoft was clearly at a disadvantage with its previous leadership position and the marketing path was still in disarray before its launch. Pairing that with distance as a console, Microsoft has come a long way back, but Phil Spencer effectively took the lead and brought Team Greenback to where it belonged: for gamers.