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PlayStation CEO insists new games won’t be released into a subscription service

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Jim Ryan, CEO of PlayStation, seems like a dedicated man. The kind of man who knows what he wants and goes out to get it. The kind of man that makes a statement and then follows through on it even when he doesn’t… actually do that. Look, he’s been on the frontlines of marketing the PlayStation 5, saying all kinds of flowery things about both the hardware and software and while some of what he’s said has apparently been forgotten, he’s still adamant that PlayStation will not be offering a subscription service that incorporates new game releases.

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That could change, however. Jim Ryan said earlier this year, rather notoriously, that Sony believes in “generational leaps” alluding to reduced backwards compatibility for the PS5 and consistent releases of new exclusives to the next console which was apparently false a load of games announced this week, including Horizon: Forbidden West and Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be available on both PS4 and PS5. Yet Ryan’s adamant that Sony will not be implementing a Game Pass-like system that offers access to day one releases for a monthly subscription.

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“We have had this conversation before – we are not going to go down the road of putting new releases titles into a subscription model,” PlayStation boss Jim Ryan told Games Industry.

These games cost many millions of dollars, well over $100 million, to develop. We just don’t see that as sustainable.

Fair point you make there, Ryan. Yet I’m sure plenty of those games Microsoft is planning on dumping in Game Pass cost within the same realm to produce. I guess it would ruin that whole “prestige single-player experience” reputation many of Sony’s exclusives have.

Last Updated: September 18, 2020

3 Comments

  1. Seeker

    September 18, 2020 at 17:39

    With the way game prices keep ballooning, a subscription model becomes a more viable option for monetising games. People will be against it in the early years the same way they were against buying games digitally when steam first came along.

    Sony will soon enough change their tune and pretend they never said that. But the internet always remembers.

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    • Tyler

      September 20, 2020 at 00:02

      I really think people are underestimating what Game Pass and a $300 console is gong to do for Microsoft. It reminds me a bit of people mocking the Switch, saying it was way too underpowered and it didn’t have a clear market.

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  2. D4m@E

    September 21, 2020 at 11:01

    I think it’s all to do with the direction that the different companies took.
    Microsoft is more geared towards smaller and/or multiplayer games. Plus they have the PC crowd too.
    Sony’s bread and butter is their big, AAA, single player, first party exclusives. I think Sony would lose more than Microsoft if they can’t sell those games at full price to recuperate those costs.

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