The Xbox boss thinks Sony should offer its big day one releases in its rumored Game Pass for PS5 and PS4, which is due to arrive this spring.
According to information published by Bloomberg earlier this month, Sony would be preparing its own Xbox Game Pass-style subscription service through the merger of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now this spring. This rumored new platform, whose code name would be ‘Spartacus’ according to anonymous sources who revealed the news, has not been commented on by PlayStation, so we still do not know if it is official or not.
However, the one who has reacted to the rumor has been Phil Spencer, head of Xbox , who in statements to IGN has spoken that the appearance of services similar to Xbox Game Pass is a matter of time: “When I hear that others do things like Xbox Game Pass or coming to PC, it makes sense to me because I think it’s the right answer , “he says, referring to Sony, which has also recently opted to bring great exclusives to computers, such as God of War or Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection .
Big day one releases on PlayStation Game Pass?
In fact, Spencer believes that the right path is the one that Xbox is following with Game Pass, and hopes that Sony will do the same with its rumored new subscription service: “I think the correct answer is to release great games, release them on PC, release them on console, launch them in the cloud, publish them on day one in subscription . And that’s what I expect our competitor will do.” Such practices, such as posting big releases the day they premiere on the subscription service, have been openly criticized by Jim Ryan , chairman and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, who called the Xbox Game model “unsustainable.” Pass .
To finish, the head of Xbox explains that the supposed arrival of this new service is not a sign of the obvious success of Xbox Game Pass, but rather an incentive to continue making it improve: “I don’t see it as a validation. Actually, when I talk to our teams, I talk about it as an inevitability So for us, we have to keep innovating, keep competing, because the things that we’re doing may be advantages that we have in the market today, but it’s just based on being first, not where we’ve created something that no one else can create.
At the moment there is no official confirmation of the arrival of this new subscription service for PS5 and PS4, but it is true that the company has begun to withdraw PlayStation Now cards from stores and PS3 games have begun to appear on the PS Store , which would correspond to one of the advantages that would be included in one of the various tiers of the subscription.