Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan says there’s “news to come” on a PlayStation response to Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s popular subscription-based games service.
In an interview with TASS, Ryan was asked about how PlayStation will respond to Game Pass, which has become an increasingly attractive value proposition for Xbox in recent years. While not explaining exactly what the response will be, Ryan did make clear that, “There is actually news to come, but just not today.”
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Ryan went on to point out that PlayStation already has its Now subscription service. He is presumably also not talking about the existing PS Plus Collection, which bundles a number of classic PlayStation games into the cost of a PS Plus subscription. Likely, any further response would either be a new service, or an addition to one of the above.
Xbox Game Pass offers over 100 games as part of a monthly subscription – including all newly released titles from Xbox Game Studios. At its Ultimate tier, that includes Xbox Live Gold, EA Play, xCloud, and, currently, a 30 day subscription to Disney+. It’s been a huge success for Microsoft, with 70% of Xbox Series X and S owners subscribing to Game Pass.