In the newest interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan, he explains the reason for not putting their exclusive games on the newest PlayStation Plus subscription service on day one.
Ryan recently spoke with media outlet GamesIndustry.biz about SIE’s reason for not putting their big first-party games on their new PS Plus three tier model on day one. He thinks that “it would not make sense”.
The Sony CEO thinks they are in a good “virtuous” cycle with their studios right now. With their investment, it gives them success, and in turn would give them more investment, and then gives them more success. It just revolves on those two.
“[In terms of] putting our own games into this service, or any of our services, upon their release… as you well know, this is not a road that we’ve gone down in the past,” Ryan explains. “And it’s not a road that we’re going to go down with this new service.
“We feel if we were to do that with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle will be broken. The level of investment that we need to make in our studios would not be possible, and we think the knock-on effect on the quality of the games that we make would not be something that gamers want.”
Ryan does admit that this could change overnight depending on how the game market changes. It worked for Xbox Game Pass so it could happen to theirs too if they followed suit.
“The way the world is changing so very quickly at the moment, nothing is forever,” Ryan shares. “So I don’t want to cast anything in stone at this stage. All I’m talking to today is the approach we’re taking in the short term. The way our publishing model works right now, it doesn’t make any sense. But things can change very quickly in this industry, as we all know.”
SIE would only make a move if they feel Xbox Game Pass is getting more popular than the new PS Plus. It all depends on how the market moves these days.