Sony is currently developing a rival service to Xbox Game Pass for the PS5. According to David Jaffe, the game designer behind the God of War series and the Twisted Metal series, the Japanese brand is actively preparing a “competitor” to Microsoft’s service. A few months ago, Sony CEO Jim Ryan hinted that a similar subscription service will be announced soon.
Since 2017, Microsoft has been offering Xbox Game Pass to Xbox players. Thought of as the Netflix of video games, this service allows you to play a large catalogue of unlimited games in exchange for a monthly subscription.
Game Pass is not only available on Xbox One or Xbox Series XS. It is possible to play from a PC or a smartphone. On PS4 and PS5, there is no service as rich as Xbox Game Pass.
PlayStation Now, the streaming game service developed by Sony, is based on cloud gaming to stream games. Note that it is also possible to emulate PS2 and PS3 games. Unlike Microsoft, Sony does not give subscribers access to all games on the day of their release.
Sony has already teased the arrival of a PlayStation version of Game Pass!
According to information from God of War creator David Jaffe, Sony is currently working on a service that will rival Microsoft’s Game Pass. “What I can tell you is I know they are doing some stuff because I know people at Sony who have told me that they are doing some stuff,” he added. “There will be a response to Game Pass” as David Jaffe announced in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
For now, the game designer doesn’t know which direction Sony should go in. As reported by videogameschronicle.com, the man said “Here’s what I would say I worry about. If Jim Ryan thinks the proper response to Game Pass is to emulate backwards compatibility, PS3 games, PS2, PS1, and then to also add Trophies, which is what that patent suggests they’re going to do, and they’re also going to fold in all the movies and shit and make a streaming service, he’s absolutely wrong”, says the game designer, clearly worried by Sony’s stated ambitions.
Ryan discussed PlayStation’s competition with Microsoft in the ongoing “console war” in an interview with Russian outlet TASS about the PS5. He stated that the term “console war” is a term he does not use or like.
“For me, it’s great that there’s competition. I think it makes us work harder,” answered Ryan. “It avoids us getting complacent. It’s great that the consumer has a choice. I think that’s wonderful.”
TASS inquired about Xbox Game Pass and whether Sony has any sort of independent response to the service.
Ryan had teased us with some interesting thoughts on the subject.
“There is actually news to come, but just not today,” he said. “We have PlayStation Now which is our subscription service, and that is available in a number of markets.”
What do you expect from the PlayStation version of Game Pass? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments.