Sony cites “sustainability” as reason not to bring first-party games on a subscription service

Sony has confirmed that it won’t be bringing their first party games on a day one subscription service ala Game Pass because it is not sustainable.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.Biz, CEO Jim Ryan goes on to explain why this is the case, saying that “For us, having a catalogue of games is not something that defines a platform. Our pitch, as you’ve heard, is ‘new games, great games.’ We have had this conversation before — we are not going to go down the road of putting new releases titles into a subscription model. These games cost many millions of dollars, well over $100 million, to develop. We just don’t see that as sustainable.

Ryan continues on to say that “We want to make the games bigger and better, and hopefully at some stage more persistent. So putting those into a subscription model on day one, for us, just doesn’t make any sense. For others in a different situation, it might well make sense, but for us it doesn’t. We want to expand and grow our existing ecosystem, and putting new games into a subscription model just doesn’t sit with that.”

Alternatively, with the PS5 announcement, a new PS Plus Collection was unveiled as well, which will allow early adopters of the PlayStation 5 to be able to pad their game library in an instant through a curated list of games and top hits like God of War, Days Gone, and Bloodborne among other titles.

The PlayStation 5 will be priced at $499 (around PHP25,000) for the Standard Edition and $399 around PHP20,000) for the Digital Edition. Both editions will release on November 12 in selected territories (US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea) and November 19 worldwide.

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