Jim Ryan teases new initiatives
Speaking with Russian media outlet TASS, PlayStation bigwig Jim Ryan was asked about Sony’s response to Xbox’s popular Game Pass subscription service. He replied, intriguingly: “There is actually news to come, but just not today.” The executive then went on to talk about PlayStation Now, which is the Japanese giant’s cloud streaming platform.
It’s a curious statement, because when asked a similar question earlier in the year, Ryan explained that a Game Pass-like subscription “doesn’t make sense for us”. He told Games Industry.biz: “We are not going to go down the road of putting new release 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.”
Obviously, the platform holder has its work cut out right now with the PS5 launch, so this probably isn’t the right moment to start talking about other initiatives it may or may not have in the pipeline. Consider our curiosity piqued, though – that’s a very interesting answer to an otherwise obvious question.