PlayStation Says First-Party Games Would “Go Bad” If Launched On PS Plus On Day One
PlayStation executive Hiroki Totoki recently told investors during a Sony earnings call that the quality of its first-party games would “deteriorate” if released on the company’s PlayStation Plus subscription service. the day of the launch.
This news comes from Eurogamer, which reports that Totoki said this while mentioning that he doesn’t want to comment on “competitor strategy”, with the likely competitor being Microsoft and its Xbox Game Pass service. Xbox releases its first-party games to Xbox Game Pass on launch day and it’s a big draw for the subscription service. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has revealed in the past that even with the company’s upcoming PS Plus revamp, it has no plans to launch first-party games on it, and Totoki’s latest comments echo that.
“I will refrain from commenting on the competitor’s strategy,” Totoki told investors. “Our current thinking is to have development costs [and] appropriate R&D investment for quality products, and it will improve the platform and also improve the business in the long term. AAA type titles on PS5, if we distribute this on subscription services we may have to reduce the investment needed for this and it will deteriorate the quality of the proprietary title and that is our concern… so we want to make sure that we spend the appropriate amount of development costs to ensure that solid products – titles – are introduced in the right way.
As you can see, Totoki avoids actually mentioning Microsoft and its Xbox Game Pass strategy, but his words are pretty clear: if PlayStation were to adopt a proprietary PS Plus strategy similar to Microsoft’s, he thinks the quality of its games would fall.
Eurogamer notes that elsewhere in the financial appeal, Totoki said that PlayStation plans to “increase software development spending aimed at bolstering proprietary software at our existing studios by approximately 40 billion yen”. This translates to approximately $308 million.
“Going forward, we aim to grow the gaming business by strengthening our proprietary software and rolling out that software across multiple platforms,” Totoki said, likely referring to PC and mobile versions, as noted. Eurogamer.
While we wait to see what that $308 million investment looks like, check out Sony’s soon-to-be-launching new PlayStation Plus options that combine Plus and PlayStation Now.
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