Sony Interactive Entertainment says it has no plans to launch games day one on PlayStation Plus and compete with Xbox Game Pass. The platform received a massive overhaul last year that broke down the subscription service into three tiers: Essential, Extra and Deluxe. Players that purchased Extra had access to hundreds of PS4 and PS5 titles including the occasional day one drop like Stray. However, Sony has told players not to expect this trend to continue.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz in a recent interview, PlayStation subscription head Nick Maguire stated that Sony is currently happy with its current strategy of not releasing exclusives day one on PlayStation Plus and will continue to do so for the future. Sony didn’t entirely rule out the possibility of day one drops on the subscription service but reiterated that those will be limited to smaller releases and not PlayStation’s major first-party launches.
Speaking about the current strategy at Sony, Maguire said:
“Putting games in a bit later in the life cycle has meant that we can reach more customers 12, 18, 24 months after they have released. We’re seeing customers still get excited about those games and jumping in. For us, that’s working. Occasionally, there will be an opportunity to invest in a day-and-date like Stray and we will jump on those when they come in. But for us, letting those [first-party] games go out to the platform outside the service first… that’s working and that will continue to be our strategy moving forward.”
PlayStation competitor Xbox’s current strategy to bolster its own subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, revolves around releasing major first-party games day one on the service. While most view PlayStation Plus’ revamp as a means of competing with Game Pass, Sony says it’s own strategy is working right now and doesn’t intend on delivering big exclusives on day one.