Everyone knows by now that Sony is working on its own Xbox Game Pass rival. The subscription service is rumoured to rebrand PlayStation Now as a PlayStation Plus service and offer three tiers to customers. The top tier is said to include online gaming, free monthly games as well as access to classic titles from PS One, PS2 and PS3. There are even signs of PS3 games appearing on the PlayStation Store ahead of this service going live.
Xbox Boss Phil Spencer has commented on Sony’s plans saying it is the “right answer “. Speaking to IGN, Spencer opened up about Xbox Game Pass, its value and why other companies should follow the service.
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Spencer says that Xbox Game Pass isn’t just about offering a library of games to customers. Instead, he describes the service as a layered business model that leans on console and PC sales while also incorporating classic games. He goes on to explain how important it is to offer freedom of choice to gamers. Allowing them to play what they want where they want.
“I don’t mean it to sound like we’ve got it all figured out, but I think the right answer is allowing your customers to play the games they wanna play, where they wanna play them, and giving them choice about how they build their library, and being transparent with them about what our plans are in terms of our PC initiatives and our cross-gen initiatives and other things.”
When asked about Sony’s Game Pass competitor, Spencer says it is the right answer.
“So when I hear others doing things like Game Pass or coming to PC, it makes sense to me because I think that’s the right answer. I don’t really look at it as validation. I actually, when I’m talking to our teams, I talk about it as an inevitability. So for us, we should continue to innovate, continue to compete, because the things that we’re doing might be advantages that we have in the market today, but they’re just based on us going first, not that we’ve created something that no one else can go create.”
Spencer also says that Sony’s move to start its own service helps keep Microsoft on its toes. It feeds their energy on what to do next.
“I like it because it feeds our energy on what are the next things that we should be working on as we continue to build out the things that we’ve done in the past. Because I think the right answer is to ship great games, ship them on PC, ship them on console, ship them on cloud, make them available Day 1 in the subscription. And I expect that’s what our competitor will do.”
Sony hasn’t said anything in regards to its service yet. However, with the massive February State of Play rumoured to take place next month, perhaps we can see the announcement there?
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