A top executive at Microsoft (who dropped the atomic bomb of the year when they bought Activision Blizzard) thinks the games industry would benefit from a similar business model from Sony to accompany Xbox Game Pass in the market.
We’ve mentioned recently at a rumour level that something is suspiciously brewing in-house at PlayStation to bring PlayStation’s subscription services in a streamlined, tiered way come spring. The service, currently codenamed Spartacus, may thus make PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP titles available, but in the case of PS3 games, a tweet claims that a bug has caused them to show up on PlayStation 5’s PlayStation Store.
On the subject, Spencer told IGN what he thinks: “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 a 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. 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.”
When asked about what he feels when Sony effectively takes their idea, he added, “I don’t look at it as validation. 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 create. It feeds our energy on 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 the cloud, make them available Day 1 in the subscription. And I expect that’s what our competitor will do.”
So do we. Let’s not deny it: hopefully, Sony will announce a Game Pass competitor soon.