That Xbox forces the Playstation to “copy them” is good news

We read at length all sorts of stories from those with a visceral hatred for Xbox. Even the media sows doubts about someone who is not common to worry consumers about the viability of a business. Even Sony itself has attacked the service saying that something like Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass is not sustainable. Other people claimed that this model harms the industry and that the games should be sold at prices of R$ 350 – you have to defend everything!

The fact is that everything can be water under the bridge and outdated controversies. Bloomberg, very trustworthy, stated that Sony will create a new subscription system that reminds a little of the Xbox Game Pass. Personally, I think they are nothing alike, hence the quotes in the title. In fact, it seems to me that this move is good news for everyone, so I want to give my opinion on it. But first, this is what we know about this future subscription:

  • Package 1: It includes the current benefits of Playstation Plus as we know it today.
  • Pack 2: Playstation now with PS4 and PS5 titles (none released).
  • Pack 3: Plastation Now with PS2 and PS3 games, plus PSOne and PSP games are added.

What we’re seeing here is an improvement to their cloud gaming service, which is now looking to rent classic consoles without seriously addressing backwards compatibility locally. Like I said, all of this is far from being a Game Pass, local games are not added in addition to the Plus, there is no access to “Day One” or game launches in subscription and of course everything is via streaming without backwards compatibility improvements and limitations of the Japanese cloud service.

But just because it’s not a copy of Redmond’s signature doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Some want Sony to copy Microsoft, but its business model goes in other directions. ATony can’t burn money like microsoft bringing games for subscription release, the idea is to continue renting their ventures for the first year and take them for subscription later. A good idea, but dangerous for proposals that need extra visibility.

We have to admit that Microsoft is on a hostile plane against its competitors, and Game Pass is extremely aggressive. The Japanese don’t have the coffers of the Americans, and maybe that’s the best they could do, renting the games from their classic and current consoles without completely relinquishing the current model.

Some will understand the move as an urgent response by the Japanese to contain the Xbox, and it’s partially true that it is. Sony has no choice unless they reinvent themselves a little, they are already behind on some things and perhaps with the means they have this is the best they could do. Certainly a fan of the blue brand will be disappointed at how bad the proposal might sound, but that’s it.

The fact that Jim Ryan’s team, who leads the leading video game brand today, have noticed Microsoft and its gaming division is a clear sign of how Phil Spencer and his team are doing well. Furthermore, with this movement we all win, after all, Playstation Now is accessible not only on Playstation machines, and the subscription is improved with classic games and some more exclusive ones from Playstation Studios.

Now leave me in the comments your impressions on this whole subject. Do you think this change will be a real competitor to the Xbox Game Pass?