PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has revealed Sony’s reasoning why it is not launching its biggest exclusive games on PlayStation Now.
Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, focused on one of the criticisms of PlayStation when it comes to embracing new ways of doing business.
Although Sony has increased its investment in streaming, more recently with a 50% price reduction for PlayStation Now, the service is still mostly populated by classic titles. The biggest games of the PS4, such as God of War, are only made available for a limited time and months after their first release.
This is a stark contrast to Microsoft’s approach, which is keen to make its first-party games available on as many platforms as possible, and through various buiness models, the most important of which via Xbox Game Pass.
“It is an area that is changing rapidly and is fluid,” Jim Ryan told GamesIndustry in an interview.
“The nature and size of some of the first party games we make reminds us that it is better to spend energy making sure the launch of those games is a huge entertainment event. I would be God of War and Spider-Man and the Last of Us (Part) 2 next year will fall into that category. ”
That said, Ryan reiterated that this position is not final, and the company is open to making its first first-party content better available.
“I don’t want to say that this is how PlayStation Now will be forever,” he explained.
“But certainly now, given that some of our first party IPs are incredibly special and valuable, we just want to treat them with amazing care and respect and make those launches clean and pure.”
As part of the same interview, Ryan also said that developers are very happy with how easy it is to code for PS5. View the full interview on the link above.