It’s not entirely a secret that PlayStation 4 took the crown in the previous generation, with Xbox One playing its second role throughout. Microsoft had a hard time raising sales to compete with Sony in the previous generation, but the fact that Xbox One lags behind PlayStation 4 led to the launch of Xbox Game Pass, a subscription-based gaming service that was warmly received by gamers across Xbox One and PC.
The Xbox Game Pass is an example of Microsoft doing the best of the bad generation, and as we approach a new era for gaming, it will be a major focus for Microsoft. Sony has always suggested that it thinks PlayStation Now is a suitable competitor to the Xbox Game Pass, but now it looks like it might change course.
In an interview with Russian tas, PlayStation President Jim Ryan suggested that Sony set up its own Xbox Game method. Ryan was clearly asked how Sony intends to respond to Xbox Game Pass, and he said in response, “There is news coming already, but not just today. We have PlayStation Now which is our subscription service, and it’s available in a number of markets.”
Therefore, it looks like Sony might be looking to take on Game Pass in some way. Although Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now are similar services in that they allow access to the game library for a monthly subscription fee, they are not exactly the same. Obviously, the biggest difference is the fact that in Xbox Game Pass, you need to download the Xbox and PC games that you want to play on your device, while PlayStation Now focuses more on streaming games (although Xbox Game Pass allows you to broadcast live. Select titles) Android phones too).
With the launch of PlayStation 5, we also saw Sony introduce the PlayStation Plus range, which is a curated selection of 20 first- and third-party PlayStation 4 games available to PS5 owners, and there are definitely some Game Pass ringtones out there. We’ll see what Sony will do here, so stay tuned for more.