While the Playstation Plus has just begun its transformation into three new models, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan explains why you won’t find freshly released games in any of these formulas.
It’s official: next June, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now will merge to create a… revamped PlayStation Plus. The “PlayStation Plus Essential” plan will offer the same benefits as the current PlayStation Plus, the “PlayStation Plus Extra” will add several hundred downloadable PS4 and PS5 games and the “PlayStation Plus Premium” will add access to previous PlayStation game libraries, PS Vita excluded.
But unlike Game Pass, even the most expensive of these new PlayStation Plus models won’t provide access to unreleased titles on release day. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, the CEO of PlayStation explained that the games in question would not benefit from this type of distribution.
No “Day 1” games on the PlayStation Plus… yet
Jim Ryan indicates to begin with that the collaboration with the studios as observed so far is already giving very satisfactory results.
“We feel like we’re in a good virtuous cycle with studios, where investment generates success, which enables even more investment, which generates even more success. We love this cycle and we think our players love it too. »
And it would be precisely to maintain this relationship that it is not possible to envisage games available “Day 1” on the PlayStation Plus.
” [En ce qui concerne] integrating our own games into this service, or any of our services, upon release…as you know, that’s not a route we’ve taken in the past. And that’s not a path we’re going to take with this new service. We believe that if we did this with the games we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle would be broken. The level of investment needed in our studios would not be possible, and we believe the ripple effect on the quality of the games we make would not be something gamers want. »
But referring to the recent distribution of PlayStation games on PC, the PlayStation CEO points out that everything could change:
“So I don’t want to set anything in stone at this point. All I’m talking about today is the approach we’re taking in the short term. With the way our editing model currently works, it wouldn’t make sense. [de mettre des jeux dès leur sortie sur le PlayStation Plus]. But things can change very quickly in this industry, as we all know. »