As we all know, the next year of 2021 will be a promising time for gamers. Jim Ryan’s words in the latest interview may herald an alternative Xbox Game Pass for owners of the Sony consoles, including PS5. At the same time, the head of PlayStation commented on Microsoft’s takeover of Bethesda next year.
Recently, about the exclusivity of Bethesda games, the financial director of Xbox has spoken, announcing the best versions of games for Microsoft, although it is worth looking at the situation from a second perspective.
During a recent meeting with a journalist from Tass site, Jim Ryan referred to the exclusivity of such titles as The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield. Sony is watching the whole situation, waiting for announcements:
That’s a decision that is out of our hands, we’ll wait and see what happens. I look forward to learning about that. We just take a different approach. Our emphasis has been to focus on really steady, slow, but constant organic growth of our studios, selectively bolstered by acquisitions. We respect the steps taken by our competition, they seem logical and sensible. But we’re equally happy and confident, we’ve got a better launch lineup than we’ve ever had at any of our console launches.
Earlier in the conversation, Jim Ryan emphasized how important exclusive games are to PlayStation:
Great games are really important for the PlayStation 5, and if those great games are exclusive to our platform, we think that is a point of difference in our favor, and we’re very happy to be able to offer the PlayStation community games that they can only find on a PlayStation. … The strength of the games that our studios made in the PS4 cycle was a big factor in the PlayStation 4 being so popular.
A few months ago, Jim Ryan emphasized that PlayStation is not interested in Xbox Game Pass, but the approach to this type of service among the owners of the Japanese corporation may have changed slightly. During the discussion, the head of PlayStation suggested that important announcements for Sony fans were coming:
There is actually news to come, but just not today. We have PlayStation Now which is our subscription service, and that is available in a number of markets.
So, it seems that Sony might be working on PlayStation’s answer to Xbox Game Pass in the coming months.