The company expressed confidence in its current strategy, stating that it is "working" so they intend to maintain it in the future.
Sony has confirmed that it won't follow in the footsteps of Xbox, which makes its exclusives available on its subscription service from the first day of launch, as it is "happy" with its current strategy.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Sony's VP and global head of subscriptions, Nick Maguire, stated that Sony has no plans to adopt the Game Pass strategy for exclusives any time soon and is still against releasing its first-party games on PS Plus at launch.
"We're happy with our strategy," Maguire said. "Putting games in a bit later in the life cycle has meant that we can reach more customers 12, 18, 24 months after they have released."
"We're seeing customers still get excited about those games and jumping in. For us, that's working. [...] For us, letting those [first-party] games go out to the platform outside the service first… that's working and that will continue to be our strategy moving forward."
Maguire, however, acknowledged that Sony did release the Cyberpunk cat game Stray on PlayStation at launch. However, it's important to note that such releases pale in comparison to what Xbox Games Pass offers on day one as Xbox's subscription service features exclusive titles like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and the highly anticipated Starfield as soon as these games are released.
During the interview, Maguire also revealed that PlayStation is currently conducting tests for PS5 cloud streaming – this feature will be available to PS Plus Premium subscribers in the future. The service will encompass PS5 titles available in the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog and Game Trials, along with "supported" digital PS5 games that players have already acquired.
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