Sony is still hinting that a competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass is on the way for PlayStation gamers.
In an interview with Gamesindustry.bizPlayStation chief Jim Ryan says he wants hundreds of millions of people to have access to the best PS5 games.
Right now, Ryan says, about 10 to 20 million people have access to the AAA games that are currently available for the next generation console. This frustrates Ryan, who says he wants games to be more like movies and music, which are available regardless of which device users choose to play them on.
“I hope it will be the PlayStation 5 and I really believe that the PlayStation 5 will be the biggest, best and most popular Sony PlayStation to date,” Ryan said in the interview.
“I would also like to see a world where tens of millions of people can enjoy the games we make at PlayStation. Maybe hundreds of millions of people. Good luck now with the current console model, the success of PlayStation is really cool, you’re talking about ten or 20 million people who can play the game.
“We talk about games that collide with music, we talk about games that stack with movies. Music and movies, they can be viewed by almost unlimited audiences. And I think some of the artworks our studios create are some of the best entertainment ever anywhere in the world.” …and to frustrate the audience with the great art, the great entertainment that our studios provide… to make the audience 20 or 30 million so, that frustrates me. I’d like to see a world where hundreds of millions of people can enjoy these games.”
Microsoft is currently setting the standard with its excellent Game Pass Ultimate offering, which combines an impressive library of first and third-party games, cross-platform gameplay, and cloud streaming.
Sony’s PlayStation Now offering isn’t quite up to date at this point, but the company has offered some serious hints that a competing service is on the way. Ryan’s latest comments support this. Come on Sonny, show us your hand already.