The Xbox Game Pass is the closest thing players have to a “Netflix of gaming” service. And now, it looks like PlayStation 5 may be getting its own answer to Microsoft’s Game Pass.
This hint comes straight from the top. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan gave an interview to Russian news outlet TASS on Wednesday. While much of the interview focused on the difficulty of manufacturing and shipping a new console during a global pandemic, Ryan also spoke about Sony’s ongoing rivalry with Microsoft.
On the topic of competition, Ryan is quite positive. According to him, competition “makes us work harder.” Furthermore, he says, “It avoids us getting complacent. It’s great that the consumer has a choice. I think that’s wonderful.”
When the interviewer asked about Sony countering the Xbox Game Pass, things got interesting. Ryan said, “There is actually news to come, but just not today.” He continued, “We have PlayStation Now which is our subscription service, and that is available in a number of markets.”
The hinted future service seems like it will be distinct from the current PlayStation Now service, and it is unlikely to feature day-one exclusives as the Xbox Game Pass does. But given the growing number of PS5 owners, any service like Game Pass would be a welcome option for players.