Sony SIE CEO Jim Ryan Claims PlayStation A Subscription Service is “More Meaningful” Than Xbox Game Pass
In an unprecedented revelation during the FTC v. Microsoft acquisition case, Sony SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan stated that his PlayStation A subscription service holds more value compared to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, according to foreign media Insider Gaming.
Jim Ryan has consistently expressed skepticism towards Microsoft’s gaming service, repeatedly criticizing it in the past.
During the court proceedings, Ryan argued that by incorporating AAA games with budgets exceeding $100 million into the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft attempted to utilize its immense financial resources to guarantee minimal revenue for game publishers. However, Ryan claimed that this approach had minimal impact, as publishers remained indifferent towards Microsoft. In contrast, he emphasized that his PlayStation Plus subscription service offered a more significant value proposition than Xbox Game Pass.
Interestingly, Ryan attributed Microsoft’s recent spree of “large-scale acquisitions to secure 3A games” to this disparity.
Ryan further revealed that although he had engaged in discussions with all publishers regarding Xbox Game Pass, not every publisher shared the same enthusiasm. He asserted that the service did not only diminish the value of individual games but also inflicted damage on the entire gaming industry.
Moreover, Ryan unveiled that while Microsoft announced 25 million subscribers for Xbox Game Pass in January 2023, PlayStation Plus currently boasts nearly 50 million subscribers, solidifying the viability of Sony’s subscription service.
In a direct comparison, Ryan expressed his belief that Bungie’s acquisition, valued at $3.6 billion, provided more value to PlayStation than Microsoft’s staggering $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. As a result, he continued to critique Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Notably, in July of this year, Ryan proudly announced that global sales of the PS5 had surpassed 40 million units since its launch in November 2020. The console offers a vast library of over 2,500 games, ranging from indie titles to highly acclaimed AAA masterpieces.
Emphasizing Sony’s commitment to catering to the player community’s preferences, Ryan highlighted the innovative features developed for the PS5, such as adaptive triggers and tactile feedback on the DualSense controller and PlayStation VR2. These advancements enabled PlayStation Studios and third-party collaborators to unleash their creative visions and enhance the overall gaming experience.
According to foreign media Insider Gaming, with the release of new documents in the acquisition case FTC v. Microsoft, Sony SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan previously included in the court question and answer session was revealed, and at the time he claimed that his PlayStation A subscription service “More meaningful” than Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.
Jim Ryan is actually not optimistic about Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service and has criticized Microsoft’s service many times before.
In this FTC court round, Jim Ryan said he believed that when Microsoft introduced AAA games with budgets of more than US$100 million to Xbox Game Pass, it tried to use Microsoft’s “financial power” capital to provide a minimum income to game publishers. ensure However, Jim Ryan said he believes this approach has not had a significant impact, and publishers have not paid more attention to Microsoft. In comparison, Jim Ryan said his PlayStation Plus subscription service was “more meaningful” than Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.
However, because of this, he said, this has also led to Microsoft “conducting large-scale acquisitions to secure 3A games” in recent years.
Jim Ryan reiterated that he has communicated with all publishers about Xbox Game Pass, but not everyone likes Game Pass because the service “not only destroys the value of individual games, but also causes damage at the level of the entire gaming industry “.
Jim Ryan also revealed that the number of Xbox Game Pass subscribers announced by Microsoft in January 2023 was 25 million, but PlayStation Plus currently has almost 50 million subscribers, so PlayStation’s subscription service is more viable.
Finally, Jim Ryan compared Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard to Sony’s $3.6 billion acquisition of Bungie, he believed that Bungie could bring much more value to PlayStation than Activision Blizzard, so he continued to criticize Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. .
At the end of July this year, Jim Ryan announced that the worldwide sales of the PS5, which will be launched in November 2020, officially exceeded 40 million units. From indie games to best-selling AAA masterpieces, PS5 currently has more than 2,500 games.
Jim Ryan said that when developing PS5, SIE always prioritized the preferences and needs of the community, which is why innovative designs such as adaptive triggers and tactile feedback were developed on the DualSense controller and PlayStation VR2. PlayStation Studios and third-party partners make full use of these features to expand their creative ideas and demonstrate cross-generational leaps in the gaming experience provided to players.
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