In your opinion, which of the two competitors would move forward first with a subscription service that mimics the current Game Pass model?
This would have to include:
- a library of games that isn’t tied to the online service of the console, and that offers first-party games day one on the service
I’m afraid the premise of this thread is too obvious and people will just reply “Sony”, however I still think it’s interesting to discuss. This is supposed to be a fun thread with a fun premise, not a very serious one.
Sony already has PlayStation Now, with a limited number of first-party games, none were available on day one. Jim Ryan however has stated that they don’t see the Game Pass business model as making sense for them or being sustainable for PlayStation. It seems that even though Sony has PlayStation Now and is investing more into PlayStation Plus (by offering more 3rd party games day one, a persistent collection of games, and sporadic smaller first-party offerings like Destruction All Stars), that they heavily rely on day one sales from their exclusives in order to keep a successful first-party organization afloat and would not be so interested to move to a Game Pass business model so soon. PS6 generation? Who even knows.
Nintendo, on the other hand, is entirely unpredictable, as we all know. They do their own thing, however, much like Sony, Nintendo heavily relies on the direct revenue from the sales of their first-party exclusives, even more so, I’d say. And the prices of their games are very inelastic and very rarely drop if ever at times. Nintendo never wants to devalue its IP, which they value above absolutely anything else, and they might think putting the games on a subscription service would cause just this (not implying this is the case for Xbox at all). However, such strong IP also makes the case for a service that would be one of the most desirable offerings in the entire industry. Nintendo has also previously played with the concept of offering games through a subscription model, like with Tetris 99, although most would say this is, of course, a very timid offer.
What do you think? Is Sony the obvious answer? Or could Nintendo surprise and actually be the first one of the two?