PlayStation says first-party games would ‘deteriorate’ if they launched on PS Plus on day one

PlayStation executive Hiroki Totoki recently told investors on a Sony earnings call that the quality of its first-party games would “deteriorate” if released on the company’s PlayStation Plus subscription service on launch day.

This news comes through eurogamer, which reports that Totoki said this while also mentioning that he doesn’t want to comment on “the competitor’s strategy”, with the likely competitor being Microsoft and its Xbox Game Pass service. Xbox releases its first-party games on Xbox Game Pass on launch day and is a big draw for the subscription service. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has revealed in the past that even with the company’s upcoming PS Plus revamp, it doesn’t plan on releasing first party games there, and Totoki’s latest comments echo that.

“I will refrain from commenting on the competitor’s strategy,” Totoki told investors. “Our current thinking is to have development costs [and] adequate investment in R&D for quality products, which will improve the platform as well as the business in the long run. AAA type titles on PS5, if we distribute this on subscription services, we may need to reduce the investment required for this and that will deteriorate the quality of the original title and that is our concern… development costs for solid products – titles – are introduced in the right way.”

As you can see, Totoki avoids really mentioning Microsoft and its Xbox Game Pass strategy, but his words are pretty clear: if PlayStation adopted an original PS Plus strategy similar to Microsoft’s, it believes the quality of its games would drop.

eurogamer notes that elsewhere in the financial call, Totoki said that PlayStation plans to “increase software development expenses aimed at strengthening primary software at our existing studios by approximately 40 billion yen.” This translates to around $308 million.

“Going forward, our goal is to expand the gaming business by strengthening our top-notch software and deploying that software across multiple platforms,” said Totoki, likely alluding to PC and mobile versions, as noted by eurogamer.

While you wait to see what that $308 million investment looks like, read about Sony’s new PlayStation Plus options coming soon that combine Plus and PlayStation Now together.

[Source: Eurogamer]

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