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They will respond as soon as they have something to compete with.



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Does Game[ass actually make money? I mean they can boast about numbers but I mean neflix has the most subscriptions but leaks more cash than a sieve.



I don't think Sony feel pressured, their revenue stream is quite a bit different from MS so I think they will observe, playing a wait and see approach and comfortably be behind in this respect.



I think next gen will change subscriptions for both. I can see Sony merging PS+ and PSNow.

I prefer PSNow in terms of how it works as it's once service that can do both, stream and download and it definitely has a better variety of games.

I dont want Sony to go down the cheap route as MS have. If they do we will see the quality of games drop as I don't think it's financially viable to release your blockbusters day one.

If they have tiers where you can have neither, PS+ and PS+Premium where you get both, that would be amazing. I'll happily pay £70 a year to have both.



Sony really needs to make PS Now be a Game Pass copycat. People are blowing off Game Pass,as gimmicky with.limitrd audience and I admit I did too until recently.

I got the one month for $1 offer in March and now I'm hooked. think it's a great idea because I can play with my console and continue on my PC if the wife wants to watch TV.

I can see Game Pass be a bit like Netflix. Ignored at the beginning by the rental lord Blockbuster and then become the throne holder when it comes to subscription service for console games.



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kazuyamishima said:
The real question is:

Why Sony has to respond to Gamepass??

Because it's gaining traction. Consumer that try it, for most of the cases anyway, really enjoy its value for money and the access to games that they were likely to pass. Developers are starting to see value on it as their games reach a broader audience and helping build brand recognition, and in the world of Games as a Service it also brings players to play online and spend on microtransactions.

Games As a Service are not a fad. We can track it from the early MMOs to Fortnite to Gamepass. If Sony don't react accordingly they might be in an catch up situation sooner than they think.  



A lot of people are suggesting that Sony deals with Gamepass the way Blockbuster dealt with Netflix.



Soonerman said:
Sony really needs to make PS Now be a Game Pass copycat. People are blowing off Game Pass,as gimmicky with.limitrd audience and I admit I did too until recently.

I got the one month for $1 offer in March and now I'm hooked. think it's a great idea because I can play with my console and continue on my PC if the wife wants to watch TV.

I can see Game Pass be a bit like Netflix. Ignored at the beginning by the rental lord Blockbuster and then become the throne holder when it comes to subscription service for console games.

This is what I think also. And I would add to the equation availability and value for emergent markets. Game Pass gives Microsoft a ridiculous advantage in low and mid income countries with its value proposition, and even among lower income people within developed nations. With the Covid 19 crisis it also turns into a even more meaningful advantage.

Not to say I expect ps5 to fail or anything like that, far from it actually. But Sony has to respond now while they are still far ahead. 



invetedlotus123 said:
kazuyamishima said:
The real question is:

Why Sony has to respond to Gamepass??

Because it's gaining traction. Consumer that try it, for most of the cases anyway, really enjoy its value for money and the access to games that they were likely to pass. Developers are starting to see value on it as their games reach a broader audience and helping build brand recognition, and in the world of Games as a Service it also brings players to play online and spend on microtransactions.

Games As a Service are not a fad. We can track it from the early MMOs to Fortnite to Gamepass. If Sony don't react accordingly they might be in an catch up situation sooner than they think.  

Which developers are seeing an increase in brand recognition?

You highlight online play and MTX. What percentage of Sony developed games place an emphasis on either?

On that note, Sony are already on-board. Just because they aren't going full-force behind on it doesn't mean they aren't reacting. The last year has seen some heavy hitter 3rd party titles on the service. They have started offering some of their bigger titles as we (albeit in a timed capacity). If the market moves towards this subscription model, Sony can easily pivot towards it.

You just aren't seeing the same play as MS because Sony don't need to. Like Nintendo, their more traditional model is bringing them large amounts of success. They aren't just going to abandon that when the market still clearly exists for their approach. I think we need to understand that going all in on this subscription model is a no turning back move (at least a difficult one).  

But, I'm sure you'll continue to see Sony making moves in the PSNow realm. 



Well the question should be reversed (how Microsoft will respond to Sony's PS Now), and Microsoft already responded by making the game pass games available through the cloud without downloading them, like PS Now.

And since PS Now allows to play online without a PS Plus subscription, I guess Microsoft will do the same and removing Live Gold requirement for those who have Game Pass.



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