The new PlayStation Plus will not add exclusive first-party offers at launch

Sony’s forthcoming overhaul of the PlayStation Plus subscription service might sound a bit like Xbox Game Pass, but there’s one key difference: first-party exclusive games aren’t added to PlayStation Plus on the day of their release (at least not yet).

Speaking to, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said: “[In terms of] Adding our own games or one of our services to this service once they’re released…as you know, that’s not a route we’ve taken in the past. And that’s not a path we’re going to go with this new service. We think doing that with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios will break that virtuous circle. The level of investment we need to make into our studios would not be possible and we believe that impacting the quality of the games we make is not something gamers want.”

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So it’s pretty clear: God of War Ragnarök will not be available on PlayStation Plus on day one. Nor should we expect brand new games from the likes of Naughty Dog, Insomniac, or Guerrilla to appear on the service the day they release.

At least not yet. Ryan said: “I don’t want anything set in stone at this point. All I’m talking about today is the approach we’re taking in the short term. The way our release model currently works, it doesn’t make sense. But as we all know, things can change very quickly in this industry.”

While it’s a distinct difference from Game Pass, Ryan’s reasoning is understandable given Sony’s first-party outings currently tend to be standalone single-player games with few microtransactions (which remain a way to make money). a service like Game Pass). However, with the company aiming to create “more than 10” live service games by 2026, it’s possible we’ll change that stance.

Sony just announced the new version of PlayStation Plus today, which will offer three different subscription levels. The base is the same service we have today, but higher tiers offer hundreds of PS4 and PS5 games, as well as access to retro games from previous PlayStation generations via downloads and streaming.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. The new PlayStation Plus will not add exclusive first-party offers at launch

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