Amid all the news surrounding Sony's upcoming changes to PlayStation Plus is a snippet that's flying under the radar. According to PlayStation's CEO Jim Ryan, the platform holder's first-party exclusives won't be joining PS Plus day-and-date with the regular launch.
This is of course a big point of difference between what PS Plus is set to become and what Microsoft is doing with Game Pass. Titles from Xbox Game Studios launch on Game Pass immediately alongside regular retail, whereas PlayStation Studios software won't be hitting PS Plus in that same way. For example, if you want to play God of War Ragnarok, you'll still need to pay for the standalone game as usual — it won't be part of your subscription, at least not straight away.
Ryan says that adding its own games to PS Plus at launch "doesn't make any sense" as of now. He suggests that doing so could have a detrimental effect on the quality of its first party output: "The level of investment that we need to make in our studios would not be possible, and we think the knock-on effect on the quality of the games that we make would not be something that gamers want."
It's not much of a surprise that PlayStation exclusives are sticking to the model we all know, given how well Sony's games sell. However, this isn't to suggest Sony's titles will never join PS Plus — in fact, several of them will make up part of the library if you subscribe to PS Plus Extra or above. Returnal, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Death Stranding, God of War, and more are confirmed to become part of your collection for Extra or Premium subscribers. It seems that Sony-published games will come to PS Plus eventually, we're just not sure how far removed it'll be from the regular launch.
Anyway, what do you think of this? Would you prefer to have PlayStation exclusives on PS Plus day one, or are you okay with Sony carrying on as normal? Discuss in the comments section below.