With the exception of Nintendo, there’s no question Sony is gaming’s market leader – but its position is not going unopposed. Microsoft recently spent almost $70 billion on Activision Blizzard in order to bolster its competitive situation, while the likes of Amazon and even Apple are eyeing the space with cautious interest. The Japanese giant can’t rest on its laurels, then, and it looks like it’s going to face stiff competition from an unlikely contender in Netflix moving forwards.
Those of you who subscribe to the streaming service will know that members can already download a selection of mobile titles, and according to the Wall Street Journal, this catalogue is set to get even stronger moving forwards. The company is working on big-budget adaptations of some of its hit shows, like Squid Game and Wednesday. In fact, you may recall that Santa Monica Studio’s art director was fairly recently headhunted by the firm.
But it’s not going to end there: according to the aforementioned outlet, Netflix has been in conversation with Take-Two to secure access to the impressively popular Grand Theft Auto franchise. It’s unclear whether it’s looking to line up a new title, or if it simply wants to make previous releases – like, for example, San Andreas – available to its subscribers. Either way, if it could get any of the Rockstar titles onto its platform, it’d be seen as an incredible coup.
Of course, the rival’s biggest bottleneck right now is that it’s not a traditional console, but it’s already exploring streaming technology to help deliver high-end games to those without the requisite hardware. The organisation may have difficulty converting console players, however, as right now its titles use smartphones as an input method. Still, Sony will be keeping a close eye on developments – after all, anything that pulls players away from PlayStation is a problem.