PS5, PS4 Exclusives Will ‘Deteriorate’ if Launched on PS Plus, Says Sony CFO

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Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki has backed comments made by PlayStation boss Jim Ryan that the quality of PS5, PS4 first-party titles will worsen should they be released straight into the company’s revamped PS Plus service on day one. As part of Sony’s latest earnings call, Totoki said Sony may have to reduce its investments in exclusive games if they were available day one on a subscription service. This would then have a knock-on effect on the overall quality of each title.

The quote reads: “AAA titles on PS5, if we distribute that on subscription services we may need to shrink the investment needed for that and that will deteriorate the first-party title quality and that is our concern.” Instead, Totoki says Sony wants to lend its projects the correct development budgets to ensure they reach the company’s standards.

These comments support those of Jim Ryan, who explained the company’s strategy in an interview when the new PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium tiers were revealed in March. “We feel if we were to do that with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios […] 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,” he said.

We’re now just a few weeks away from the PS Plus glow up actually releasing to consumers — at least in select Asian territories — and we’re still none the wiser as to what the vast majority of the catalogue looks like. We know PS Plus Extra will come packaged with up to 400 PS5, PS4 games but just six of them have been disclosed so far: Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal.

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As for PS Plus Premium, the most expensive tier then bolts another 340 PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP titles on top. None of them have been announced at the time of writing, but a load of Syphon Filter games could be part of the lineup. From Sony’s point of view, however, the firm is adamant none of the games included in the service will be day and date PS5, PS4 exclusives.