Sony just recently announced they would investing $1 billion more dollars into Epic Games, in order to help them create a metaverse aimed at children. While this is all well and good, I have one major issue with this–this money wasn’t diverted to help with the newly invented PlayStation Plus.
My only question is: Why? This decision doesn’t seem to fair well with recent comments made by PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, who said the company couldn’t afford to give away their exclusives to PlayStation Plus subscribers. That the studios who develop these titles need the revenue from these exclusive releases, because–it appears–Sony doesn’t want to invest in their own studios.
Instead, they are choosing to invest another billion dollars to Epic Games, of which they have already invested $450 million. Why is Sony deciding to do the bare minimum for their consumers? It’s just taking away from what could have been an amazing subscription service for the loyal fans who have stuck by them despite their failings.
I understood the initial reasoning behind Jim Ryan’s excuse, that PlayStation just couldn’t afford to invest that kind of money into a service that they don’t even know is going to work out for them. As Sony simply doesn’t have the same financial resources that Microsoft has, in which gives them a lot for freedom and leeway to take risks.
But this billion dollar deal has put an extremely sour taste in my mouth.
It means Sony has the financial backing to take risks, but they continually chose to go against their consumers and fans. This is something I just don’t understand. We keep you in business. Without the players, there wouldn’t be a PlayStation division to Sony’s company. When the players are not happy, they will play elsewhere–leaving Sony’s console for the sole purpose of playing those exclusives they covet so dearly.
In the end, it’s not my company. However, as a fan, it truly shows me where Sony’s priorities are. While, yes, all gaming companies are trying to make profit, the anti-consumer antics seen from Sony, and Nintendo over the years, are just mind blowing. While I lost my respect for these two companies years ago, I was honestly hoping that Microsoft’s hard push toward consumer fairness would have laid the groundwork for Sony to do something similar.
Unfortunately, I had way to much faith in humanity and was sorely disappointed. Will I move to an Xbox? No, but I likely won’t be paying for a Premium membership of PlayStation Plus either.