As of now, Xbox Game Pass doesn’t really have any competition on other systems. PlayStation Now’s streaming service has no same-day launch offering for Sony’s games or nowhere near the same selection. However, according to the original God of War director, that could be changing in some way. It isn’t clear what form it will take exactly.
In a YouTube stream on April 8th spotted by VGC, God of War and Twisted Metal developer David Jaffe said staff at Sony let him know about a “counterpunch” to Xbox Game Pass. He did admit that he doesn’t know what it would take to accomplish this, nor does it sound like he knows when there will be an announcement.
Jaffe hasn’t worked at Sony since 2007, though he did continue to work with PlayStation exclusively in the years afterwards. His most-recent game was Drawn to Death, which he also directed, at The Bartlet Jone Supernatural Detective Agency. It was free for PlayStation Plus at launch back in April 2017.
This is not the first time Sony (or someone with information) has teased a PlayStation service that would challenge Game Pass. Back in November, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said there was “news to come” in regards to plans for a competitive service with Game Pass.
Building something resembling Game Pass will be difficult, maybe even impossible, as stated by Jim Ryan in the past. He said a Game Pass model would not be “sustainable,” adding it could cost over $100 million to create.