To better understand Sony’s take on PlayStation exclusives and why they don’t come out on day one on PlayStation Plus, Shuhei Yoshidahead of the PlayStation Indies division, compared them to filmsexplaining that they come out first in theaters and then on TV, on subscription services.
In the same interview in which he informed that Sony’s priority is the full price game releaseYoshida drew a parallel with the world of cinema, which incidentally is particularly close to Sony’s organization, as much of the entertainment section focuses on producing cinematic content.
In this way, he explained how Sony views its subscription services and, in particular, the new three-tier PlayStation Plus: “As for PlayStation Plus Extra, our approach is to help manage the lifecycle of games for publishers, first PlayStation games, so I know they are treated like movies,” explained Yoshida. “A movie first comes out in theaters, then it moves to pay-per-view, or subscription services, or finally even free TV. Each time it generates new revenue and reaches a wider audience.”
In short, it is an analogy that explains how Sony intends to treat first party games, and probably the triple A of a certain caliber in general, with their subscription service, confirming that they will hardly make it to day one on PlayStation Plus. This is the opposite of Microsoft with Xbox Game Pass which puts releases directly on their service.