The Console War is Far From Over
The thing about the console wars is that, to a layman, a lot of the technological advances are kid of meaningless. Graphics look better, but there isn’t much difference between a PS5 and an Xbox Series X to a lot of people. Hell, to a lot of people there isn’t much difference between a late-stage PS4 game and a new PS5 one – just look at the fact that Final Fantasy XVI is getting a graphical upgrade after complaints that the footage shown wasn’t enough of a jump, for one example.
Sony seem to recognize this, and they’ve put effort into upgrading the tech in other ways, such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Xbox, meanwhile, are focusing on the crown jewel in their exclusive features – namely, Xbox Game Pass, a feature which lets gamers play from a library of over 100 games, including all first-party games at launch. The service has over 18,000 subscribers and lets players.
Xbox are reportedly looking into utilizing some of Dualsense’s features in the future, and it looks like Sony are looking into implementing a Game Pass-esque feature of their own, according to God of War creator David Jaffe, who claims to have spoken to numerous Sony executives about their plans to counter the service.
Sony have previously stated that such a service wouldn’t work for the PlayStation, since they often see first-party game’s costing in excess of $100,000,000, but Jaffe’s statement is the latest in a long line of claims that Sony are working on something, with SIE boss Jim Ryan telling Russian news agency TASS “There is actually news to come, but just not today,” in November 2020.
In a new video on his YouTube channel, Jaffe stated: “We had the guy on the show yesterday that had made the petition to fire Jim Ryan and I was like, ‘dude, that’s way premature’ because Jim Ryan doesn’t owe anybody, Sony doesn’t owe anybody, the truth about what’s coming and what their counterpunch to Game Pass is. What I can tell you is I know they are doing some stuff because I know people at Sony who have told me that they are doing some stuff.”