An interesting comparison made by a user on ResetEra highlights the differences between PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass , referring in particular to the catalog of games present considering their freshness in terms of release date and evaluation on Metacritic.
It emerges, in principle, a fairly evident superiority of the Xbox Game Pass catalog compared to the Sony service, something rather predictable but which is made clearer by the precise data reported by the report in question, starting from an actual analysis of the two catalogs.
Both services have very close catalogs in terms of the quantity of games: according to the data reported there are 394 games on PlayStation Now and 389 games on Xbox Game Pass, moreover direct comparisons were made exclusively on games starting from the PS4 and Xbox generation. One, therefore without understanding the classics streaming on PS Now and the backwards compatibility titles on Xbox Game Pass, nor the PC ones.
As reported in the two graphs visible on this page, PlayStation Now has a catalog that tends more to offer older games , with a notable concentration for titles released around 2016, while Xbox Game Pass has most of the games in the catalog coming from the 2020 and 2021.
As for the ratings on Metacritic, it is clear that the titles on Xbox Game Pass have on average a higher rating than those on PlayStation Now: the Sony service appears to have more games rated in the various ranges 20-29, 30-39, 40 -49, 50-59 and 60-69, but starting from the Metascore 70-79 rating range we see the trend reversal, with Xbox Game Pass containing many more 80-89 rated games than PlayStation Now (148 titles versus 68), as well as having more in the range 90-99 (16 versus 9) and 70-79 (144 versus 125).
Considering the reorganization planned by Sony for June 2022, with the three-tier PlayStation Plus announced in recent weeks and set to merge the services together, we can probably expect a greater effort from the Japanese company to propose newer and higher quality titles. in its renewed service, so it will be interesting to see how the scenario can change, eventually.