“We want to give gamers clarity, we want to convince them,” Ryan said. “We want to give them proof of their future so that they know that the console they bought will be relevant for many years to come.” It’s an important capital, and we want to make sure people know they’re buying the right next-generation console. “
This is in stark contrast to the Xbox series of consoles, S and X, offering more indicative differences (4K vs. 1440P resolution is an example) with even more significant differences of 9,299 and 9,499, respectively. While the Xbox Series S will be the cheapest of the next generation of games, Microsoft To catch some heat for a confusing branding strategy.
Ryan also claims that the price of the PlayStation 5 machines was set “earlier this year”, and that Sony always intended to offer a version of the PlayStation 5 at the same price point as the 2013 PlayStation 4. . Coronavirus epidemics, however, and new issues arose about the distribution. With the cancellation of the E3 event in June, the entire industry went to reconsider its plans.
Meanwhile, Ryan said that Sony has PlayStation 4 units ready for sale, up from PlayStation 4 units in 2013. About 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units sold two weeks after its 2013 launch, one million on the first day alone.
“For a long time, in the early part of Covid, the picture was not clear,” Ryan said. “As supply was unclear, will there be a market? Will anyone be allowed out? Will there be any shops? It’s been a year like no other. But it all strengthened our resolve, and the path we set at the beginning of the year was exactly right. ”
Ryan said he’s heard a lot of talk about the PlayStation’s older approach to the gaming business, betting on its first-party developer studio suite to provide unique titles based on the generation.
“We are not saying that, but it is our approach. We like it, ”Ryan said. “We want to pay more attention.”
No one can argue against the success of that approach. PlayStation 4, with max 112 million console sales For more than seven years, it has been a great year, with titles such as “The Second Part of Us”, “Ghost of Sushima” and “Final Fantasy VII: Remake”. Three of the top five places For the best-selling titles in 2020 so far.
“We’re quietly but very committed to investing in those studios,” Ryan said. “We now have to humbly submit four or five of the best studios in the world.”
Although not mentioned in Sony’s official announcement, some game developers later confirmed that PS5 separations such as “Horizon: Forbidden West” and “Spider-Man: Miles Morals” are not at all. They are both releasing PS4 versions, which may upset some Sony fans who took to heart Sony’s commitment to the “next common” development. The belief is that the development of games from generation to generation suppresses creativity, and hinders the technical aspirations of the game, as it has to cater to audiences with less powerful machines.
“No one should be disappointed,” Ryan said. “The PS5 versions of those games are built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 feature set, and we have an upgrade path for PS4 users to get the PS5 versions for free. It’s about people who like it. I’m really happy with the situation. ”
Ryan also said that of the thousands of games tested for PS4 backwards compatibility, “99 percent” could be played on the next console. Sony has also announced a new service called PS Plus Collection, which will offer 18 PS4 first-party titles for PlayStation online online service customers to download. This is a great freebie for those who play their PlayStation plays online, and new in Sony features is a great entry point for us like “The Last by Us.”
Ryan said he expects the PlayStation 4 to have a life expectancy of up to four years, which makes sense considering the large console base. The PlayStation 2 was about 13 years old, and developers continued to support it for many years after the PlayStation 3 came close to its mid-life.
Ryan said, “The PS4 community will be incredibly important to us for three or four years. “A lot will change to the PS5, we hope if we do our job well, but millions of people will still be connected to the PS4.”
Sony has also expressed interest in porting games to PC, as we saw earlier this year with the release of “Death Strending” and “Horizon: Zero Dawn”. Sony has been Pushes its brands and characters towards movies and TV shows, An “unwanted” Tom Holland vehicle and “the last of us” in HBO work.
“While the vision is that while we respect the PlayStation’s prominence as a principle of relaxation for the great gaming intellectual property we have, we think it’s time to explore expanding IP,” Ryan said. ” “We think that these two steps are the right thing to do. We need to make that IP a little tougher as a tool to absorb PlayStation less community nitty-gritty. “