Jim Ryan: PS5 on track for a global launch, but don't expect compatibility with the PS4
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There are only a few days to wait until Sony offers a first look at some of the games with which the PS5 will launch this holiday season. Ahead of that event on June 4, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan has offered his thoughts on launching the PS5 this year.
Speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, Ryan confirmed that the PS5 remains on track to launch globally this holiday season. According to Ryan, Sony sees the PS5 as something of a complete break from the PS4. When asked about keeping PS4 users engaged following the release of the PS5, he said:
...We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include.
By benefits of the PS5, Ryan subsequently explained that this includes the console's DualSense controller, 3D audio and "the multiple ways that the SSD can be used". For PS4 users, this means that you must purchase a PS5 to enjoy next-generation games. Expanding upon this, he added:
...it is time to give the PlayStation community something new...that can really only be enjoyed on PS5.
Ryan also addressed the proposition of selling an expensive device in 2020. According to Ryan, the gaming industry has historically benefitted in "economically difficult times", so there should be no reason why the PS5 will not sell well this year and beyond. However, he did admit that the historical models to which he was referring may not apply this time around.
Nonetheless, Sony hopes that the PS5 can overcome the hurdle of a recession by "providing the best possible value proposition that we can". According to Ryan, this notion is based on more than just the price of the console. Instead, the value proposition that the PS5 will offer centres on the breadth, depth, quality, price and volume of games that are available for the PS5.
You can read Ryan's full interview with Gamesindustry.biz via the link below.