PlayStation boss Jim Ryan says that the future for PS5 is bright. So much so that as it stands right now, Sony is set up to have the biggest and most exclusive generation in PlayStation history.
Speaking to Nikkei, Jim Ryan discussed a range of topics regarding the current PlayStation business in particular the PS5 and the future for the hardware. One big topic of discussion was the lack of console stock worldwide. Ryan says that this is still an ongoing issue due to the semiconductor shortages worldwide. This was brought on due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic that affected the production of the technology. However, Jim Rayn says that Sony has asked suppliers to increase production and stock shortages should loosen by the end of 2021.
Of course, the elephant in the room is the current game service being offered by Microsoft called Xbox Game Pass. For a minimal fee, gamers get access to hundreds of games on their Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC. Jim Ryan was asked about the competition in the market and how Sony is tackling this ever-growing service. The answer: working on more exclusives for the platform than ever before.
“We have been quietly, but steadily investing in high-quality games for PlayStation. And we will make sure the PlayStation 5 generation has more exclusive software than ever before. We have engaged in mergers and acquisitions several times in the past, such as with Insomniac Games. We will not rule out that option in the future.”
Jim Ryan is also confident that the PS5 might be the longest console generation to date. He claims that the PlayStation 5 will have a longer life cycle due to its health post-launch. This was determined by looking at the peak sales for other hardware in comparison to the PS5.
Lastly, Sony is working on some sort of cloud gaming partnership with Microsoft. Ryan explains that there are ongoing talks with the company and some “extremely interesting stuff” is being worked on. Sony does have a cloud strategy in place but the announcement won’t arrive until it is ready to be rolled out. However, Ryan says that the cloud game experience that Sony will offer will be unique to the PlayStation brand.
It has only been a couple of months since the PS5 released on the market and so far Sony is holding true to that whole “exclusives” promise. We have had Astro’s Playroom, Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man, Soulstorm and soon Returnal which is pretty fantastic, by the way. We can only hope Sony keeps up with the momentum.