Jim Ryan claims Sony considered a lower spec PS5, but decided it would be too 'problematic'
PlayStation considered a lower-spec PS5 console similar to Xbox’s Series S, but feared it would quickly become obsolete, CEO Jim Ryan has said.
Speaking to Japanese site AV Watch (translated by VGC), the exec said that based on Sony’s research, “low priced, reduced spec” consoles had “not had great results in the past.”
“The first thing I would like to say is that I respect every competitor’s decision and their philosophies,” Ryan said.
“Clearly, price is a very important factor. We respect other companies’ competitive strategies. However, we are fully committed to and believe in our current strategy and the effect it will have.
“One thing that can be said is that if you look at the history of the game business, creating a special low priced, reduced spec console is something that has not had great results in the past. We’ve considered that option and seen other executives who have attempted this discover how problematic it is.”
He added: “Based on our research, it’s clear that people who buy a game console want to continue using it for four, five, six or even seven years. They want to believe they have bought something that is future-proofed and not going to be outdated in two-to-three years.
“They want to have faith that if they end up buying a new TV that their current console will be able to support that new 4K TV they are considering on buying.”