Jim Ryan insists it’s hard to launch a new console in a year like this 2020 so he wouldn’t repeat the experience.
Despite the arrival of PS5, from Sony, and notably Sony IE CEO Jim Ryan, have recently maintained that there are still a few years of useful life for PS4. That’s about the time Ryan himself thinks it will take us to see titles that would be unimaginable in the Japanese company’s fourth generation, as he stated in an interview.
“History says it’s in the second or third year that developers really take things a step further,” says Ryan. “These usually take some time to get used to, but it’s probably 2022 when we see great things, just like it was in 2015 or 2016 for the last generation when the games that defined it started rolling out.”
Ryan gives numbers to show the importance of a PS4 that he believes has a lot to tell. “The first sale, from launch through Christmas, will be about three-quarters from players who already own a PS4, and the remaining 25% will come from another console,” he explains. So most PS5 buyers already own a PS4. There are about 114 million PS4s in the world, and the number of players that change generations at the beginning is not that great. “
A complicated and unconventional launch
As usual, Ryan is also asked about the fact that in a year like this 2020 he has launched a new console, punctuated by many inconveniences. “My two main feelings are joy because everything seems to have gone well, and relief at having had such a difficult year,” said Ryan. “Of all the things I’ve learned this year, one is that I would never plan a major console launch in the midst of a global pandemic, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.”
PS5 went on sale in our country and the rest of Europe on Thursday the 19th, counting since launch with games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls or Sackboy: an adventure in a big way.