PlayStation Has Confirmed They Aren’t Planning a Series S Competitor
According to President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan, PlayStation isn’t looking to make a less powerful PS5 to compete with the Xbox Series S. Apparently PlayStation has considered their options with a cheaper, less powerful PS5, but based on poor results in the past, Jim Ryan says it’s not happening. While he didn’t confirm which less powerful consoles haven’t yielded great results, Jim Ryan said that launching two equally powerful PS5 consoles will help with future-proofing. Both PS5 units will be released on November 12th at $499 for the thicker unit and $399 for the all-digital console.
“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,” said Jim Ryan. “We’ve considered that option and seen other executives who have attempted this discover how problematic it is. 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 They want to believe they have bought something that is future-proofed and not going to be outdated in two-to-three years.”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,” continued Jim Ryan. While the Xbox Series S is a great way for fans to get on board the next-generation of consoles at a budget price, it looks like PlayStation isn’t looking to making a less powerful PS5 console to make getting into the next generation of PlayStation a little easier for gamers who are hurting for cash. This will help developers make games for both PS5 consoles because both of them are equally capable, one is just missing a disc drive.
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