Home Gaming News PlayStation Boss Dismisses Xbox Strategy and Low-Spec, Cheaper PS5Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan says the company considered a low spec, budget PS5 variant, but quickly abandoned the idea. Published: September 19, 2020 UTC: 11:15 am PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan considered and dismissed the idea of a lower-spec PS5, similar to the Xbox Series S. | Source: YouTube/PlayStationPlayStation boss says Sony explored the idea of a lower-spec PS5 variant.The gaming giant ultimately abandoned the idea, describing it as too problematic and at odds with a desire for product longevity among players.Pre-orders for the PS5 have already sold out at most retailers worldwide.As PlayStation boss Jim Ryan continues his round of post-PS5 showcase interviews with the gaming press, a new tidbit has emerged about the console’s development, revealing that Sony explored the idea of a reduced spec, budget variant of the PS5.In an interview with Japanese outlet AV Watch (thanks to Video Game Chronicle for the translation), Ryan was asked about his take on Microsoft strategy of pushing out the aggressively-priced, less powerful Xbox Series S console.Sony explored the idea of a reduced spec, budget PS5, but found it too problematic to pursue. | Source: Xbox/MicrosoftRyan diplomatically notes that while he respects Microsoft’s approach and the motivating factors behind it, Sony is confident in the success of its strategy of releasing two variants with equal performance, differentiated only by an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive found in the full-fat PS5 Standard Edition.“The first thing I would like to say is that I respect every competitor’s decision and their philosophies. 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.”The CEO adds that previous attempts at a competitively priced, reduced performance console haven’t gone down well.“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.”The PS5 will launch in two variants with identical performance – Standard Edition and Digital Edition. | Source: PlayStation/Sony Interactive EntertainmentSony considered the option, conducting research that revealed a desire for longevity from a console purchase among owners, but quickly abandoned the idea.“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.”It’s too early to say whether Microsoft’s strategy is a stroke of genius or an expensive lesson not be repeated. As for Sony, sold-out PS5 pre-orders certainly suggest it made the right call.Samburaj Das edited this article for CCN.com. If you see a breach of our Code of Ethics or find a factual, spelling, or grammar error, please contact us. Thomas Bardwell September 18, 2020 Thomas Bardwell September 18, 2020 Joseph Young September 18, 2020 Ryan Aston September 17, 2020 Thomas Bardwell September 17, 2020 Thomas Bardwell September 17, 2020 Thomas Bardwell September 18, 2020 Thomas Bardwell September 18, 2020 Ryan Aston September 17, 2020 Thomas Bardwell September 17, 2020 Thomas Bardwell September 17, 2020 Thomas Bardwell September 17, 2020 © 2020 Copyright: Hawkfish AS. DUNS: 346541137. Employees: 36.Address: Drengsrudhagen 6, 1385, Asker, Norway.North America: 440 Moy Ave, N9A 2N4, Windsor, Canada.Asia: C – 502, Flushing Meadows, Ferns City Road, Doddanekundi, 560037, Bangalore, India.USA: Hurt, 560037, USA. CCN.com, also known as CCN and CCN Markets, is a news site reporting on Markets, Gaming, Sports, Politics, Entertainment, and Global Affairs. CCN.com is owned by the News Media Organization Hawkfish AS. Chief Editor: Samburaj Das. Email: [email protected] U.S. Editor: Aaron Weaver. Email: [email protected] Financial Editor: Sam Bourgi – [email protected] Director and Founder: Jonas Borchgrevink. Email: [email protected] HR and Recruiting: Pamela Meropiali. Email: [email protected] Sales Manager: Pankaj Upadhyay. Email: [email protected] Phone number: +47 98 48 24 99. Publishing Principles.
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