PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan Says They Will Continue To Make Great Games For The PS4

It's pretty understandable because Sony simply cannot pass out on the 100 million playerbase. However, at the same time, this new statement to Edge Magzine is pretty confusing; last time he told, that releasing upcoming PS5 games on PS4 wasn't exactly what they wanted.

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waverider47d ago

With more then 115 million. They will keep making games. At least more a year.

poleerollee46d ago

oh Jim you say one thing and do the opposite .....

Jin_Sakai46d ago

He said they believe in generations. They give us a next gen console, next gen controller, next gen UI, and upcoming next gen games such as Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart.

VenomUK46d ago (Edited 46d ago )

Sony wants PlayStation 5 to be a success.One of the best things it can do to ensure this is to encourage its 110 million+ PS4 userbase to migrate. This doesn’t happen immediately. But by supporting them with games and keeping them in the PlayStation ecosystem when it’s time for them to buy a new-gen console they will be inclined to choose the console they have a history with.

If you look back at Sony’s history with making consoles it NEVER has killed production on a console because it’s released a new model. When it comes to game support after it released PS3 in 2005 it released its biggest game God of War II in 2006 for PS2. Despite the early difficult years of the PS3 its moves like this that brought a lot of the PS2 userbase to PS3.

bouzebbal46d ago

Well, with the PS5 stock available, I hope this is true.. Also for those who just invested in a ps4

RazzerRedux47d ago (Edited 47d ago )

Ryan has been all over the place this year with his comments. He seems to lack a coherent vision of where they are going.

Thankfully he is constantly being bailed out by the great games. I'm just fine with that. Just let the studios make the games and stay out of their way, I guess. Seems like a lot to pay a CEO to do though.

phoenixwing46d ago

Ryan needs to get focused and not contradict himself so much. Otherwise everything is gravy so far for sony

AngelicIceDiamond46d ago

I think the most amazing part about Sony, is they have shake ups with in the company all the time. But yet have not once lost focused on delivering AAA quality exclusives no matter who is in charge. Sure this is the first time in a while that Sony has had some questionable PR but they always deliver, so it's easy to over look what he says.

CrimsonWing6946d ago

I honestly can’t stand the guy.

Same dude who said rumble in controllers is something nobody wants and he didn’t understand the appeal of backwards compatibility because old games are ugly.

This is not the guy I want to have in charge of things. I get that you have to make your business a profit, but you can also do it in a way where you listen to what fans want. I’m also not a fan of making cross-gen titles but I guess in an era of Remasters it’s to be expected.

AngelicIceDiamond46d ago

Yeah but he gets the job done regardless. Delivering on AAA gaming, that's just the truth and facts.

Knushwood Butt46d ago

Thankfully Herman Hulst (sp?) is driving the games.

Imalwaysright46d ago

His comments about BC are the reason why I decided that this guy is the worst playstation executive I have ever witnessed.

The Wood46d ago (Edited 46d ago )

These guys are better when they keep their mouths shut more which is an oxymoron but its better. The amount of times this guy and Spencer have talked shit makes me think they're trying to win some foot in mouth contest

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Bathyj46d ago

People need to calm down with this if a game is in Ps4 it will be held back mentality. If god of war comes out and it's on PS4 so be it. There's nothing going on in that game that can't be done on PS4 because we've already seen it done. PS4 will simply look way better and run smoother.

Ratchet and Clank on the other hand is different. It has game mechanics that simply could not be done without compromises or wizardry and that's why it's PS5 only.

When the day comes that games are designed around the PS4 solely and can't be done on PS4 I will be happy but we are not there yet.


“If god of war comes out and it's on PS4 so be it.“

That’s not the issue. The issue is the purposeful lack of transparency from Sony as to which titles are cross-gen and which titles aren’t. Why weren’t we told that Miles Morales was a cross-gen title the day it was announced?

Bathyj46d ago

Because you don't have a seat on the board.

And because who cares? When Devs are making games that good I hope they make all the money they can because it means they get a lots leash in their next game.

Do you think Miles was held back?

That's all that matters. Not all the things we carry on about. The quality and frequency of the games. That's all that matters.

Extermin8or3_46d ago

LOGICWINS because looking at other comments Ryan made I think the decision to make a ps4 port with downgraded graphics was made late in development. His remarks about ps4 sales and engagement during the covid lockdowns making them realise they needed to better support last gen as next gen launched were interesting. That said Sony say things like this EVERY generation about now. Usually they just mean they will continue to publish indie games on last gen and that 3rd party support and cross gen games will be coming for awhile yet and Sony will still be doing firmware patches etc. Hell ps3 just got a new firmware update apparently. 13 years it's been out for now.....

I_am_Batman46d ago

There was nothing going on in Ratchet & Clank that the PS4 couldn't handle before Rift Apart was specifically made to take advantage of the PS5's capabilities.

If you can't see the potential the PS5 would unlock in God of War I don't know what to tell you. Cory Barlog specifically mentioned that they had some cool ideas with realm switching that they couldn't realize because of the HDD limitations of the PS4.

Watch this (starts at 50:48):

This kind of stuff was the whole point of designing the PS5 I/O system that way. Fundamental game design like this isn't easily scalable to a console that streams data 100 times slower.

thornintheside46d ago

"And because who cares?"

ah yes, the argument that has never persuaded anyone

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porkChop46d ago

I think it would be a good idea to have someone else handle PR at this point. Herman Hulst, for example. He's brilliant.

OB1Biker46d ago (Edited 46d ago )

He doesn't say much but it's blown out of proportion. Spencer contradicts himself ALL THE TIME and speaks all the time but journalists let it be as if he is making sense.

potatoseal46d ago

WAIT. You're saying negative things about Sony's TOP DOG ??

I was lead to believe that this would lead to a waterfall of DOWNVOTES because it was N4G, and everyone knows N4G is the only Pro Sony place on the internet.


RazzerRedux46d ago

Funny how this works, isn't it?

Darkborn46d ago

He says some stuff and then changes his stance a lot, but so does Phil Spencer. At least Sony delivers games at the end of the day though.

crazyCoconuts46d ago

I agree. He's been cryptic about VR too, which isn't great.

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Kaii47d ago

Games being limited by 2012 hardware (from conception) is what's troubling, But this will be the case every generation so I'll suck that up.

Fix the Ui for trophies, doing barrel rolls from game to trophy interface is a tad much.

isarai46d ago

as long as there's a good balance of games made specifically for the PS5 with those cross gen titles, i don't really mind. pretty sure by year 2 or 3 focus will be 100% PS5

P_Bomb46d ago

Normally I’d say time for a price cut, but PS4 profits are probably subsidizing some of the PS5’s selling-at-a-loss costs.

AngelicIceDiamond46d ago

you’re going to see more and more emphasis on PS5 development and the PS5 SKU will be the lead SKU.”

That's kinda interesting. He can't dictate 3rd when it comes to what console they want to develop for unless he has some exclusive deal with any of them. 1st party wise he can definitely dictate which platforms he wants them on. 2nd party as well such as Demon Souls.

"PS5 SKU will be the lead SKU" I'm guessing games will be built for PS5 then then scaled down to PS4? That can't be it because GT7 and Ratchet are only on PS5.

It could be a case by case bases depending on the franchise.

Tetsdah46d ago

Ryan's messaging is odd and they may needa new person for PR, because he often contradicts himself.

Thankfully ps5 is delivering and its future is very bright. But he might have to shut it for while. I gave similar advice for Spencer.

Sunny_D46d ago

I think he means there will be a mix of cross gen games and actual PS5 exclusive games through the years. Eventually they will go full PS5 once the install base is there.

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