Departing PlayStation Chief Jim Ryan Reveals the Biggest Challenges of His 30-Year Career

The departing Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO shares his favorite PlayStation games, proudest achievement and future plans.

Jin_Sakai96d ago (Edited 96d ago )

I’d say the hardest challenge was trying to push live service games on all the first party developers and have it fail miserably. All you need was Helldivers 2 all along. Acquiring Arrowhead Game Studios would have been a much better investment than spending $3.5 billion on Bungie.

solideagle96d ago

this generation is very underwhelming. This is the only time I bought a console at launch, usually, I wait 2-3 years. It's all about Remakes and Remasters. For me

PS2 > PS3 > PS1 > PS4 > PS5

Harkins172196d ago

I never got to play older games so remakes and remasters are good for me personally.

FinalFantasyFanatic96d ago

I don't mind remakes and remasters, but some of them have been horribly unneeded or underwhelming, especially The Last of Us remakes and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, as well as a lack of variety in new games. This is the first gen where I have not purchased a Playstation console/handheld, I've even purchased the PSP/Vita.

For me, it's PS1 > PS2 > PS4 > PS3 > PS5.

DarXyde96d ago (Edited 96d ago )

For Jimbo, the sense I get is that his biggest challenge was getting up to do a press conference when he's a guy that looks like he suffers from daily hangovers.

I don't think he's done any press conferences during his tenure, so we know he's lost that battle.

CrimsonWing6996d ago

Well, with the success of Helldivers 2 they now will hella push the GaaS initiative. So, I guess Jimbo was right all along then…

solideagle96d ago

not sure if HellDivers2 is making money off of some microtransactions? does it have micros?

CrimsonWing6996d ago (Edited 96d ago )


I'm not sure what GaaS game doesn't have in app purchases... I mean, that's kind of the point of the model is to make recurring revenue throughout its life-time, but searching the add-ons for the game I see the following:

- HELLDIVERS 2: 1000 Super Credits for 9.99
- HELLDIVERS 2: 150 Super Credits for 1.99
- HELLDIVERS 2: 2100 Super Credits for 19.99
- HELLDIVERS 2: 375 Super Credits for 4.99

So, yea... I'm assuming they're making money off the micro-transactions. It's GaaS and its successful, so here's to a GaaSsy future!

FinalFantasyFanatic96d ago

I feel like Helldivers 2 was one of the least predatory GaaS games i've seen in a while, at least it's not going to fail like the majority of GaaS games have lately.

phoenixwing96d ago (Edited 96d ago )

He did OK. But made one blunder. He focused too much on making studios do live service games.

The_Hooligan96d ago

I miss Jack Tretton. I remember his 2013 E3 conference when he talked about PS4 being able to play used copies and the audience went crazy lol. I personally think he was the most likable Sony executive in past 10-15 years, outside of Shuhei of course.

RhinoGamer8896d ago

Ryan said "Convincing customers the PS5 could play 4K at 60fps, when we knew it rarely would, was stellar team Playstation effort."


Boosteroid Plans On Adding More AAAA Titles Exclusively To The Service

The VP of Marketing at Boosteroid revealed that the company is in talks with major publishers to secure exclusive games on the service.

Relientk771d 8h ago

So they're adding Skull and Bones to their service? That doesn't seem exciting at all lol.


Neil Druckmann clarifies true intent of new Naughty Dog game comments

Following a recent interview with Sony, Naughty Dog head Neil Druckmann claims the original intent was “unfortunately lost” in the process.

just_looken2d ago

He can take dog shit put it in a oven with seasoning then call it waistland cookies the sony fans will pay $40 a cookie give them a medal of cooking.

No mater what trash this sobs puts out/talks about it will sell.

The true fact in the 8 years sense uncharted 4 his first time in the main seat to a point all this "amazing" team did was get 2 dudes to fuck in a van then destroy a franchise they never created.

But being a port studio they are decent at they should keep in there lane at being just that a glorified port studio.

fr0sty2d ago

Salty Bots... gotta love it.

just_looken2d ago


Over what? naught dog under his command is a glorified port team tlou2 was mostly tlou 1 asset's with the same game play loop but forced a trans down your throat.

I would gladly help pay for this blight and his team to get removed from gaming in general.

fr0sty2d ago

Seeing a LGBT person exist in a work of fiction isn't "forcing them down your throat". Nobody is forcing you to play it. Nobody is forcing you to agree with it. If you think that just seeing a LGBT person exist is "force", it sounds like they make you very uncomfortable, and maybe you need to be doing some serious reflecting on exactly why... looks to me like you're suppressing something with all that fear.

just_looken2d ago


When i think of the last of us i think of a group of survivors crossing the apocalypse wasteland with a growing bond between 2 people that end up with Joel making ellie his new daughter.

Then you fire up the 2nd one bang joel is dead oh that comic series? bang dead

Oh you want to continue all that we grew in the first one? na f that toss it in the trash

Now here is a trans woman so strong superboy would blush go out there kill all what made tlou1 then halfway get a forced sex scene that you can not skip between 2 dudes.

The gameplay? just like the first game the combat/backpack system crafting sytem? 0 changes/improvements.

I could go on but lets face it they copy pasted that tlou 1 assets bin a shit ton of times.

There is nothing on the box or the ads or anything before the game that said you would going to spend most of the game controlling a new trans character that has no ties to anything of the first game the only existence was to kill what the first game made.

Oh but hey there is a mp mode coming out before 2022 wait what is that? oh we made it its own game then cancelled it now go but the game again as we port it a few times.


mkis0072d ago (Edited 2d ago )

What has Straley or Henig released since they left ND? Not a thing! stop scapegoating! Which of them is credited with co-writing a majorly successful show?

just_looken2d ago


You bring up Bruce Straley really? someone that gave us 4 generations of amazing games and was there in the creation of 4 legendary franchises but was tossed in the trash for the pos niel druckmann not 7? years ago

So yeah in those 7? years you right all he has done is get 2 awards one is a game award for a puzzle game he made oh boy right like for fuck sake's all niel has done is one game that was a overhyped fan boy orgasm underneath all that ps jizz was just a typical 5/10 game.

Then you drag Amy Hennig that poor woman was also kicked out then became this century's Brendan Fraser with her sexual misconduct information coming out.

We all know how horrible people are treated behind the scenes she might have been sexual attacked groped or something.

So yeah all she did after was battlefield hardline forspoken now that new marvel 1945 game but hey Brendan Fraser was a great actor till he also said he was sexually attacked just now he is allowed back in no doubt she also had to take a leave of absence out and or was forced out on ice.

Man there are way to many out there that look at niel at the new gaming jesus when all he had done is some work on uncharted 4 then tlou2

Oh also the tvhshow? for real all they did was use stuff from the 2013 game its like saying GOT was a 10/10 but never watching past season 3

-Foxtrot2d ago


That's highly unfair to them both

Amy Hennig got messed around working on projects that got cancelled by the publishers (EA) and then ended up on a awful game (Forspoken) where you had 4 other writers working on it which is just a recipe for disaster. She is now working on Marvel 1943: Rise of Hydra. Not her fault she was pushed out of NaughtyDog, something both Nolan North and Richard McGonagle have both said in interviews.

Bruce Straley left after burn out, the rest of the story we don't know and will never know just like what happened with Amy Hennig. He decided to take a break and wasn't sure if he wanted to come back to gaming however he had an idea he wanted to make so he founded Wildflower Interactive, a smaller studio where they are currently working on a new game.

Tacoboto2d ago

@the obvious stain of a commenter

The trans character wasn't Abby. Try playing Part 2 instead of gatekeeping what you think Part 1 was about and meant.

Maybe try watching the show while you're at it, because you're terribly off with your opinion on that too

MajorLazer2d ago

Naughty Dog is better than all the MS studios put together.

derek2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

@just he has been behind 2 of the greatest games ever made. Tlou2 was easily the best non-vr game made last gen. Losers just can't get over Joel's death, mixed with the usual console war nonsense. The fact that you so casually call him a sob shows how deranged some gamers have become about Drunkmann.