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Jim Ryan Needs to be voted out of his position

Yes, The current president of SIE, Jim Ryan needs to go.

Look at all the negative things that have happened under his watch in the two short years he's been at the head:

- PS5 exclusives raise to $70

- Japan Studio stripped to it's bare bones

- Legacy psn stores closing

- Killzone franchise retired

- Days Gone 2 denied

- Web store gets downgraded

- game patches starting to disappear due to legacy stores closing soon

- Currently killing any hope for full backward compatibility despite according to two patents they are working on solutions.

- Turned down Kojima's next game (allegedly)

- Closing the video/movie rental store DESPITE LITERALLY just starting a new video service on their new bravia televisions.

Under this man's leadership, I can't think of a single good thing that he pushed. I've never seen a company leader pull off such levels of self-sabotage before. It's as if this man has no idea what made the Playstation brand the household name it is.

Hell there isn't even a reason to NOT do BC or close the legacy stores. Their own financials and actions prove that. PSN makes more money than Microsoft's gaming division and the ENTIRE Nintendo company. And that's with the Legacy stores still being open ( https://www.ign.com/article... So it's not like the excuse of "it's a financial drain" is there.

And as for backward compatibility. I keep hearing "can't due it because of x86". That there is another falsehood. RSPS3 runs on x86. And to add insult to injury, those backward compatibility patents starting showing up AFTER Sony hired some of the RSPS3 programmers.

And this final part is me speaking for myself personally. But as of now, I see no reason to ever buy a ps5 or anything Sony puts out beyond this point. They've shown me they have no follow through.

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Sonic-and-Crash32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

Most of these are just false accusations and come from a general info war against PStation

1) Japan Studio may have been stripped by its old personel (who imo had problems with productivity and direction) but most probably Sony prepares ASOBI team ,successor of Japan Studio which can take on Nintnedo s Mario team man to man

2 Days Gone 2 would have been a completely different game than the first game..more similar to DayZ and other massive online Zombie games .Correctly Sony turned down the pitch..

3 Same with Kojima , Kojima offered its Stadia episodic horror game to Sony and most propbably they turned it down
Episodic Horror game would be waste of maney and unsafe for Playstation SP used audience (i wouldnt like it for example and i m fan of Kojima)

4 to hyperreact on PS Store shut down is hypocritical ...im sure that 99% of PS players had forgot it existed or even dont own PS vita PS3 anymore (me as fan of old PS games had anything downloaded from release , i wouldnt wait 10 years after to play classic games) and most probably these games will return on PS5

5 Killzone was never that good and most of those who react have nt even finished 1 game in the series

6 70$ price will be applied by Xbox and Nintnedo too

XiNatsuDragnel32d ago

I think Jim Ryan does need stronger Japanese support and acquire more Japanese exclusives combined with letting more ,1st party games through.

roboteye32d ago

They already got 2 exclusives from SE (FF16 and Forspoken). 3 if you count FF7R Intergrade.

bouzebbal32d ago

I've never been a fan of this guy either.. I miss Tretton Kan and Andrew House..
But PS5 is on fire.

neomahi32d ago

Hes the CEO. If theyre going to appoint him them theyd have to let him do his job, that was a major issue with SEGA in its time. There was too much conflict, they wanted to hire Tom Kalinski, why? When he told them to bundle Sonic 2 with every Genesis console, they fought him all day long. When it finally happened, SEGA began to really disrupt things for Nintendo. Dont hire someone to the job if youre not gonna listen to them because that inner turmoil leads to major issues, SEGA is now no longer what it was so Sony ought to know better, if they dont like it, run it themselves.

However, Jim Ryans been making really poor decisions. We've seen the announcement of the PSVR 2 before the Scalper situation has been solved. Jim Ryans trying to sell PSVR to people that dont even have a PS5 left which sends the message he doesnt care of consumers.

Andrew House has stated in an interview that he stayed up late nights stressing about the HDD included in the PS4, he wanted the right price for consumers. That communicated he cared about consumers. Jim Ryan? Nothing. Now hes letting things happen that says they dont care about consumer loyalty, we'll just give it to the competition, PS gamers have every right to feel how they do and watch Xbox fans get treated better than the ones that support Sony. It makes no sense and Sony doesnt have the nerve themselves to be transparent, and thats a Phil Spencer move. Act now and ask forgiveness later, problem is, PlayStation fans arent as forgiving as Xbox fans.

CaptainHenry91632d ago

I can't believe Sony a Japanese company needs more Japanese support 🤔

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SenorFartCushion32d ago

Billion dollar companies need to be judged properly, but they do not know who you are, nor do they need your help.

You’re a number to them, they hate you and all they need is your $60

Edit: legitimately forgot it was $70 for their exclusives.

jukins32d ago

Nba2k1 is $70, call of duty is $70... this will be industry wide soon. Only reason you haven't seen xbox "exclusives" for $70 is well there arent any....

Jin_Sakai32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

Sony’s getting a lot of heat for a reason and Jim Ryan is a big part of that. I’d rather have Shawn Layden back or let Scott Rhode take his position. He an avid gamer himself and knows his stuff.

Rude-ro32d ago

“Sony’s getting a lot of heat”..
From whom?
Also, want to know a little strange fact?
Every year about this time, there is always some sort “drama” created around Sony in gaming media.
It happens twice a year... April - May and September - October.
I wonder why 🤔
Such odd pattern for n4g

jukins32d ago

Yea lets get someone who fan fluff the fanboy egos....fun fact Layden was there and behind many of the current playstation directives. But of course media twlls you different its all jim ryan...

Sayai jin32d ago

Yes, it's just he media. Smh...

Jin_Sakai32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

“Yea lets get someone who fan fluff the fanboy egos....fun fact Layden was there and behind many of the current playstation directives. But of course media twlls you different its all jim ryan...“

I didn’t know Shawn Layden closed PS3, Vita, and PSP stores, shuttered Sony Japan Studio, turned down Days Gone 2 and greenlight a pointless remake of The Last of Us PS5 remaster.

All this happened under Jim Ryan in less than 5 months. He needs to step down! Bring Shawn Layden back and promote Scott Rohde to head of PlayStation Studios.

neomahi32d ago

I smell Herman Hulst in a lot if this as well. Herman Hulst comes on board and Horizon Zero Dawn is announced for PC, thats when things started to seem strange. Then Death Stranding. Now Days Gone. We're now starting to see strange behavior like MLB The Show 21, it just keeps getting worse and worse. Jim Ryan needs to go. Nobody ruffled Phil Spencers feathers and made his days tough like Jack (Jacky T) Tretton and Kaz Hirai.

Thatgrammar32d ago

@Jin_Sakai

Why does Jim Ryan “need to step down”? Under his leadership, Playstation has made the most money it ever has in a year (2020). If Playstation keeps making a lot of money I don’t really see the guy going anywhere. Why would he step down because you (and others) wrote your feelings down on the internet? I don’t have any negative or positive opinions about the guy, I am just trying to understand why he would step down. He will most likely head Playstation until his decisions start to negatively impact the business.

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SickSinceSix32d ago

Killzone 2 was the best in the series and a PS5 sequel that went back to what made 2 so good would have been awesome.

Dirtnapstor32d ago

I've never been fond of the PS3 storefront. It's so sluggish and not user friendly. I'm not sure what everyone's so up in arms about. I'd be willing to bet most had moved on and gracing the PS3 store was so infrequent; Sony questioned why should it be sustained? Besides, again, I'd bet that Sony has a grand plan in the works, incorporating most everything from the past platforms.

And you are incorrect Sonic-and-Crash.... Killzone was a fantastic franchise :).

blackblades32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

They mad cause they wont be able to buy ps3 games anymore. For some odd reason its been a whole generation since ps3 era and now people want to now buy digital ps3 games. Guess used physical copies doesnt exist in this world anymore. People like to attack other people to make themselves feel better so they going all in on Jim for all of it without knowing his reasons.. End of the day as a long time Sony user nothing actually effects me.

-Foxtrot32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

Even if some of false accursations the fact is compared to Jack Trenton or Shawn Laydon, Jim is doing an awful job and is a corporate suit not a gamer at heart. Those sales might be rolling in but over time these little shitty decisions will build up until it's too late, people will get p***** off and turn the other cheek.

Sony are just creating one negative thing after another for themselves ever since he took over

Now if you have something counter point those negative decisions like "We've done this bad thing BUT it's because we can give you good thing X, Y and Z" then fair enough but there's no trade off here.

Jim needs to go and Sony need to get back on track before Microsoft whizzes passes them again.

blackblades32d ago

You people are making everything negative, Jim been with Sony since 1994 I believe hes not just some new guy that knows nothing. I think you people need to shut up and stop being so negative. Comparing him to the others is bull crap when its different times etc..

Sonic-and-Crash32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

he is not flawless i dont say that ...but Sony is just reorganizing and doing normal corporate staff and this for some devious reason was published and now hypocritically even neighbor s dog starting to care about Playstation (as if they knew what moves and cancelation had done the previous CEO ..it s irony......also not even 1 word spoken about Phil Spencer who hasnt released 1 game 5 months now and probably fired half of the staff of 343 )

What it anger s me more is that PS5 has excellent launch course and launch library with variety of content from start (Demon , Sackboy , Bugsnax Desruction)...and still media is mad because fired up Syphoon filter and Pupeteer director who literally i believe without them their games would have been far better (Days Gone Pupeteer)---see ASOBI team Astrobot and what AAA potential was hidden inside Japan studio guts

neutralgamer199232d ago

To the author you are forgetting don matrick who by himself destroyed xbox brand and lost the generation before it even started. Under jim ryan sony has been dominating europe and under him ps5 can't be produced fast enough to be sold to everyone. Why would Sony let him go you do know the person making the decision is not him ryan right? Would wide studio president HERMEN HULST

He is the one who makes games released decisions not jim ryan. And guess what hermen was the one under GG who made KZ so he knows another might not be needed right now

Is simply amazing to me a guy in Jim Ryan who is currently heading a company whose product sells out faster than they can make it but some Fanboys want him fired

Instead of getting your feelings hurt try to understand the business aspects of it he makes Sony a lot of money that's all they care about

Imalwaysright31d ago

I'm european and I have absolutely no idea as to what he made in order for the Playstation to be so successful here. He just coasted along while more qualified people (such as Cerny) layed the foundations that made and make the Playstation brand the most successful ever in console gaming.

Chocoburger31d ago

Jim Ryan is not the reason why PS5 and PSN are so successful. He's just a suit.
PS5 and PSN are so successful because Sony built up over 20 years of consumer trust and fanaticism.
There were far less third party games on N64 and Saturn compared to PS1, which dominated the market.
Trend continued the next generation as well.

Jim Ryan didn't create the IPs that made gamers fall in love with the PS brand. From early Crash Bandicoot, to Ape Escape, to Parappa, to Jak, to Resistance, to The Last of Us, to Puppeteer, to Horizon Zero Dawn, and so much more.

Ryan is coasting off the past 21 years of success that PS has built up. Any idiot in his position would see incredible profits, he's not doing anything important, valuable, or special. The fact that there is a *growing* sense of dissatisfaction amongst *the biggest PS fans* is not a good sign.

He needs to improve, admit that some of his stances are wrong. Make some changes, if nothing else, than to placate the PS fans, which by the way, is his job.

Gamer7532d ago

#6 yet neither ms or nintendo are currently charging $70 for their games so its fair to criticise Sony for it

Teflon0232d ago

Really naw. Nintendo game prices on Switch are very over priced. Pokemon games have had a price hike, Games like Zelda DX lmao full price rereleases with higher prices than the release prices of older games. People just like to ignore things. MS hasn't had an opportunity to raise the price and probably won't now simply to try look better. They mainly care about gamepass anyways not sales. Ultimately both actually can't be defended in the same and matter if you really think about it. Criticize the industry for the price hike. As it's not only Sony

StoneyYoshi31d ago

Nintendo VERY RARELY drops their first party games prices. All their first party games are still $60.... At least the ones charging $70 initially don't permanently keep them at that price forever. I know you can buy at other retailers with more sale opportunities but that doesn't make it okay for Nintendo to basically never do it. Breath of the Wild is still $60... a 4 year old game as of march 3rd.

ArthriticPowers32d ago

MMO Days gone would of been refreshing from PS 1st party....guess it wouldn't of fitted into the action adventure profile Sony prefer though. Shame.....in saying that I'm a massive dayz fan though so my bias it out there for all to see.

TheEroica32d ago

Full out Sony fanboy meltdown happening... Grab the popcorn!

COS32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

I honestly think you believe Sony can do no wrong, which is definitely not the case.

Days Gone is probably on my list of Top 10 games I have played. One of the few console games I have every played through twice. Makes me wish Sony would sell that studio to MS LOL. Where is your source that this game was going in the direction of a DayZ game, were you in on the pitch meeting?

I agree with you on Kojima

People are still using the PS3, how hard is it to keep the store up? This is one area MS has a huge advantace since the tech is backwards compatible and the power of the Cell was never fully realized.

Killzone 2 was an excellent game, this is coming from a MS Halo Fan, it deserved another go around.

$70 exclusives, so is leading the charge for more expensive games, if this was a MS thing, there would be an uproar on this site.

I agree with the posters opinion, some of these things should be revaluated, as should his position at Sony.

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IRetrouk31d ago (Edited 31d ago )

They made 3 more after number two, how's that abandoning games🤔

StoneyYoshi31d ago

"$70 exclusives, so is leading the charge for more expensive games, if this was a MS thing, there would be an uproar on this site."

This was an industry thing... not a Sony or MS thing. If anybody led the charge it was 2K Games with NBA 2K21...

DarXyde32d ago

"1) Japan Studio may have been stripped by its old personel (who imo had problems with productivity and direction) but most probably Sony prepares ASOBI team ,successor of Japan Studio which can take on Nintnedo s Mario team man to man"

I disagree. I think they had plenty of direction and vision, but it depends on what's possible. Look at Shadow of the Colossus: that game was incredibly ambitious, and it still blows my mind that it's a PS2 game. The Last Guardian didn't lack direction, it lacked the hardware horsepower to realize its vision on PS3. What else... Gravity Rush, not aimless. Siren, not aimless. The Last Guy, simple and focused. I really don't know where you get the impression that they weren't productive had no direction. ASOBI is not a bad team at all, but they work on very small experiences. I would not compare their scale to Nintendo, full stop. You're comparing ASOBI to an industry titan that has a remarkably consistent track record for quality spanning decades. Not in the same league.

"2 Days Gone 2 would have been a completely different game than the first game..more similar to DayZ and other massive online Zombie games .Correctly Sony turned down the pitch.."

Based on what? I think you're making some unfounded assumptions here.

"3 Same with Kojima , Kojima offered its Stadia episodic horror game to Sony and most propbably they turned it down
Episodic Horror game would be waste of maney and unsafe for Playstation SP used audience (i wouldnt like it for example and i m fan of Kojima)"

That did not stop me from buying Siren Blood Curse —you know, from that studio that you said was unproductive and having direction problems. Game was brilliant.

"4 to hyperreact on PS Store shut down is hypocritical ...im sure that 99% of PS players had forgot it existed or even dont own PS vita PS3 anymore (me as fan of old PS games had anything downloaded from release , i wouldnt wait 10 years after to play classic games) and most probably these games will return on PS5"

I'm in the 1% then. I actually play my Vita with some regular frequency (2-3 hours every 2 weeks or so). Your mentioning the return of classics on PS5 is part of the problem: Ryan would have you purchase them again, and I'm not with that. At least with PS3's PSOne classics, I could transfer them to my PSP or Vita and take it on the go. That is literally what I use my Vita most for: to replay PSOne RPGs (as well as Silent Hill and MGS).

"5 Killzone was never that good and most of those who react have nt even finished 1 game in the series"

Do you have any evidence for that? Or are you just generalizing? I don't care about Killzone much and I would much rather they focus on games like Horizon... But people do like Killzone. People not finish the games is like people not finishing CoD: plenty of people are in it for the multiplayer. The problem here is that Playstation is removing something people liked instead of expanding its software portfolio. That's the issue.

"6 70$ price will be applied by Xbox and Nintnedo too"

The difference is that you have options on Xbox and it's not an issue for Nintendo yet.

Ryan needs to go.

ghostrider3232d ago

Killzone was never that good? Do you smoke weed?

outsider162432d ago

"Killzone was never that good.." i took that personally.

CobraKai32d ago

You had me til Killzone was never that good.

King_Noctis32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

“ general info war against PStation”

You make it seem like everyone are out to kill the PS brand. We’re not. The only reason that I had purchased the PS5 at scalper’s price is because I love the PS brand and its games. To see the brand going downhill just because of one man, well, there is no defending that. The man’s gotta go, Sony should (I daresay must) bring in someone like Shawn Layden to replace him.

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DJStotty32d ago

1) - If it was Microsoft stripping a studio down you would have a different reaction.

2) - I thought Sony were the one to take "risks" on games?

3) - "unsafe for Playstation SP used audience"? What? The Playstation SP section is only a small portion of the total userbase. An episodic game, is a lame excuse to turn a project down.

4) - Taking options away from current userbase, no matter what it is is anti-consumer.

5) - To suggest Killzone was never that good, Killzone 2 - 91 Meta, Killzone 3 - 84 Meta.

6) - $70 price tag only applies to Sony 1st party, and the milkers EA/Activision, not Microsoft 1st party as suggested.

Look at the price of PS5 1st party :-

https://www.game.co.uk/en/g...

garos8232d ago

oh be quiet. i am a huge playstation fan and you are just spouting nonsese. Ive been supporting them precisely for the "freedom" they give their studios. Days gone 2 cancellation doesnt sit well with me and get lost "Killzone was never good"/ You are talking out of your ass. 70$ price is the salt in the injury and dont give me this nonsense "games are more expensive to make now and look what nintendo/xbox are going to do"

thecodingart32d ago

Kill one was never good <- platinums 2 games and almost 3... this franchise was phenomenal

PS-Gamer-198626d ago (Edited 26d ago )

Wtf i was with you until #5

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Dark_Overlord32d ago

If his choices affect Sonys profits, you can guarantee the share holders will be demanding his removal.

Ryushaa32d ago

The scalpers and scarcity of games related hardware (consoles and GPU's mainly), are probably masking those anti-consumers and self degrading decisions. Which make them appear harmless now, but when things return to normal and the market see the PS brand so bare boned, only then they will fell the drop in sales.

Nitrowolf232d ago

yet those scalpers are selling at their dumb prices, even if they have to lower them sometimes. People end up buying from them otherwise it wouldnt keep happening

CrimsonWing6932d ago

Problem is they aren’t. He’s saving them money and making them money, but at the cost of pissing off consumers.

LucasRuinedChildhood32d ago

If he really did turn down Kojima's next game, I'm going to be so pissed.

JackBNimble32d ago

I thought Kojima was independent, shouldn't he be funding his own production?

DJStotty32d ago

@JackBNimble

"I thought Kojima was independent, shouldn't he be funding his own production?"

You still need a publisher.

LegoIsAwesome32d ago

I doubt it will happen, there are many Sony fanboys that thinks Jim Ryan is doing a good job. In reddit I kept on saying the PS5 exclusives are on the category Console exclusives in the PSN and will soon come to PC if that what that means, was bombarded with downvotes lol.

I said from the very beginning of HZD PC announcement, Jim Ryan will be the downfall of Sony.

Eonjay31d ago

His lead has lead to the largest single quarter a company in the entire gaming history... ever.

LegoIsAwesome31d ago

Only because he was riding on what his predecessor achieved.

Dark_Overlord30d ago (Edited 30d ago )

And look what happened when Don Mattick was promoted to PIEB and what happened with the Xbox360 to the Xbox One. It is quite easy to ruin what has previously been built up.

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Orbilator32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

Sony know how to trim costs and remove deadwood. I think Jim Ryan has taken the company in the right direction. The amount of BS going round at moment is embarrassing and fair play to Sony, they not said a word or risen to this trash.

gravedigger32d ago

Yep! Andrew House shut down Evolution Studios and Guerilla Cambridge. What happened in the end? Nothing.

Knushwood Butt32d ago

Ex-Evolution made Onrush, which was a commercial and critical failure.

Wish they would come back and make Driveclub 2 VR though.

DarthMarvin32d ago

"Sony know how to trim costs and remove deadwood."
Except they're still making smartphones, the single biggest hemorrhage to their profit margin. To make it worse, there still isn't an Xperia Play 2.

IRetrouk32d ago

There was an xperia play 2, they just never released it, I liked that phone, playing ps1 games on it was great

King_Noctis32d ago

Are you referring to people that either got layoff or left the company as deadwood? If so, not cool dude.

Orbilator32d ago

Well god forbid you ever run a company and keep unproductive people working for you. That's not good business for any company.

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