Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has been talking to Business Insider Japan and revealed that the PlayStation 5 should launch in country at the same time it is released in the West. The PlayStation 4 launched in Japan quite a while after it landed on our shores, and console manufacturers have previously staggered the release of new hardware across territories to try and stop stock shortages, but nowadays customers will often pre-order a new device which makes stock distribution things much easier for the suppliers.
Jim also explains why the PlayStation 5 logo is similar to the PS4 design, and that Sony will continue to support PlayStation 4 players when the new console launches. He also teased some big new features for the console that are not present on PS4.
Here’s excerpts from the interview, translated by the lovely people over at Gematsu.
On the Similarities Between the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 Logos
Jim Ryan: “It is important to give off a sense of consistency for products within the PlayStation brand. It is a must for anyone who sees [the logo] to immediately and positively think, ‘That’s PlayStation.’
“There are over 100 million PlayStation 4 owners—there is a community there. We have an obligation to keep them happy, interested, and absorbed [in PlayStation].”
On the Migration from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5
Jim Ryan: “During the migration from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, there will still be a great deal of PlayStation 4 users. That is very important and we have an obligation to those users. In the same way, we need to work out new appeals for PlayStation 5. This year will be a tough, but special year for us compared to previous console releases.”
On the Unique Appeals of PlayStation 5
Jim Ryan: “Each time a new console is released, the processor and graphics improve. Those are enticing of course, but we need to have special appeals as well. We have already confirmed the use of an solid-state drive. Having load times that are next to nothing is a major change.
“3D audio and the haptic feedback support of the controller are also things that, when you try them, you will be surprised at how big a change they are. Even just playing the racing game Gran Turismo Sport with a PlayStation 5 controller is a completely different experience. While it runs well with the previous controller, there is no going back after you experience the detailed road surface via haptic control and play using the adaptive triggers.
“But you know. There are still more unique elements for PlayStation 5 to come that separate it from previous consoles. The ‘bigger differences’ have yet to be announced.”
What these big, unique features are remains a mystery. We know the PS5 is backwards compatible, we have a pretty good idea of how powerful it is, and we know about the new controller and haptic feedback. There are rumours of some sort of AI assistant being built in to the PlayStation 5, but I would personally love for the console to work with Alexa. The Destiny 2 app for Alexa – when it works – is a joy. I just shout at Ghost and he changes my gear for me.
What ‘unique’ features would you like the PlayStation 5 to have? Let us know in the comments!