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Sony Interactive Entertainment’s President and CEO Jim Ryan has explained why a digital edition of PlayStation 5 will be available along with a regular disc-based.
The surprise reveal came at the end of yesterday’s show, where the platform holder showed off 26 upcoming PS5 games, including sequels to Marvel’s Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn.
Ryan spoke to the BBC, saying: “Many of our consumers buy digital only today. We thought we would do what we usually try to do and just offer choices.”
When Microsoft released its own all-digital edition for the Xbox One S, it had a noticeably lower price tag than the standard model.
Asked if this will be the case with the PS5, Ryan said: “You won’t hear anything about the price today.”
Reports have suggested that the console may cost $ 450 per unit to produce, so the price for consumers is likely to be higher. As of yesterday, one analyst suggested that both the PS5 and Xbox Series X could trade for as much as $ 500, though rumors of $ 600 for Sony’s console have also circulated.
Given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and concerns over an upcoming recession, BBC Ryan asked if 2020 is a good time to release a new console.
“Conventional wisdom and history show that our business is one of the more recession-resistant companies,” he said. “But I think this will sharpen our need to make sure we focus on getting the right value comparison. And I emphasize value as opposed to price.”
He also emphasized that none of the content presented in the presentation changed as a result of ongoing protests against racial justice in the United States and the subsequent delay of PS5 reveals.
Finally, Ryan commented on the design, which, as with all new console disclosures, has proven to be divisive and mature for Internet messaging.
The PlayStation Manager said that since the company’s consoles are often located in the residential area of most homes, “we thought it would be nice to provide a design that would really like most residential areas.”
No release date was given last night, but when we talked to Ryan last month, he assured us that the PS5 will be on the shelves this Christmas.
We release a special edition of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast and collect our thoughts on tonight’s revelations later today.