PlayStation boss believes prices hike for next-gen games is fair

Jim Ryan says he does not want to make predictions about the future

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan says he believes the increase to £70 for first-party games on the PS5 is fair.

During a recent interview with The Telegraph, Ryan was asked if he thinks its fair for players to pay £70 for a video game, in reference to the retail price of the newly released Demon’s Souls remake. The publication also noted that the new price tag is also “significantly more” than players are used to

“Yes, yes, I do [think it’s fair],” Ryan said. “If you measure the hours of entertainment provided by a video game, such as Demon’s Souls compared to any other form of entertainment. I think that’s a very straightforward comparison to draw.”

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However, Ryan did not reveal whether future first-party PS5 games will also cost £70, saying he is “not making any predictions about anything that might or might not happen in the future”. The exec also called a recent Bloomberg report, which suggested that the company was originally going charge more than £70, as “categorically false”.

Sony is not the first video game company to raise the prices of it titles with the transition of next-gen. Earlier this year, 2K Games had increased the cost of NBA 2K21 on next-gen consoles. Meanwhile, other companies such as EA are still undecided on whether to raise the prices of their games.

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PlayStation 5 console and DualSense controllers. Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Elsewhere in the interview, Ryan also addressed PS5’s usuable storage space, which clocks in at 665GB. Many have expressed concerns over lack of space, with games such as Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War taking up a fifth of the said storage. However, Ryan says that the company is “not hearing” those complaints, but will watch what happens as “people unbox their PlayStations and start to start to use them”.

The CEO was also pressed on the topic of PS4 and PS5 titles being cross-gen. Ryan believes “PS5 experiences or versions of these games are built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 feature set” and doesn’t “see what’s wrong with” offering a PS4 version of these titles.

When asked if the new God Of War will be a PS5 exclusive, Ryan replied: “Sorry. I’ve got nothing to say about that today.”

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Back in September, Ryan previously stated that “no one should be disappointed” with cross-gen games and he is “quite pleased about the situation”.

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