In an interview with AV Watch (as translated by VGC), Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO Jim Ryan suggested that he’s not convinced budget, lower-spec consoles such as the Xbox Series S will make it in the long run.
“The first thing I would like to say is that I respect every competitor’s decision and their philosophies,” says Ryan. “One thing that can be said is that if you look at the history of the game business, creating a special low priced, reduced spec console is something that has not had great results in the past. We’ve considered that option and seen other executives who have attempted this discover how problematic it is.”
Ryan goes on to note that part of the problem with such consoles is that they don’t allow consumers to feel confident that the console they purchased will last them in the long-run.
“Based on our research, it’s clear that people who buy a game console want to continue using it for four, five, six, or even seven years,” says Ryan. “They want to believe they have bought something that is future-proofed and not going to be outdated in two-to-three years. They want to have faith that if they end up buying a new TV that their current console will be able to support that new 4K TV they are considering buying.”