Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan recently revealed in an interview that the game company was actually considering a low-spec PlayStation 5, but then abandoned the idea.
Ryan explained to Japanese website AV Watch via VGC that they abandoned the low-spec PS5 because it could cause “problems” for them. They did not think it would give them great results since previous consoles that had the same idea did not have great results.
The SIE CEO continued:
Clearly, price is a very important factor. 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.
SIE is instead committed to follow the same strategy of offering the gaming community with a future-proof console that they can play for “four, five, six, or even seven years.”
Ryan believes that the consumer wants to buy “something that is future-proofed and not going to be outdated in the two-to-three years.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.”
PlayStation 5 will launch this coming Nov. 12 on select countries. The rest of the world will get the next-gen consoles on Nov. 19.