Jim Ryan, CEO of Playstation, said in a recent interview that he wants to avoid being complacent in the next stage of the console war. While the Playstation 4 has unquestionably reigned supreme over this year’s generation, Ryan wants to make sure that the dynamic will stay that way in the future.
The Playstation 5 is getting closer and closer each day, and while we don’t have a definite release date for it yet, there’s no telling how it will stack up to the Xbox Scarlett when the next phase of the console war starts.
Jim Ryan said that he wanted to avoid complacency because the incumbent (that is, currently supreme) console has never had bad luck in consecutive generations. Both Xbox and Playstation have traded places for the past few generations, with the Xbox 360 holding the top spot last year.
Playstation managed to take the top spot this year over the Xbox One for a few simple reasons. The Playstation 4 had a much better announcement than the Xbox One, which alienated a large portion of its audience with privacy-invading and inconvenient practices.
The Playstation 4 is also more graphically impressive, and has had a much larger catalogue of exclusive games than the Xbox One, with most of the best-acclaimed games of this generation being Playstation exclusives like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more.
While Phil Spencer of Microsoft has said that Xbox exclusives are on the way, those won’t be coming until the Xbox Scarlett comes out, whereas there’s plenty of games that are already being slated to come out on the Playstation 5.
Along with the Playstation 4’s success, Playstation has made a number of other decisions, such as drastically decreasing the cost of the Playstation Now service, confirming that the Playstation 4 cross-play function is now out of beta, and buying Insomniac Games. So Jim Ryan isn’t acting complacent at all.
Either way, we’ll have to wait until the next console generation actually starts to see which of the two new consoles will be the best.