PlayStation aims to be publisher friendly
Good to hear
If there's one undeniable thing that Sony's got right this generation, it's the PlayStation 4's first party output. Games like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and God of War have absolutely blown us away, and even titles like Days Gone and Detroit: Become Human, which weren't quite as well received critically, have...
There's much more to come
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"People told us PS4 was going to be a terrible failure"
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"We've actually achieved a lot"
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A "critical success factor" for next-gen
PlayStation boss Jim Ryan’s purported “distaste” for backwards compatibility has been misquoted and misinterpreted for years now, but the businessman would like to set the record straight: the ability to play PlayStation 4 games on the upcoming PlayStation 5 will be “absolutely key” to the success...
PlayStation aims to be publisher friendly
One of the key components of PlayStation’s success since its inception some 25 years ago is how it’s allowed third-party publishers to take centre stage on its systems. If you look back through the history of the brand, franchises like Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto, FIFA, and more recently Destiny have...
Jim Ryan is one of a few Sony suits you'll recognise from previous press conferences. He's been with the company since 1994, and was made president of SIE Europe in 2011. He was also made head of global sales and marketing in 2016, and helped launch the PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR. His hard work seems to have paid off, as he's...
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Just a change in focus
Well, the Internet has its pitchforks ready, and it really wants to give PlayStation Europe chief Jim Ryan a big fat poke in the chest – but of all the dumb things the executive’s said recently, this isn’t one of them. Asked by Games Industry.biz about the lack of indie games during Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, the...
Jim Ryan on solidifying Sony's fortress
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Reckons it's good news for PS4 Pro
PlayStation Europe bigwig Jim Ryan may have fluffed his lines on cross-console play, but he’s done a much better job addressing Xbox chief Phil Spencer’s comments on the PlayStation 4 Pro. In case you missed it, the Redmond man claimed yesterday that the PS4 Pro wasn’t in competition with the new Xbox One X...
"A commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders"
There’s an air of inevitability about Jim Ryan being the first to comment on cross-console play, and Sony’s decision not to support it. The head honcho at PlayStation Europe has been in the furnace a bit after he made some controversial comments about backwards compatibility, and...
That's a pro, then
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Guess who's back?
This is becoming an annual tradition now, isn't it? Sony may not be holding a press conference at Gamescom for the second year running, but at least we can rely on an uber-awkward Jim Ryan tour. German social media team Inside PlayStation has uploaded this lengthy look at everything that the Japanese giant's got on display this...
Good old Jim Ryan
We sincerely hope that Crash Bandicoot puts in appearance during Sony's E3 2016 press conference, because we're getting a bit sick of writing these filler stories. In the latest issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine, there's an interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe president Jim Ryan, and in it, the always...
Stronger first-party offering won't change tactics
Sony's made up for a less than impressive first-party showing in 2015 by partnering with third-party publishers, and the strategy's worked a treat. This month alone the platform holder's threatening to run away with the holidays, thanks to exclusive PlayStation 4 bundles for Call of Duty: Black...
But not AAA ones
This is getting a bit tedious now, isn't it? Sony's been blowing hot and cold with the PlayStation Vita for what feels like an eternity, and fresh from comments by Japanese executive Masayasu Ito suggesting that the system won't be receiving any further first-party content, SCEE boss Jim Ryan has now
"It's important to let creative geniuses just get on with it"
Sony's first-party output has always pushed boundaries. While the platform holder has funded its fair share of shooters and racing games, experimental outings such as ICO and Heavy Rain have always composed a core part of its output, too. And speaking at Gamescom 2015, SCEE boss Jim...
But they must be great games
There have been a spate of PlayStation 4 remasters since the system's launch in 2013, but it doesn't look like Sony's done yet. The platform holder's lined up Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for later this year, but speaking with PlayStation Germany, SCEE boss Jim Ryan has hinted that there may be more new-gen...
Keep the company man company
You're not going to see a more cringe-worthy video than this one all week – but it's worth a watch if you're a big PlayStation fan. In it, the PlayStation Germany team tours Sony's gigantic Gamescom 2015 booth, while SCEE president Jim Ryan drops all sorts of insight on his job and PS4's lineup. It's awkward and odd,...
That's one angle
Sony has no plans to add backward compatibility to the PlayStation 4, as it doesn't believe that the feature is particularly greatly used. Speaking with MCV at E3 2015, SCEE gaffer Jim Ryan explained that the Japanese giant has opted to invest its resources into other areas of its console – even though it admits that the Xbox...
"We've learnt an awful lot"
DriveClub disappointed at launch. Evolution Studios' next-gen racer may have made a late charge for podium position – and we actually think that the game's awesome as it stands now – but it's hard to ignore those first few months of inconsistent o
Platform holder will innovate with future firmware updates
While we made a big fuss out of the PlayStation 4’s anniversary in North America, we’d actually forgotten its first European birthday. However, the always well spoken Jim Ryan has penned a post on the PlayStation Blog to remind us that just 12 months ago, we were consigned to the...
That should please some of you
We were expecting way more remasters to pop up during Sony’s big Gamescom 2014 press conference this week, but they never really materialised. Until Dawn got re-announced for the PlayStation 4, sure, and
"We've got a very large and very powerful network of studios of our own"
The show’s not over yet, but already this author would rate Gamescom 2014 higher than E3 2014. While the latter was fun for sure, this week has had a bit of everything: great games, great press conferences, and great drama. No matter how many interesting titles were shown...
Cool as a cucumber
The word on the street is that the PlayStation 4 has no games – and a spate of delays into 2015 haven’t exactly helped the console’s case. With the likes of The Order: 1886, Batman: Arkham Knight, and The Witcher III: Wild Hunt not due out until early next year, alarm bells have been ri
Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida recently declared in an interview that the platform holder’s not planning to make many more big first-party PlayStation Vita titles, and SCEE boss Jim Ryan has since elaborated on that point in a fierce interview with Metro GameCentral. “Are you going to see huge, mega budget Vita g
Life in the old dog yet
Despite the recent announcement of the PlayStation 4, Sony has insisted that there’s still plenty in the pipeline for the PlayStation 3. Chatting with the PlayStation Blog, SCEE president Jim Ryan insisted that the manufacturer’s current platform will remain an important part of the company’s output for the foreseeable...
Ask Sony Computer Entertainment Europe gaffer Jim Ryan about the recently leaked PlayStation 3 Super Slim and he’ll spin you a yarn. “Which new PS3?” he told CVG when quizzed on the subject, before laughing the question off and moving on. Asked again about the hardware’s absence during the company’s GamesCom 2012 press...
Delving a little deeper
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe executive Jim Ryan has confirmed that the company is still backing 3D, even if it rarely touches upon the technology these days. "I wouldn't read too much into its omission," he told CVG. "We spoke about it at E3 two years ago and everyone put their glasses on for the first time, and the...
If you think Sony's done with PS3 for the year, you're dead wrong
SCEE's gaffer Jim Ryan has teased that there's still plenty of surprises to come before the year's out, though the suit wouldn't be drawn on specifics. "Theres a bunch of stuff at the back end of the year which Im very excited by, and youll hear about it over the coming months. Itll give you plenty to write about,"..
SCEE's new gaffer Jim Ryan isn't coy when talking about the PlayStation Portable
According to the executive, Sony's first attempt at capturing the handheld market tried to do too much, and confused consumers as a result. The PlayStation Vita, reckons Ryan, will not make that same mistake. I think with PSP we tried to position it as a rather broad multimedia device. We talked a lot in the early..
With next-generation speculation hot on every publication's lips, PlayStation Europe's Jim Ryan has said that it would be "undesirable" for the PlayStation 4 to launch later than its competitors
Chatting with Eurogamer at a press event in London, Ryan said of the PlayStation 4: "I think we would consider it undesirable to be significantly later than the competition." But with rumours of..
While much of the Internet sat bemused at the announcement of a new PSP for Europe during this year's GamesCom, we were fairly calm about it
While the announcement of the device certainly took us by surprise, we also felt like it made a lot of sense. Sony's PSP strategy has shifted in recent years, with the platform holder targeting younger users. SCEE's new gaffer Jim Ryan confirmed the philosophy..
While Sony focused heavily on the PlayStation Vita's variety of communication options at GamesCom, new SCEE boss Jim Ryan has reiterated that the company is putting games first with its new handheld system
The core principle is to provide the best portable gaming experience possible. Its as simple as that, SCEEs Jim Ryan told EDGE magazine. Ryan added that he believes the PlayStation Vita..
The UK is somewhat of an anomaly
While the PlayStation 3 tends to fare strongly around Europe, the UK remains something of a poisoned chalice for the PS3. While successful, the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii tend to perform better in the region. This is something new SCEE boss Jim Ryan wants to address. Getting to £199 is fantastic in the UK. Its a real milestone. UK is one of the territories..
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