Sony’s said that PS5 will “attack” the all-important Christmas shopping period this year, as it seeks to meet lofty holiday sales targets and outpace its predecessor, the PS4. While the company’s latest console has been a huge success, it’s first two years were impeded by stock shortages caused by the pandemic. With those issues now overcome, it intends to really establish its authority on the generation this fall.
Speaking with Nikkei, bigwig Hideaki Nishino confirmed that the company now intends to sell “PS5 at a faster pace than the PS4”, and it’s purchasing components from multiple manufacturers in order to diversify risk. He added that due to the time it takes to develop games, we’re finally beginning to see titles specifically developed with the new-gen system in mind.
“Because it generally takes three to five years to develop a game title, we're starting to see an increase in the number of games that take full advantage of the PS5’s features,” he said. “For example, in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, released in October, the player can roam around a re-creation of New York City. There is no lost time due to loading, allowing players to go wherever they want, whenever they want.”
It does feel like the days of cross-gen titles are slowly coming to an end, with most major releases now targeting new-gen systems like PS5 specifically. With the remodelled PS5 out now, and exciting accessories like the PS Portal to complement it, this does feel like the first holiday season where the system is poised to take off properly. It’ll be interesting to see just how many units it can sell.