Jim Ryan was appointed CEO of PlayStation in April. In the meantime he has had his first interview at Cnet . Some nice details emerged from that interview. Thanks to the interview with Mark Cerny, we already knew the first technical details and the interview with Jim Ryan now focuses more on what that actually means for the players.
That the PS5 becomes backwards compatible (which means that you can also play PS4 games on it) is not new information. However, the company also plays with the idea of introducing cross-generational play. That means you can start playing a game on your PS4, then switch to your PS5 and resume exactly where you left off. So you can play a game on PS5 and still play together with friends who play on PS4.
Of course, there was again a survey of the trend around cloud gaming. With services such as Google Stages and Xbox Project xCloud, we seem to be becoming less and less dependent on powerful hardware, because all the hard work is done on specialized servers. “What I think is: I don’t know if this will be the last console,” Jim says. “I’ve been here a long time and in 2012 I listened to smart people who said the PS4 will be the biggest failure ever. That logic was actually hard to refute, but we believed in the product then and we believe in this next-gen product now. Who knows how it will evolve? Hybrid models between consoles and a kind of cloud? Possible. I do not know. And if I knew, I wouldn’t tell you. ”
When asked if there is a PSVR successor in the pipeline, Jim did not immediately have a say. “We continue to believe that VR has the potential to become a very valuable part of interactive entertainment. The current generation of VR has exceeded our expectations.”