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“Why would anybody play this?” : PlayStation boss’ most notorious quote

Jim Ryan, Sony’s head of PlayStation, wants people to know that he doesn’t hate old video games.Why it matters: A dismissive quote about older PlayStation games has dogged Ryan for years and been used to boost theories as to why Sony has not supported its back catalog of games as well as rivals Microsoft and…

Jim Ryan, Sony’s head of PlayStation, wants people to know that he doesn’t hate old video games.

Why it matters: A dismissive quote about older PlayStation games has dogged Ryan for years and been used to boost theories as to why Sony has not supported its back catalog of games as well as rivals Microsoft and Nintendo.

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  • In a 2017 interview with Time, Ryan recalled seeing versions of the PlayStation racing game series “Gran Turismo” running side-by-side on PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4.

  • “The PS1 and the PS2 games, they seemed ancient, like why would anybody play this?” he said at the time.

“It goes with the territory, but I get a bit frustrated at still being struck on the head with this one,” he told Axios.

  • “The point I was attempting to create — obviously not quite well — was just how good the PS4 version looked and just how far the show had evolved. I certainly was not trying to be disrespectful to our heritage.”

  • He points to PS5 launch game “Astro’s Playroom,” in which players collect classic items of PlayStation’s past, as proof the company supports its past.

The questions about Sony’s belief in its back catalogue have merit.

  • While the Xbox Series S and X run games from all prior Xbox generations, the PS5 only supports PS4 natively, with select PS3 and PS2 games only running via a paid streaming service.

  • “What is important to understand when considering this question about designing a new stage, is that time, technology resource, and money are all finite, and that significant trade-offs have to be made with regard to what’s included, and what is not,” Ryan said, before listing some of the PS5’s cooler features.

  • He said the PS5’s compatibility with PS4 games was due to fans'”real desire” for this support. But he had no comment on whether Sony had plans to formally enable compatibility with PS1 games at all.

What’s next: Ryan pointed into the PS4 remake of a classic PS2″Ratchet & Clank” match, plus an original sequel on PS5, as a m

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