Sony’s Jim Ryan hints that PS5’s release in Japan may not be delayed

By Sherif Saed
9 January 2020 09:51 GMT

PlayStation fans in Japan may not have to wait longer than their friends in the West to get PlayStation 5.

You may recall that Sony made an uncharacteristic decision at the start of this generation to delay the release of PS4 in Japan, making players in the region wait three extra months to be able to officially purchase the console.

Sony consoles had, up to that point, always been released first in Japan, even if just by a few days such as in the case of PS3. The decision was reflective of Sony’s outlook on the strength of the console business in Japan compared to the rest of the world, but it was a strange move nonetheless.

According to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Jim Ryan, it was never an easy decision.

“The three-month delay for the release of PlayStation 4 in Japan was a decision that I was deeply involved in,” Ryan told Japanese Business Insider, as translated by Gematsu.

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“There was reasonable ground for that decision, but these days I do not think that was a good idea,” he added, hinting that it may not repeat with PS5. “It was a decision made after much debate, but there may have been other options.”

Ryan, predictably, couldn’t confirm which regions will get PS5 first, or if the console will see simultaneous release across all of them.

In other PS5 news, Sony unveiled the console’s official logo at CES earlier this week. To no one’s surprise, it’s identical to that of the PS4.

Catch up on the PS5 release date, games, specs and everything else we know about Sony’s console at the link.

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