Sony boss defends £70 price for PS5 games

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:35 GMT

With the new generation of consoles has come an increase in the cost of games.

The head of PlayStation Jim Ryan has said that its PS5 games justify the £70 price tag they’ve been given.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the Sony exec was pressed on whether he felt this was a fair price point for games on its brand new hardware, saying that they provide as much entertainment as other mediums.

“Yes, yes, I do [think £70 is a fair price],” Ryan said.

“If you measure the hours of entertainment provided by a video game, such as Demon’s Souls compared to any other form of entertainment, I think that’s a very straightforward comparison to draw.”

Ryan was also asked if the reports that games from Sony’s first-party line-up would have higher prices, something the PlayStation exec called “categorically false,” but refused to say whether the next PS5 title from Naughty Dog would cost £70 or not.

“I’m not making any predictions about anything that might or might not happen in the future,” he said.

“I’m saying that the reports about discussions that we considered higher pricing for first-party games in this launch window were categorically false.”

There are also reports that Microsoft is looking to hike the price of its own first-party line-up.

PlayStation 5 was released on November 12 in some parts of the world, with Sony’s machine coming to another set of territories later this week on November 19. Everything you need to know about the new console can be found right here.

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