PlayStation Boss Says that PS5 Launch Lineup Is Stronger Than Two Previous Generations


When the PlayStation 5 launches on November 12, it’ll arrive with a library of new and current games which PlayStation head Jim Ryan says will result in the quicker adoption of the next-gen console.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls will be available alongside a wide selection of PS4 games thanks to backwards compatibility, all of which will be playable from day one and will benefit from the PS5’s new technology.

“We are increasingly bullish in terms of the number of people that we think may engage with PS5, Ryan said to GamesIndustry.Biz. “Firstly, because we don’t begin from a standing start like we did with PS4, when we were coming out of a very lackluster PS3 platform, with a low level of networking across the community. Now we are starting with 100 million gamers, who we hope to transition very, very rapidly onto PS5. And it’s an engaged, tribal, networked community, who will be deeply and profoundly engaged with their PlayStation 5, we hope, from a very early moment.”

Ryan also explained that Sony’s collection of first-party studios is also responsible for its strong launch line-up. “I would just invite anybody to look at the launch window line-up of the PS4 generation or PS3 generation, and compare it to what we are going to bring in the equivalent phase of PS5,” Ryan said while definitely not throwing shade at Microsoft’s spending habits. “There’s just no comparison. That is the fruit of not massive spending sprees, but of very, very steadily, carefully planned organic growth.”

“We are lucky enough to have five or six studios who fall into that category… But it isn’t luck, because we’ve been working on this for years and years. Very quietly, in a very PlayStation way, we’ve been building something quite special with these studios. You can do it with frenzied acquisition, or measured acquisition, or you can do it organically.”

The PlayStation 4 had 25 games available on launch day, which included its own selection of first-party offerings such as Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Resogun amongst multi-platform third-party releases Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, FIFA 14, and NBA 2K14.

The PS5 will have nine launch games in total, as well as several of the best PS4 games available as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection in November. Quirky adventure game Bugsnax will also be free for a limited time as part of PS Plus in November.

Check out our PS5 preorder guide for more info on these games, when PS5 console consoles will be back in stock, and which stores you can find them at.

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