The PlayStation 5 had a huge reveal event recently. We got to see a lot about the console itself, as well as many of its games. One of the biggest surprises of the event, however, was the unveiling of an all-digital edition of the next-generation console.
Consumers Motivated Sony To Offer PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
In an interview with BBC, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan explained their reasoning behind this move. “Many of our consumers are purchasing solely digitally these days. We thought that we would do what we typically try and do, and just offer choice,” he said.
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition May Be Cheaper
Many have speculated that the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will come in at a cheaper price point than the regular PlayStation 5. There’s precedent to this, too. We saw Microsoft release the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition last year. It cost less than the regular Xbox One S.
Jim Ryan was tight-lipped on whether than would be the case with the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, though. However, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that it will be.
PlayStation 5 Is Still Focusing On Exclusive Titles
Regardless of how many versions of the console they release, Sony still needs to ensure a stellar lineup of exclusive games. That’s what catapulted the PlayStation 4 to its incredible success. It seems like Sony is well aware of that, and are planning something similar for the PlayStation 5.
“Exclusive games are obviously one point of difference between our system and others. But I really call out the criteria of quality rather than necessarily exclusivity. And when I look at our worldwide studios, it’s really the quality of the work that they produce that counts,” said Ryan.