In a quick update on the PlayStation 5’s stock, from the words of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO, Jim Ryan, "everything is sold.”
During an interview with TASS, a Russian newsgroup, Ryan was asked how sales for the PS5 were faring. It's no surprise that the tech giant's CEO confirmed that all stock had been sold, further adding that all stock would be sold out in Russia too.
“Everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold. And everything will be sold in Russia, there’s no doubt about that.”
Ryan touched upon the considerable challenges the company faced following what he described as “an unusual, strange and frankly rather difficult year.” 2020 has been anything but straightforward, and for Ryan, he says that he “wouldn’t plan on doing another big console launch amid a global pandemic, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody else.”
All manufacturing, Ryan says, had to be done “by camera remotely. I mean, just imagine that for a precision device like the PlayStation 5."
Ryan was asked about a ‘console war’, between Sony's PS5 and Microsoft, who recently launched the Xbox Series X/S. The term is one Ryan does not use but says “it’s great that there’s competition. I think it makes us work harder.”
On the subject of AAA games, when asked by TASS if big titles may be losing their appeal due to costs and years to produce, Ryan responded: “that the market for AAA games has never been stronger.” He further believes that “the best days for these sorts of games that we make and we pride ourselves on, those best days may yet be to come.”
Ryan is later asked about Sony's answer to the Microsoft Game Pass. Ryan confirmed that there’s “news to come, but just not today.”
The Xbox Series X/S launched on November 10, with the PS5 launching two days later in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, before arriving in the UK and the rest of the world on November 19. Post-launch, pre-order customers were warned of delays by UK retailer, Game.