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PS5 boss says £70 price tag for games is ‘fair’ as he hits out at critics

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The boss of Playstation has defended the £70 price tag for PS5 games, saying it’s a "fair" sum.

Game costs are going up with the launch of the new state-of-the-art console out today, November 19.

And President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan hit back at critics who have said the eye-watering sums are too much when so many are struggling for work in the pandemic.

He said: “Yes, yes, I do [think it’s a fair price].

“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.”

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But he said that suggestions Sony were looking at asking for even more cash per title were inaccurate.

“I can say that that report that we were considering higher prices for first party games is categorically false,” he told the Telegraph.

He added of future games: “I’m not making any predictions about anything that might or might not happen in the future.

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

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He believes the team at Playstation has done a marvellous job getting the new system into shops during the coronavirus crisis and dismissed claims more exclusive new hits should be out alongside the machine.

Many of the current games you can play on PS5 today you can also play on the much cheaper PS4 system, albeit at a lower resolution.

Mr Ryan said of the launch: “I have spent a lot of time comparing it with what we’ve done in previous generations and I think the games that we have at launch, and the games that we have coming in in 2021, are by far the strongest that we’ve ever had, so I’m really happy with it.”

He added of launch titles like Spider-Man Miles Morales, PS3 remake Demon’s Souls, Astro’s Playroom and Sackboy: “I think this launch lineup has been very well received.

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“You can write them down and you can put them beside what we launched with on PS3, what we launched with on PS2 and PS1, and it is the strongest lineup across first party and third party.

“And the year that follows will be the strongest second year or second holiday season that we’ve ever had.

“I think the performance of our studios on the PS4 generation was great. But it’s a little acknowledged phenomenon that virtually all of the great generation defining games that we published on PS4 came in the second half of the cycle – and that won’t be the case this time round.

“So no, I don’t accept the criticism and I don’t think it’s fair.

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“And particularly in this very difficult Covid environment that obviously makes game development more challenging than would normally be the case, I think we’ve performed well and delivered a good and strong lineup.

“And what I hear from gamers and read from gamers is that they’re happy with it.”

Sony’s next-generation console boasts amazing lifelike graphics and near-instant access to hi-tech games.

Gamers are poised to do battle at noon today in a desperate bid to get their hands on the sold out machine.

Amazon and high street store Game have said they’ll both have new stock of the much-wanted state-of-the-art machine from noon.

Experts have urged customers to “be quick, so make sure you’re signed in to your Amazon account and on Amazon’s PS5 page well ahead of time, ready to refresh. Also, make sure all your payment details are saved for a quick checkout – speed will be essential”.

PS5 pre-orders went live back in September, but stockists promptly sold out.

The console went on sale in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea last week.

The main console costs £450 while the PS5 Digital Edition, which lacks a disc drive, is £360.

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