PS5 Will Have More Exclusives Than Previous Consoles, Jim Ryan Says

Jim Ryan's comments come as the previously exclusive MLB franchise released on Xbox.

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Former PlayStation exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding later made their way to PC, and Sony's own MLB The Show franchise even debuted on Xbox this week. It was the first Sony-developed game to release on a competing system, and it even came included with a Game Pass subscription. However, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan says the PS5 will actually have more exclusives than any of Sony's previous systems. We just haven't seen them much yet.

In a statement to the Japanese publication Nikkei that was translated by VGC, Ryan seemed to downplay concerns that Sony was branching out to other platforms too much.

"We have been quietly but steadily investing in high-qualify games for PlayStation, and we will make sure that the PS5 generation will have more dedicated software than ever before," he said.

Some of Sony's PS5 games have also released on PS4 so far, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Two that won't are Returnal, which is out in just about a week, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Both make heavy use of the PS5's NVMe SSD for quickly loading areas, potentially making it more difficult for the games to release on older systems. They also make use of the DualSense controller, both for enhancing immersion and for gameplay mechanics, such as the shotgun weapon in Rift Apart.

But there are still first-party PS5 games that will also release on PS4, including Horizon Forbidden West. It remains to be seen when Sony will make a clean break from the older system, but given its massive success, that could take a while. Still, it's similar to what Microsoft is doing with the Xbox Series X|S, releasing all first-party games on the Xbox One as well for at least the first year, complete with Smart Delivery support.

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