Playstation Boss Suggests Buying A PS5 If You Want Exclusives And I’d Like To See Him Try

Playstation Boss Suggests Buying A PS5 If You Want Exclusives And I’d Like To See Him Try
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The Playstation Studios boss has come right out and said that you should simply buy a PS5 if you want future PS5-exclusive games and Hermen, my man, if only it were that simple.

In a recent Q&A on the PlayStation Blog, the Playstation Worldwide Studios head and former Guerilla Games co-founder Hermen Hulst said while a number of PlayStation games will be coming to PC, users will need to fork out the money for a console if they want to play them at launch.

“We’re still early on in our planning for PC. And Horizon Zero Dawn has been very successful,” Hulst said.

“I think it shows there’s an appetite from gamers outside the PlayStation ecosystem to experience the amazing portfolio of games that PlayStation fans have enjoyed for years.”

“But I want to emphasise that PlayStation will remain the best place to play our PlayStation Studios titles at launch. But we do value PC gamers, and we’ll continue to look at the right times to launch each game. Bend Studio just released the PC version of Days Gone on May 18. So that’s about two years after the PS4 release.”

And look, it makes sense. Exclusive games are PlayStation’s bread and butter, and bringing games to PC is merely its way of broadening the overall audience. So it’s hardly surprising to hear him say that “releasing games on PC will not come ever at the expense of building an exciting lineup of great console games.”

To put it simply, why would Sony give away its exclusivity factor when it knows PC users will eventually jump at the opportunity to buy the games months or years later without it taking a hit to their enthusiasm?

However, I have one question for Mr Hulst: have you actually tried buying a PS5? In this economy? Good luck.

Unless you’re willing to sell an arm, a leg, your firstborn and a kidney to scalpers, you’re probably going to find yourself shit out of luck trying to actually get your hands on a console.

Heck, we’ve been checking in with all of the major retailers every week since the consoles first dropped, desperate for any word on when customers may have a shot at actually grabbing one. At this stage, it’s mostly crickets. And by the looks of it, we won’t be seeing supply recover until at least next year.

“I honestly don’t see this shortage getting better until next year,” Anshel Sag, Senior Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy told TechRadar of the ongoing shortage.

“A big component of these console shortages is the fact that these consoles’ CPU and GPU are manufactured on the same process node as AMD’s rapidly growing CPU and GPU businesses for PCs.”

Regardless of the crazy stock shortages, buying a PS5 is still the only way to play those exclusive games at launch. And if Hulst’s Q&A is anything to go off, it’ll stay that way.


  • “I mean it’s one banana, Michael, what could it cost, 10 dollars?”

    Out of touch executive has ‘People’ who can just get him what he wants when he wants it (‘shortages’ don’t apply to people like this), no concept of the limitations that apply to ordinary people.

  • I really don’t think it’s that hard if you follow the right people on Twitter, I have got 2 friends PS5’s in the last few weeks turning notifications on for alerts.

    • Oh god, who are the ‘right people’ on twitter? And do they have an ‘in’ on how to get series X boxen?

      • Stalk JB for their stock is all I can say (I was on some email/waiting list at one point, I think?). It was a bit convoluted, but I had no issues with paying the deposit or picking mine up. Once the stock comes in they text you and you pay for it and either pick it up or they ship it.

        • Hrm. I’ve been on their email lists since day one and never heard a peep out of them and going in-store just resulted in being referred to the same mailing list I already signed up to.

          I wonder if they’ve purged the list or something and I just need to sign up again, because they’ve given zero contact.

          Either that or Brisbane is shit out of luck and mailing lists only work for southern stock.

          • Try signing up again to the list, maybe with a different email. The list might very well have been purged if they’re dealing with bots or whatever (or someone accidentally nuked it, who knows?). It’s also possible it got filtered. Gmail in particular is notorious for hiding “promo” emails, even when that email is your early bird notice for a product.

            If you’re lucky it’s just the email service being brain dead.

  • This will all be fine in 2022/2023 when there’s enough exclusives (and I’m talking about BOTH consoles here) to start to feel like actually you’re missing out..

    There’s what? 2-3 exclusives on each console right now that are really top tier and maybe a couple more by the beginning of next year? And I’m talking exclusive to the current gen (Series S/X and Ps5) not stuff that’s coming to the older consoles as well..

    • No offence but what exclusives are there on Xbox for current Gen?

      I found the graphical updates of older titles and the few exclusives to PS5 to definitely warrant getting a new console.
      Returnal and Demon Souls is breathtaking and playing GOW at 60 FPS seems like the only way to play it now.

  • Whilst this is easy to say as an owner of a ps5, I don’t think it’s a big deal; the comments about the big name titles like horizon, God of war and GT7 coming to ps4 are still reassuring. You’re not missing out on the major titles – you can play them on ps4. You could also reasonably expect to have a decent shot at securing a ps5 by the time these games release given they too are being pushed back by the pandemic effects.

  • With my PS5 arriving last Monday after getting lucky with a Sony Australia drop, I have been hammering Demon’s Souls. But until those exclusives drop, its main draw will be the same as my Series X – quality of life improvements for last gen games.

    Pretty graphics are indeed great, but the load times and general improvements to older games are my MVP so far for both consoles. I look forward to finishing Ghost of Tsushima after Demon’s Souls as I only had a launch PS4. And then Nioh 2, Horizon Zero Dawn and some other older PS4 titles.

  • The only PS5 exclusive I’m interested in is the Maiden Demo for RE8… and I ended up just watching that on YouTube. 😛

    • Sony’s plan was to drop the PS4 immediately… it was Microsoft push to have games launched on their platform to have come with two versions and free “next gen upgrades” leading up to their release and post released that is saving the games industry at the moment.

      But Sony is stuck, they wanted their exclusives to be exclusive to PS5 to increase sales… now they have to backwards compatible new titles to PS4 to satisfy their customers who are alienated by the shortage.

      Creating now 4 console versions, plus a Switch and a PC version is putting strain and delays on game devs.

      • Sony has a tendency to keep support up for the previous gens after launch tho. PS2 and PS3 continued for years after their successors were out.

        Nintendo? They kill their current console as soon as the next is announced, sometimes sooner.

      • Just look at how well Intergrade was received. I think the overwhelming response from fans was “I’ll watch it on Youtube”. And if they spoil themselves on Youtube, will they still want to buy the game when they do have a PS5? Sony’s overall approach is so out of touch and devoid from any connection with reality that it’s going to hurt their future sales.

  • I picked up 2 PS5’s last week. If you’re waiting, but not on a waiting list, it’s your own fault. I put two deposits down, expecting one to come through and one I’d just get refunded – then they both turned up simultaneously. So, put down a deposit with your supplier(s) of choice and wait a couple of weeks. This ‘there’s no end in sight’ stuff is nonsense.

  • The PS5 is an exclusive in itself. Wonder how this ongoing capacitor shortage is going to augment this generation of consoles.

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