Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, found himself among a heated mass of fans after a quote that seemed to reject the old games. However, in a recently published interview, Axios Ryan says he did not want to “disrespect our heritage.”
This infamous quote was taken from a 2017 Time Magazine interview. Ryan talked about being at a Gran Turismo event that showcased work on the franchise for all generations of consoles. “And the PS1 and PS2 games,” Ryan said, “they looked ancient, like why would anyone play this?”
Ryan recently commented on backward compatibility, a controversial topic that now looks at the PlayStation’s dull approach versus Microsoft’s overarching approach to the feature. “When we tried backward compatibility, I can say that this is one of those features that are very much in demand, but really little used,” Ryan said.
In a conversation with Axios, Ryan said he was “a little disappointed that they still remember it,” with regard to the Gran Turismo quote. “I was trying to highlight – obviously not very well – how great the PS4 version looked and how far the series has come,” Ryan continued.
Whether or not Ryan was dismissive of games from older PlayStation consoles is definitely Sony’s intention. While the Xbox Series X and S can run games starting from the original Xbox, the PlayStation 5 can only run PlayStation 4 games through backward compatibility.
However, this is not really a problem for most gamers as it is still difficult to get your hands on the PS5 just plain. Ryan also recently commented on the ongoing hardware shortage, saying PS5 production will increase significantly over the summer.