Sony Resting “On Their Laurels” With PS5, Says Former PlayStation Developer

Chris Grannell has some strong opinions on Sony's next system.

Posted By | On 23rd, Apr. 2020

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We know the general stats of both next generation consoles, and of course, that has stroked the flames of the never-ending console warring online. People have looked at all the numbers, which systems has the most this or the most that. It seems the general consensus is the Xbox Series X has a little more under the hood than the PS5, but who really knows until the final products are on the shelf. One man who used to be pretty connected to PlayStation seems to think Sony is maybe not 100% with their next console.

Chris Grannell worked for 14 years at the European PlayStation arm, was a Senior Designer for the WipeOut series, and worked at Guerrilla Games for a few years. He’s now freelance, and was on a podcast called RDX podcast. He’s had a few strong opinions about the upcoming PS5, especially in comparison to Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. While he does say the PS5 is “a beast,” he does feel like there’s a noticeable difference between the two systems and feels like Sony is resting on their laurels, even comparing this to the PS3 era, where Sony infamously made huge fumbles (thanks to VGC for transcribing the talk, and you can see the full podcast linked below).

“PS5 is not a bad console, it’s an absolute beast of a piece of hardware, but it’s just a piece of hardware which is slower on numerous kind of paths than what Microsoft has put together.

“I think Sony has kind of rested on their laurels a little bit. They’ve got this massive market share and lead and they’ve done a kind of PS3 is what I’ve been hearing. It’s not that bad in terms of hardware and complications and things like that, but just a little bit of they didn’t really kind of appreciate what Xbox were going to try and do in terms of this power narrative.”

While Garnell hasn’t been with the PlayStation brand for awhile, it’s interesting to get a perspective from someone who was once on the inside. In the end, both systems will probably be fine and dandy, though I’m sure that will never be enough for some people.

Edit Note: It was my mistake that RDX podcast was ran by Grannell. He was, in fact, only a guest on said podcast. The language was changed to reflect this in the above article.


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