You play games, not hardware

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The PlayStation 5 has clear obstacles ahead of it. It already feels obsolete. That’s a bit unfair, to be sure – Google’s Stadia has yet to prove itself, after all, and the exact plans of Amazon and Microsoft remain uncertain. Still, the hype is in the air. Cloud gaming is coming and the people in charge of making game hardware, Sony included, seem convinced it’ll be a hit.

But don’t worry, PlayStation fans. There is hope.

Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has confidence that gamers will flock to PlayStation in all its forms. Why? The games. “I humbly submit that no competitor, existing or potential, can match us in these areas,” he said with confidence during Sony’s investor day. “These areas,” of course, are PlayStation’s original IP, brand, and community.

That, of course, is where Google’s Stadia and other similar services, like Nvidia’s GeForce Now, currently fall short. Google first demoed what would become Stadia by offering up access to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Project Stream. It worked well enough. But Assassin’s Creed is a cross-platform franchise. It’s available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC, as well as PC-based cloud gaming services and, in Japan, on Switch (again through cloud gaming). Few gamers will join Stadia just to play a game like Odyssey.