Sony repeats its intention to continue supporting PS4 for years, including offering intergenerational games (from third party studios, at least) on PS4 and PS5. They expect the transition to last three years … even if that means that the games don’t get the most out of the PS5.
During the months leading up to the launch of PlayStation 5, Sony insisted a lot on the concept of “generational leap”. Although PS5 is committed to backward compatibility with its predecessor (maintaining almost all games and most of its accessories and services), with each new console they want to mark a new point, reinforcing the feeling of novelty.
However, Sony does not want to forget about PS4, even more so being one of its most successful consoles: more than 110 million consoles sold since 2013. And the main way to keep a console alive is with games.
In an interview for the Japanese outlet AV Watch, Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has reiterated the need to continue to support PS4 … even if it means that games, being intergenerational, do not get the most out of PS5 and its technology.
Referring to the PS5 SSD, which allows to optimize development so that many more elements can be included in the game without loading times, Nishino spoke about how third-party studios are using this technology, which make games for many devices at the same time, including PC and mobile phones.
Although many developers are willing to develop with SSD (it is easier and they have more possibilities), it seems that Sony is asking not to forget the PS4. “In fact, it may not be easy to develop specific content for PS5 from day one.. For now, developing for PS4 is still necessary. “
“The current assumption is that the transition from PS4 to PS5 will take about three years. In the meantime, how can I keep buying games on PS4? “In addition to backwards compatibility, being able to offer PS4 games on PS5, Nishini talked about the reverse, something like” forward compatibility “, that is, offer the same PS5 games on PS4.
He concluded by saying that they are asking developers to develop on the ‘cross-generation’ premise on PS4 and PS5. It does not specify whether it refers to third-party studios or its own studios, although those may have more flexibility to develop exclusive PS5 games.
Sony’s launch catalog for PS5 only includes a PS5 exclusive first party game (Demon’s Souls). Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales and Sackboy A Great Adventure are playable on PS4, albeit with major improvements on PS5.
Sony’s provisional catalog of games for 2021 includes Horizon Forbidden West (also on PS4), Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart (exclusive to PS5) and two other games currently available. are expected only for PS5, but it has not been denied that they can be released on PS4: Gran Turismo 7 and God of War Ragnarok.
PS5 will be released on November 19 in Europe, and we already offered you our analysis.
Source: AV Watch, VGC