New PS4 games will still be released for three years after PS5 launch says Sony

Sony has suggested that they will wait three years before focusing only on the PlayStation 5, with more cross-gen games to come.

For most of the build-up to the PlayStation 5 launch, Sony was keen to emphasise the importance of next gen exclusives and a clear divide between generations – especially as that created a key point of difference with the Xbox Series X/S.

But in a curious U-turn, which they still haven’t spoken about properly, they announced that a number of PlayStation 5 games, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West would also be released on PlayStation 4.

Many fans were upset at that news, as it implied the games would be held back by the technical limitations of the PlayStation 4, but it seems things won’t go next gen-only for quite a while yet.

PlayStation’s head of platform planning, Hideaki Nishino, discussed the issue with AV Watch and, according to a translation by TweakTown, implied that Sony will continue to make new first party PlayStation 4 titles for some time to come.

‘In terms of compatibility, it is important to move PS4 titles on PS5, but I have insisted that forward compatibility (supplying the same titles as PS5 to PS4) is important,’ said Nishino.

‘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? Can the purchased games be played on PS5? That is important,’ he added.

‘At a certain time, we ask developers to develop on the premise of ‘cross generation’ of PS4 and PS5.’

Presumably cross-gen title will become the minority over time but the only next gen-only first party titles at launch for the PlayStation 5 are Demon’s Souls and free game Astro’s Playroom.

Upcoming game Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is also a PlayStation 5 exclusive, but the status of other already-announced games is unclear.

Sony’s policy is now much closer to that of Microsoft, who made it clear that they would not release a game that ran only on Xbox Series X/S until a year or two after launch (although third party games, such as The Medium, are free to do so).

It all suggests a much slower migration to the next gen than has previously been the norm, perhaps influenced by the knowledge that, thanks to the coronavirus, many will not be able to afford to make the leap as originally planned.

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