PS5: unlike players, Sony does not want to abandon the PS4

PS5: unlike players, Sony does not want to abandon the PS4

Hermen Hulst, boss of PlayStation Studios, gave a series of interviews in France and abroad to talk about Sony Interactive Entertainment’s strategy in various areas. The subject of cross-gen games between the PS5 and the PS4 notably came to the table. Be careful, the answer will displease those who campaign for new-gen exclusions.

It’s not the end of cross-gen PS5 and PS4 games

In a conversation with AxiosHermen Hulst confirms what some feared: there will still be cross-gen games beyond 2023. Sony indeed refuses to drop the 117.2 million PS4 players, but the release of titles straddling the two generations will be done “on a case-by-case basis”.

We obviously don’t want to forget about the millions of active players on PS4, and we want to make sure there are great games for them as well. We assess this on a case-by-case basis.

Hermen Hulst, boss of PlayStation Studios, via Axios.

A statement that goes in the direction of a previous slide of the company where the end of first-party PS4 games was rather estimated for 2025. The boss of PlayStation Studios does not go into details, but it may be that the Cross-gen titles are partly about service games that need a large community at launch.

Between new-gen exclusions and optimization

Despite this desire not to cut the cord with the PlayStation 4 yet, pure and hard PS5 exclusions are already on the manufacturer’s calendar. Two Insomniac Games productions: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 in 2023 and Marvel’s Wolverine at an undetermined date (but not before 2024). In case of future announcements of The Last of Us 3 and Horizon 3, we also see them very badly arriving on PS4.

PlayStation studios are also committed to optimizing their productions as much as possible. This was the case ofHorizon Forbidden West and it will soon be the turn of God of War Ragnarok who will deliver his ultimate slap on PlayStation 5.

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