SIE Vice President Thinks You Can Expect PS4 Games Until 2023

PlayStation Studios, Sony's new umbrella for first-party titles, has been announced by SIE.
PlayStation Studios, Sony's new umbrella for first-party titles, has been announced by SIE. Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony’s next-gen console, the PlayStation 5, is finally available (in select countries). You can enjoy the new console with some amazing launch games today, assuming that you were able to secure a pre-order. However, you can still play some of those games on your years-old PlayStation 4 as well.

Sony has previously said that they will fully embrace the PS5 with new exclusives and will stop with PS4 exclusives. However, that promise didn’t last long as their recent releases like Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Spider-Man Miles Morales are also available on PS4. Their upcoming games like Horizon Forbidden West will also launch on both PS5 and PS4.

What does this mean? For how long can we expect major games to release on PS4? SIE Vice President Hideaki Nishino recently gave an interview with AV Watch where he talked about cross-gen titles. According to him, you can expect major publishers to release games on PS4 until 2023. This doesn’t mean that every major game will release on PS4, though. There are already several games that are exclusive to only next-gen consoles.

“It may not be easy to develop PS5-specific development from Day 1. For the time being, development for PS4 is also necessary,” Nishino said in the interview. “It's not a PlayStation unless you prepare a system that developers can [exploit] over several years, so I think there is great potential in the future.”

Nishino also said that they are insisting developers to adapt forward compatibility so that the transition becomes smoother. “In terms of compatibility, it is important to get PS4 titles on PS5, but I have insisted that forward compatibility (supplying the same titles to PS5 as PS4) is important. The current assumption is that the transition from PS4 to PS5 will take about three years,” Nishino further added. “In the meantime, how can I keep buying games on PS4? Can the purchased games be played on PS5? That is important. We ask developers to develop on the premise of "cross-generation" of PS4 and PS5.”

So what do you think? Will you be upgrading to a PS5 in the coming days? Or will you stick with your PS4 for now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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