In an interview with AV Watch, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s head of platform planning, Hideaki Nishino, discussed the future of PS5, stating that the company has no intention of leaving more than 110 million players behind of PS4.
To be able to complete the transition to the next-gen console, Sony has estimated that it will take about three years, a period in which cross-gen video games from PS4 to PS5 will be fundamental to homogeneously address all Sony users and to be able to exploit in the best way the power and the new features introduced in the new generation platform.
According to Hideaki Nishino, this transition could last as long as three years, a period in which Sony intends to release as many video games as possible on both platforms, in order to blur the line between the two different generations of consoles as much as possible.
This means that the PlayStation 5 launch titles such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West will not be the only new generation titles to be released on PlayStation 4 as well, but many more will be released in the over the next few years.
In that sense, Nishino stated the following:
“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. 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. After a certain period of time, we ask developers to develop on the premise of ‘cross generation’ of PS4 and PS5. Of course, we also need to improve the library to make it easier.”