At the dawn of a new generation of hardware, console manufacturers are faced with an interesting dilemma: what to do when a new console launch essentially fragments your user base? Usually console manufacturers like Sony and Microsoft continue to offer support for previous generation consoles until the next generation, but generally they stop making exclusive games for these platforms. However, Microsoft plans to do something a little different with Xbox One and Xbox Series X, by displaying exclusive titles for Xbox Series X on older consoles.
Will Sony do something similar? This does not seem to be the case. After unveiling the PlayStation 5 logo at CES 2020 in January, Sony is now ready to host its next PS5 event on Thursday, June 4. The company has also confirmed that the next console will come with a number of PS5-exclusive games that cannot be played on older consoles.
This is what PlayStation boss Jim Ryan revealed when he declared that buyers of the new console will receive “something new, different, that can only be really appreciated on the PS5” In an interview with GamesIndustry, he said “We have always said that we believe in generations. We believe that when you go to the trouble of creating a next generation console, it should have features and benefits that the previous generation did not. And that we think people should create games that can make the most of these features“
With a 3.5 GHz AMD CPU based on Zen 2 architecture and a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU, the PlayStation 5 should obviously be more powerful than the 7-year-old PlayStation 4. However, the total unavailability of some new titles on the old console is probably more of a marketing strategy than a true reflection of the real hardware power of the two consoles.
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So if you’re a PlayStation 4 owner, don’t expect to see PlayStation 5 exclusives take the leap to your PS4. Sony is making an interesting break with Microsoft here, especially since the PlayStation 4 has joined the elusive club of 100 million sales to which only a few consoles belong. It’s a huge user base, and we’ll see how Sony manages to satisfy both clans.
Anyway, Ryan didn’t reveal anything more about the new titles, but at Sony’s business strategy meeting earlier this month, CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said the company will soon unveil a lineup compelling games for the next console. Rumor has it, Launch titles for PS5 could include Watch Dogs Legion, Godfall, FIFA 21 and Battlefield. An untitled Harry Potter RPG could also be an exclusive at launch.