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News video games 11 November 2020, 14:40

author: Paul Musiolik

Cross-gen Games will be Developed for Several More Years

A lot of water may pass under the gaming bridge before developers stop supporting PlayStation 4. Sony Interactive Entertainment's vice president has admitted that the company actively encourages the development of games for both generations of consoles.

  1. The PS5 will launch on November 12 or 19, depending on the region.
  2. Sony does not treat this date as the moment of ending support for the PS4.
  3. Cross-gen games will be developed for probably three more years.

Cross-gen games will stay with us for longer. Such declaration appears in an interview with Hideaki Nishino, fragments of which we quoted yesterday. If someone was hoping for a quick flood of exclusive PS5 games, they will feel disappointed.

In an interview for AV Watch, Sony Interactive Entertainment's vice president admitted that he expects a long transition from the current generation to the new one. The reason? It's going to take a lot of time for developers to understand the hardware, and it's more sensible for them to write games that will appear on both the PS4 and the PS5.

"Creating dedicated PS5 games can be difficult at the beginning, so PS4 versions may be necessary. The strength of PlayStation is that developers can explore the capabilities of the hardware over the years. The potential of the console is enormous.

We are currently assuming that the transition from PS4 to PS5 will take approximately three years. In the meantime, it is important to ensure that players can buy the games on PS4. Make sure they run smoothly on PS5. We have asked developers to develop games with both generations in mind."

Of course this doesn't mean that we won't see any games being developed from scratch on PlayStation 5 in the next three years, with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Gran Turismo 7 will appear in the first half of 2021. The largest number of games being developed with both generations in mind is expected from multiplatform game publishers. As long as it is profitable for them, that is.

  1. PS5 Review - A Promise of a Better Tomorrow
  2. PlayStation 5 - official website
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