PlayStation 5 will be released in November 2020. And what about PS4? With a user base of over 110 million, how long will games be on Sony’s console?
PlayStation 4, the most successful console of this generation, and one of the best-selling in history, will have a successor in a few days. PlayStation 5 will be released on November 12 in the US or Japan, and November 19 in Europe and the rest of the world.
It will be accompanied by games as interesting as Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls Remake The Sackboy A Big Adventure. Other cross-platform games, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War The Cyberpunk 2077 They will also debut on the new console. And in the future we find things like Final Fantasy XVI, God of War 2 Y Horizon Forbidden West.
However, not everyone will want or be able to make the generational leap this year. If this is your case, surely you are wondering how long they will keep releasing PS4 games.
You shouldn’t worry: PS4 is going to disappear overnight. To begin with, for more than obvious reasons: PS4 has a base of more than 110 million users worldwide. It is a huge source of income that nobody, neither Sony nor the third party, they will want to waste (And it’s probably what gives companies an economic boost in the next few years, as it’s rare to start producing and selling a console without taking losses).
Jim Ryan himself, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, stated that “They will continue to support PS4 for three to four years after the PS5 launch.” Of course, their words refer to technical support or online services, which does not mean that the new games they make are going to come out on PS4.
For a long time, Sony advocated a position that emphasized the importance of generational leaps. A new generation, a new console, is the opportunity to offer new gaming experiences, and therefore it would not make sense to release the new games on the old consoles.
However, we were recently surprised to learn that three of the first games that were announced for PS5 (Miles Morales, Sackboy and Horizon 2) would also come out on PS4. With the exception of Demon’s Souls Y Destruction All Stars, PS5 will have very few real exclusives in its first few months of life (although the 2021 release schedule remains up in the air).
For 2021 there are three big new Sony games planned, that we know of: Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, God of War 2 Y Horizon Forbidden West. The first two do seem to be completely exclusive to PS5, but the sequel to Alloy’s adventures will be playable on our old PS4s.
The multiplatform gaming landscape is even kinder to PS4. All of the great cross-platform games already mentioned are coming out on PS4. And for next year, titles like Far Cry 6, Riders Republic, Gotham Knights o Hogwarts Legacy they will also be intergenerational.
The goal of third parties, in the end, is to maximize profits. And for the first few months or even years, launching a game only on the most modern consoles is losing a huge audience segment. Even Capcom, who announced Resident Evil Village As a next-gen only game, it has announced that it is working on versions for PS4 and Xbox One (although they are not entirely confirmed).
In the end, it will depend more on demand than technical limitations. Demand for PS4 is higher in 2020 than demand for PS3 in 2013, in the previous generational jump. And yet we continue to find deliveries of annual sagas like Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed on old consoles for a year or two after the arrival of their successors.
On the other hand, that PS5 is backward compatible With PS4 it means that PS4 games will never become useless if we replace the console, something that did not happen with the move from PS3 to PS4 and which resulted in a whole collection of remasters of previous generation games.
To all this, we must add games like Prince of Persia Remake The Star Wars Squadrons, that to this day, they do not have a specific version announced for PS5 (but of course we can play them on the new console).
2021 will be a year of transition. Sony’s internal studios will focus all their efforts on PS5, but the third parties won’t be in such a rush. And while the first truly exclusive games of the new generation begin to arrive (looking to 2022 that has, for example to Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad game, exclusive to the next gen), we will still have a lot to do on our PS4.