Cross-Gen PlayStation Exclusives Are Being ‘Built from the Ground Up’ for PS5

Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan has reassured fans that, although some of PlayStation 5’s biggest upcoming exclusives will also appear on PS4, the PS5 versions will be “built from the ground up” to take advantage of the new hardware.Speaking to The Telegraph, Ryan wanted to address concerns some had over PS5 games like Horizon Forbidden West, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure also coming to PS4“The first thing to say is that our PS5 experiences or versions of these games are built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 feature set,” Ryan explained. “So I think offering a PS5 version of these games for the PS5 community and then a PS4 version of these games to the PS4 community, I don’t see what’s wrong with that.”

Ryan previously spoke about the importance of the over 100 million PlayStation 4 owners and how it was “crucial” to keep serving these people for years to come, and he echoed those thoughts in this interview.

“We’ve got a community of PS4 gamers 100 million-strong. It would be wrong to walk away from those people too early. And they’ve been engaged with their PS4s this year under lockdown to a greater extent than at any point over the course of the cycle. They’re using their PlayStations. They’re happy with their PlayStations. Why would we stop giving them games?”

Confirmed PlayStation 5 Games

As for how long PlayStation fans can expect to see these cross-generational exclusives, Sony’s SVP of Global Product Strategy and Management Hideaki Nishino did mention that the full generational transition from PS4 and PS5 “will take about three years.”

The next big known exclusive for PS5 is set to be the 2021 sequel to 2018’s God of War, yet there has been no word as whether or not Santa Monica Studios will also be bringing Kratos and Atreus’ next adventure to PS4.

Speaking of games appearing on PS4 and PS5, if you purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PS5, you may have been accidentally playing the PS4 version, and we’re here to help make sure you are playing the proper next-gen version.

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