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Sony To Deliver A “Seamless” Transition From PS4 To PS5, Says PlayStation CEO

It’s a huge thing when a new generation of video game consoles launches. You’d need to port over all your saved games to the new machine, or ditch them entirely because the two systems are incompatible.

Sony PlayStation, however, aims to alleviate that and make the transition from the PS4 to the PS5 a smooth one. Aspects such as backwards compatibility are reportedly under development and to be made a key feature of the PS5, which is a huge step for gamers making the change to the new console.

Sony PlayStation’s CEO, Jim Ryan, elaborates on that further.

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“Whether it’s backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross-generational play, we’ll be able to transition that community to next-gen. It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be ether on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship.”

The leaked patent documents for backwards compatibility for the PS5, as well as Sony’s own reveal of the PS5’s enhanced loading speeds all reflect Ryan’s and Sony PlayStation’s sentiments.

The PS5 is also rumoured to have quite the sizeable lineup of launch titles, with heavy hitters such as The Last of Us Part 2, Cyberpunk 2020 and Ghost of Tsushima all slated to release next year.

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Despite not releasing handfuls of first-party games in recent years, Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden divulged their strategy to spend more time and money on making games that will make a bigger impact, critically and financially.

Sony PlayStation is hard at work at making the PS5 a console that will last longer than a typical 7-year lifespan with its ability to adapt its hardware and firmware to allow gamers to play their games on any console. This indeed is a sign that they are doing the “right things”, as quoted by Bethesda boss Todd Howard.

The PS5 won’t get any release date until after April 2020. While we won’t get anything from Sony in the next few weeks since they won’t be at E3 2019, there are other telltale signs that point towards its imminent launch in 2020 at least.


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