Sony Exploring PS5 Cross-Gen Play With PS4 Because of Backward Compatibility


Backward compatibility is “extremely highly effective” for bringing gamers to next-gen.

Sony advised it’s exploring PlayStation 5 cross-gen play with PlayStation four because of backward compatibility in its next-generation console.

Throughout a Sony Investor Relations Day 2019 Q&A session, PlayStation heads indicated PS5 might embody cross-gen play with PS4 gamers via the PS5’s backward compatibility options, suggesting folks taking part in PS4 video games on their PS5 would nonetheless have the ability to play on-line with others who’re utilizing a PS4, or probably even play cross-gen titles throughout these programs.

Deputy president of Sony Interactive Leisure John Kodera stated via a translator, “Having compatibility is a optimistic factor. Not solely can a sport be performed on the next-generation console, cross-generation – the group can benefit from the video games collectively… bridging that compatibility has an important position to play.”

Previous to this quote, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Leisure Jim Ryan commented on PS5’s backward compatibility, saying “Backwards compatibility in a networked period is one thing that’s extremely highly effective. The gaming group is considerably tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility offers us the chance emigrate that group from PlayStation four to next-gen, utilizing the flexibility to play the PS4 video games that they’ve on their next-generation console [with] teams of 10, 20, 50 players. We see this, given the dimensions of the group that we’ve been capable of accumulate over all these years on PS4, as a extremely crucial success issue for us – we expect it’s actually vital.”

Previous to this Q&A, a video of Sony’s next-gen console efficiency was demonstrated, displaying its loading occasions compared to the PS4’s. This video spurred a variety of fan questions concerning the PS5, together with value, its utilization of an SSD, and extra.

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