Sony confirms that Playstation 5 will have Cross-Generation Play. Players can switch seamlessly to the PS5, but can also return to the PS4 without problems thanks to shared saves and backwards compatibility.
Sony’s PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says in an interview with CNET that when transitioning to the next generation of consoles, it doesn’t matter whether players play on a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. PS4 savegames are backwards compatible and PS4 games can also be played in their entirety on Sony’s next console.
“Whether it’s backwards compatibility or the ability to play cross-gen, we’ll be able to transfer the community to the next generation,” says Ryan. “It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be on Playstation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship,”
In the interview, Ryan did not want to say anything about Sony’s plans for a new PlayStation VR, except that he thinks that virtual reality has the potential to be a meaningful part of the future of interactive entertainment. According to him, the current generation of VR has exceeded Sony’s expectations.
4K AND 120 FPS
Although Ryan still doesn’t mention PlayStation 5 by name, he says the console supports 120fps in a 4K resolution. He also says that the SSD compiled by Sony is part of the basic model, so that everyone can experience faster loading times. Recently a video appeared of how significant the difference is with Spider-Man on the PS4 Pro and PS5.
Earlier, system architect Mark Cerny released some of the specifications of the PlayStation 5. The console will support ray-tracing 3D audio and an 8K resolution. The PS5 also naturally gets a better video card and processor, although it is not yet known which exactly.
Unfortunately, Ryan did not want to speak in accordance with a possible PSVR successor. According to him, the medium is still a meaningful part of the future of interactive entertainment.
No XBOX PLAYSTATION
Jim Ryan also recently spoke with Financial Times about Sony’s strategy. In it he says that from this year onwards, the company is focusing on streaming to promote PlayStation Now. Currently, the service has less than a million users, but Sony wants to increase this number by adding more content and making the service more valuable.
The collaboration with Microsoft is important to expand PlayStation Now, whereby Ryan also responds to speculation about a possible further collaboration. According to him, there is ‘no scenario in which Sony and Microsoft combine their platforms’. According to him, PlayStation and Xbox remain separate consoles and brands.
Sony released the first official details about the PlayStation 5 in mid-April. Sony’s system architect Mark Cerny announced that the console will receive a third-generation AMD Ryzen CPU with eight cores and a gpu based on the Navi architecture. Furthermore, the console gets a fast SSD, there is the possibility to use physical media and there is support for raytracing.
The PlayStation 5 is expected in 2020.