In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz that went live after Sony announced their ‘Future of Gaming’ event earlier this morning, Sony’s President Jim Ryan has confirmed that it’ll be taking the opposite approach to next-gen games than Xbox.
Jim Ryan said that whilst Sony knows that only a small percentage of PS4 owners will convert to PS5 at launch, they still believe in generations and that when you go to the trouble of creating a whole new console, developers should be able to utilise features that are exclusive to that console that the previous generation does not include.
He went on to say that “We are thinking that it is time to give the PlayStation community something new, something different, that can really only be enjoyed on PS5”.
This is quite the opposite to what Microsoft appear to be doing with the Xbox Series X. They have confirmed that launch titles such as Halo: Infinite and any first-party games that launch in the first few years will also be playable on the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.
“We have always said that we believe in generations. We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include. And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features.
“We do believe in generations, and whether it’s the DualSense controller, whether it’s the 3D audio, whether it’s the multiple ways that the SSD can be used… we are thinking that it is time to give the PlayStation community something new, something different, that can really only be enjoyed on PS5.”