Sony Confused About Cross-Gen Release Backlash

Jim Ryan Doesn’t See an Issue With Cross-Gen Games

During a recent interview, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan claimed that there’s no real reason people should get upset over PlayStation exclusives releasing for both PS4 and PS5. The PS5 titles have apparently been built from the ground up for the next-gen console despite being available on PS4. Ryan also reminded PlayStation fans that Sony is offering a free upgrade path for many PS4 titles similar to Xbox Smart Delivery. Horizon: Forbidden West and Spider-Man: Miles Morales are both confirmed to be released for both the PS4 and PS5.

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“No one should be disappointed,” said Jim Ryan. “The PS5 versions of those games are built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 feature set, and we have an upgrade path for PS4 users to get the PS5 versions for free. It’s about people having choice. I’m really quite pleased about the situation.” The messaging from Sony going into the next generation of consoles is similar to Microsoft going into the current-gen of consoles and it’ll be interesting to see if the confusion over backlash causes more backlash.

While PlayStation continues to show new games during PS5 Showcases, they eventually point out that many titles will be cross-generational. A lot of the gameplay reveals have been recorded using the PS5 architecture, but fans are still trying to piece together what PS5 titles will actually be exclusive to the next-gen PlayStation. Considering the upgrade path that PS4 fans have on next-gen, Jim Ryan may have a valid point about disappointed gamers, but those fans are still trying to find the game that makes a PS5 worth buying day one.

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