If we are going next-generation, then we should truly go next-gen. In an interview with Gamesindustry, PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan shared his remarks on the question of making PS4 Games playable on PS5.
Jim Ryan said that when companies go through so much trouble making better hardware. Their primary focus is that it should be new hardware, and older features should not be a part of it. He further suggested, that developers should make most out of the newer hardware. Instead of worrying about cross-generation support.
“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.
His statements are also similar to what Mortal Kobmat Boss Ed Boon said. Ed mentioned that people are not paying attention to better hardware and zero loading time. Instead, fans are always talking about PS4 games being playable on PS5.
Jim’s statements are a reference to the PS5 Specs and a huge jump in technology. We learned that PS5 is 100 times faster than PS4. This is just to give you an idea, how huge of an upgrade these newer consoles would offer. Developers can really take advantage of such fast hardware, and make great games.
“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.”
Once again, he points out to the fact that we should really be focusing on PS5. Lastly, his statements are completely opposite to what Xbox is interested in. A few days ago, Xbox uploaded their blog that stated “Compatible Next-Gen Console with Thousands of Games at Launch”.
To clarify, Jim Ryan’s statement of PS4 Games running on PS5 is not their interest, does not mean PS4 games won’t be supported on PS5. In short, he meant that devs should focus on taking advantage of the hardware. We have already heard from Mark Cerny that PS5 will support around 100 PS4 titles.