Sony may finally be ready to focus on PS5 gaming and ditch the PS4

The image shows a PS4 floating in a blue void.

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decade old Playstation 4, released in 2013, has continued to receive big, new exclusives from Sony, even if those older ports feel outdated or inferior. But now, it finally looks like Sony is ready to move on and leave the old PS4 behind. Well, almost ready…

It’s somewhat hard to believe, but the PlayStation 5 was released over two years ago on November 12, 2020. However, the last few huge exclusives from Sony—Horizon: Forbidden West And God of War: Ragnarok– Released on PS5 as well as the elderly PS4. And while it was great that more people got the chance to play such big games, it also felt strange to see Sony still supporting this strange era of multi-generational games into 2023. This was the same company whose president, Jim Ryan, Notorious said in 2020 That Sony has always believed in “generations” is a response to Microsoft’s promise of long-term support for games across generations, meaning you can only be in one era at a time. Fast forward to early 2023, and in the meantime In 2022 Microsoft failed to ship… anything really For any generation of Xbox, Sony has released a handful of great titles. But most of them have been launched on both PS4 and PS5, seemingly going against Sony’s belief in separate and distinct generations.

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However, this finally seems to be changing based on New PlayStation trailer. In the new video posted yesterday, we see a montage of 23 games in 2023. And only eight of them are coming to both PS4 and PS5. And all exclusive Sony games, incl Spider-Man 2 and the horizon VR branch, bypassing PS4 completely.

Here are all the games and DLC expansions shown in the video:

  1. Final Fantasy 16 – PS5 only
  2. Horizon 2 DLC – PS5 only
  3. Spider-Man 2 – PS5 only
  4. Assassin’s Creed Mirage – PS5 / PS4
  5. Resident Evil 4 (Remake) – PS5 / PS4
  6. prophesied – PS5 only
  7. suicide squad – PS5 only
  8. dead space – PS5 only
  9. Excellent Blade – PS5 only
  10. Street Fighter 6 – PS4 / PS5
  11. Star Wars Jedi Survivor – PS5 only
  12. Alone in the dark – PS5 only
  13. Ultra firewall – PS5 / PSVR 2 only
  14. Pacific drive – PS5 only
  15. The fallen lords (2023) – PS5 only
  16. Horizon VR: The Call of the Mountain – PS5 / PSVR only
  17. Destiny 2: Lightfall – PS5 / PS4
  18. eternal – PS5 / PS4
  19. Farewell – PS5 / PS4
  20. The season is a message to the future – PS5 / PS4
  21. synchronization – PS5 only
  22. Hogwarts Legacy – PS5 / PS4
  23. Wild Hearts – PS5 only

If you’ve been paying attention over the past year, you’ve probably noticed that many third-party publishers and developers are also start the transition to the current generation, Leaving behind Xbox One and PS4 in the process. On the other hand, it is not surprising that Sony is.

But then again, it was just a few weeks ago that Sony released one of the biggest games of 2022—the new God of War—for both its shiny new PS5 and the aging PS4. And sure, the PS4 port of the game was great. In fact, it might be one of the most technically impressive games released on the old console, Perfect swan song for Sony. But after playing it for a few hours, it felt like the PS4 (and its fans) were struggling to keep up. So while I wasn’t shocked to see Sony publicly indicate that it’s finally giving up on the PS4, I’m still happy with the news.

I have to imagine that many developers are also willing to move on, without having to juggle the many different console specs between PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, One X, One S and Series X/S, and just focus on a few, bigger and nicer versions. An increasingly difficult game to make for a single platform.

It’s possible that Sony was reluctant to move forward into a PS5-only future when it was impossible for most of them to even buy the console. Things are starting to change on that front, and it’s getting bigger Easier and easier to disable the PS5. And as more people buy the upgraded console, it’s getting easier and easier to finally look forward to the next generation of games.

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