Allow a smooth transition to its next PlayStation console. This seems to be one of Sony‘s main goals for the upcoming years. The fact that Sony recently announced that the PS5 will be backward compatible is proof of this. And further confirmation arrived by words of Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, during an interview with CNET.
Ryan said that Sony are planning to offer players the chance to play on their PS4, and continue with it on PS5 if they decide to make the switch, by allowing “cross-generational play.” In the end, it will not matter if someone is playing on current or next-generation PlayStation. All the players will be able to play together.
“Whether it’s backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross generational play, we’ll be able to transition that community to next-gen,”
And then added:
“It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be either on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship.”
Sony sold almost 100 million PS4 consoles. About the current user base of PlayStation, Ryan said that currently there are 94 million players of active users, including 36 million subscribers to Sony‘s $10 per month PlayStation Plus.
“The community has never been bigger and it’s never been more engaged,”
“A lot of people we brought in, in 2013, are still with us. And the amount of time and money they invest in the platform is very humbling.”
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