Sony Wants To Move Players To PS5 As Quickly As Possible
Whatever your opinion on the current generation of consoles, there's no denying that Sony has had a pretty solid run with the PlayStation 4. Just last month it was revealed that the PS4 is now the second-best selling console of all time, ahead of the mighty Nintendo Wii and (some way) behind the PlayStation 2.
It makes sense then, that Sony would want to keep this gravy train rolling uninterrupted as it begins to prepare for the 2020 launch of the PS5. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has said that one of the company's main goals in the near-future is to get the PlayStation community from the current to next-gen a lot quicker than it has in the past.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz in a wonderfully fulsome interview, Ryan explained that the PlayStation brand is in such rude health thanks to the PS4. The only move that makes sense, in his opinion, is to capitalise on that love and get everyone who's so invested in the PS4 to grab themselves a PS5 as soon as possible.
"These are gamers who are networked and sticky and engaged and passionate about PlayStation to an extent that we've not seen in previous generations," he said. "As we move towards the next-generation in 2020, one of our tasks - probably our main task - is to take that community and transition it from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, and at a scale and pace that we've never delivered on before."
It's not entirely clear how Sony plans to do this, though it's likely that PS5 exclusives will play a key role in incentivising players to make the upgrade sooner rather than later. A huge factor in the success of the PS4, after all, was its incredible run of exclusive games. Highlights include Bloodborne, Marvel's Spider-Man, God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.
In the same interview, Ryan did suggest that Sony is working with several developers on a selection of exclusive games that could "make or break" the PS5. What these end up being is anyone's guess, but I'd imagine sequels to all of the above are a given, what with how well they all managed to sell. With the exception of maybe Bloodborne, as much as it hurts me to admit that.
The final two big exclusives for the PS4 - The Last Of Us Part II and Ghost Of Tsushima - will also likely be leveraged by Sony to sell the PS5.
Whether these games arrive as launch titles on the next-gen console as enhanced ports, or release a little later is anyone's guess... but it's almost certain that both will find their way to the PS5 before long.
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