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

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

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The decade PlayStation 4, released all the way back in 2013, continues to get big, new exclusives from Sony, even if those old-gen ports seem dated or subpar. But now it finally looks like Sony is ready to move on and leave the aging PS4 behind. Well, almost done…

It’s kind of hard to believe, but the PlayStation 5 was released more than two years ago on November 12, 2020. Yet Sony’s last few massive exclusives—Horizon: The Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok— were released on the PS5 as well as the aging PS4. And while it was nice that more people got the chance to play these big games, it was also strange to see Sony continue to maintain this strange era of cross-generational gaming until 2023. This was the same company whose boss, Jim Ryan , infamously in 2020 that Sony has always believed in “generations” in 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 until Microsoft in 2022 failed to really deliver…anything for each generation of Xbox, Sony publishes several big titles. But most launched on both PS4 and PS5, which seems to go against Sony’s belief in separate, distinct generations.

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However, this finally seems to be changing based on new trailer from PlayStation. In the new video posted yesterday, we see a montage of 23 games coming out in 2023. And only eight of them are coming to both PS4 and PS5. And all exclusive Sony games, incl Spiderman 2 and on Horizon VR spin-off, skip PS4 entirely.

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

  1. Final Fantasy 16 – Only for PS5
  2. Horizon 2 DLC – Only for PS5
  3. Spiderman 2 – Only for PS5
  4. Assassin’s Creed Mirage – PS5/PS4
  5. Contagious evil 4 (Remake) – PS5/PS4
  6. The prophesied – Only for PS5
  7. Suicide Squad – Only for PS5
  8. Dead space – Only for PS5
  9. Star Blade – Only for PS5
  10. Street fighter 6 – PS4/PS5
  11. Star Wars Jedi Survivor – Only for PS5
  12. Alone in the dark – Only for PS5
  13. Ultra Firewall – For PS5/PSVR 2 only
  14. Pacific Drive – Only for PS5
  15. Lords of the Fallen (2023) – PS5 only
  16. Horizon VR: Call of the Mountain – Only for PS5/PSVR
  17. Destiny 2: Lightfall – PS5/PS4
  18. Eternal nights – PS5/PS4
  19. Bye – PS5/PS4
  20. Season Letter to the Future – PS5/PS4
  21. SynDuality – Only for PS5
  22. The Hogwarts legacy – PS5/PS4
  23. Wild hearts – Only for PS5

If you’ve been paying attention over the past year, you’ve probably noticed that many third-party publishers and developers are starting the transition to the current generation, leaving the Xbox One and PS4 behind in the process. So, on the one hand, it’s no surprise that Sony is, too.

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, a perfect swan song for the Sony machine. But after playing it for a few hours, I felt that the PS4 (and its fans) struggled to keep up. So while I’m not shocked to see Sony signal so publicly that it’s finally giving up on the PS4, I’m still happy about the news.

I have to imagine that many developers are also willing to move on without having to balance so 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, better-looking versions of games that are becoming increasingly difficult to create even for a single platform.

It’s likely that Sony was hesitant to move forward with a PS5-only future while it was impossible for most to even buy the console. Things are starting to change on that front, and for the better easier and easier to grab 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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