Sony is all set to launch the PlayStation 5 this holiday season, but while Microsoft is starting to kill of production of the Xbox One, PlayStation is clear that there’s still a lot to come for the PS4 and has even gone so far as to say there’s still a lot of life left in the console. Strange? Perhaps, but it’s not as strange as you might think.
Eric Lempel, the Worldwide Head of PlayStation Marketing discusses the company’s outlook on the PS4 at the end of Today’s Summer Games Festival DualSense reveal. Lempal made it very clear that the PS4 was still important to the company and that PS4 owners shouldn’t worry if they can’t upgrade right when the PS5 launches.
“We believe that all of these things combined, as well as all the other great PS5 features we’ve spoken about, really lead to a next-generation experience. And in many cases, we can’t take everybody with us from previous consoles into that experience. You need new hardware, you need new devices to experience what these developers want you to experience.”
And while that makes a lot of sense, Lempal pushed on the idea that the PS4 will continue to be a major part of what the company does well into the future. How far into the future remains to be seen, but he seems pretty adamant that it will be a fair amount of time.
“PlayStation 4 is a big part of everything we do, and will continue to be a big part of everything we do. There’s a lot more to come from PlayStation 4. I think we’re seeing some of the greatest titles of this generation release in recent weeks, and that will continue. PlayStation 5 is the next-generation product, but we’ve got a lot to come for people on PlayStation 4. There’s still a ton of life in that product.”
And, while this might sound good to those that aren’t hard-pressed to upgrade this year or even next, it should go without saying that you won’t be getting the best PlayStation can offer without a next-gen console. New PS4 games are required to support PS5, so logic would dictate that, for at least a little while, all PlayStation games will be backward compatible. There won’t be any more exclusives for the PS4 outside of anything that’s been submitted already this year, but Sony still isn’t abandoning the PS4 quite yet.