As Sony begins to tease its next major console with the PlayStation 5, the clock has begun ticking on the PS4. It’s only a matter of time before development on games shifts completely from a PS4 focus, or even a split-gen focus, to wholly PlayStation 5 products.
It’s for that reason that gamers might be concerned about upcoming Sony exclusives and whether they may skip the PS4 and launch for PS5. Luckily, Sony has confirmed that games like The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima will be PS4 titles.
During a quarterly financial report, Sony CEO Jim Ryan promised that the PlayStation 4 still has an “outstanding roster of exclusive AAA games still to come,” and showcased the three aforementioned titles. At present, those are really the major PS4 exclusives in the works that Sony has announced, with some sequels like Horizon Zero Dawn 2 and God of War 2 rumored to be in various stages of development.
It’s actually surprising, though, to hear that games like Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding are still targeting PS4. Both games are expected to be at least a year away, if not more. Death Stranding is especially mysterious given that its director, Hideo Kojima, loves to keep fans waiting as long as possible, and then some.
But while these games are in the works for PS4, that doesn’t mean they won’t release before the PS5 does. Since the PS5 is reportedly completely backward compatible with the PS4, gamers can play any PS4 title on their PS5 and even reap the benefits of the boosted technology. Sony showed how much better a PS4 title could run on PS5 with a Spider-Man demo that loaded 15 times faster and streamed the open world environment with no lag.
Taking things a step further, it’s also possible that games like The Last of Us 2 will have added bonuses on PS5 like better frame rate or higher resolution textures. Think of it like a PS4 game running on a PS4 Pro, which offers support for HDR and modes like “Performance” to boost frame rate.