Sony Will Use Backward Compatibility To Ease Transition To PS5

During a corporate strategy meeting that Sony held recently, the PlayStation creator was generous in revealing details on the upcoming successor to the PS4. While most of the information presented was already revealed during the initial PS5 announcement, Sony explained how it plans to easily transition its players to the PS5.

Given that it will take some time for the PS5 to build up its own library of games during the early period after its release, Sony revealed that it will be using the PS4’s massive collection of games to encourage early adopters into purchasing the new console. "We will leverage backward compatibility to transition our community to next-gen faster and more seamlessly than ever before," Sony said during the presentation.

Of course, this revelation will surely delight current owners of the PS4 given that Sony promised more AAA games are on the way to the system. While Sony did not mention any game it wishes to use as leverage to encourage people to buy the PS5, it is assumed that highly-anticipated titles such as The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and the rest of the PS4's library will be used to entice players to switch to the PS5 as soon as its out.

Aside from backward compatibility, Sony confirmed again the PS5's hardware specifications that were revealed by Mark Cerny last month. The upcoming console is revealed to have a similar architecture to the PS4, which will also support any current version of the PlayStation VR. Furthermore, the PS5 will have an all-new CPU and GPU that will support ray tracing and 3D audio. The upcoming console will also be able to run 8K graphics in preparation for 8K TVs making their way to the market.


During the corporate strategy meeting earlier, Sony also showcased the loading and rendering speeds of the PS5 all thanks to the use of an SSD for storage rather than the hard drives found on the PS4. The demo showed the PS5 and the PS4 Pro running Insomniac's Spider-Man, with the PS5 loading 15 times faster than the Pro. The demonstration confirmed Mark Cerny's claims last month and served as the first preview as to what the PS5 is capable of.

Sony also talked about the future of game streaming and how it will impact the next-generation console. During the presentation, Sony hinted that it wants to make future PS5 owners see streaming in a similar light to physical discs and digital downloads, which will still be available on the upcoming console. The company intends to improve the quality of PlayStation Now and game streaming in general together with its chief competitor Microsoft, who will serve as Sony's partner to improve gaming and content streaming.

Unfortunately, Sony did not reveal more details beyond the PS5's hardware specifications and some of its features. The company is still keeping the PS5's price point and release date internally. However, it is still unclear where Sony plans to reveal these details to the public, given that it will be a no-show at this year's E3 conference.

Source: Sony

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