While Sony is not attending E3 2019 this following week, Sony’s Jim Ryan, who recently stepped into the position of SIE president, sat down with CNET to discuss some of Sony’s high-level plans for its next console, believed to be the PlayStation 5 a.k.a (PS5).
One of the major points was what Ryan reffered to as “cross-generational play.” Meaning those who own the Playstation 5 (or whatever it is later called), can continue playing their Favourite Playstation 4 games on the new console. It doesn’t stop at that, but Ryan prompt that PlayStation friends list will span across both systems.
“Whether it’s backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross generational play, we’ll be able to transition that community to next-gen,” he said. “It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be either on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship.”
This is a big deal because the PS4 doen’t currently offer backwards compatibility. Ryan said in a previous interview that the backwards compatibility and cross-gen play is “incredibly important” to make the transition between the systems as easy as possible.
Also in the interview, Ryan talked about how the PS5 is capable of rendering 4K visuals at 120Hz for those who have TVs that can support it. 120Hz is a refresh rate which is around double the rate of standard TVs.
Ryan also confirmed that the PS5’s new SSD which was custom-made for the system will be part of the standard edition, and not an expensive premium version. The SSD will allow the PS5 to improve load times.
It sounds like the PS5 remains to be a long time off, as Ryan stated, “This is just the start of the unveil process.” There is no word yet as to when Sony could Officially announce the console.
As part of Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting recently, Sony said the PS5 will offer experiences that “greatly exceed” what is possible on the older consoles. Sony said people can expect “completely transformative and immersive gaming experiences“ on the new PS5 console.
The PlayStation 5 will have a “good” price point given its specs, according to Cerny, but there is no particular estimate yet regarding what the price may be. As for the release date of the PlayStation 5, Sony has said it will not be released in the next fiscal year, which means it won’t launch April 2020 .