It is no surprise we are learning more about the next-generation PlayStation, after all, the console will supposedly release sometime in 2020, with multiplayer a key selling point.
At a recent investors’ meeting, where the impressive load times of the PS5 was shown off, the topic of backwards compatibility was brought up, as well as the possibility of cross-generation multiplayer.
“Backwards compatibility, in a networked era, becomes something that is incredibly powerful,” newly appointed Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and president Jim Ryan stated (as reported by GamesRadar).
“Because the gaming community is somewhat tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility gives us the opportunity to migrate that community from PlayStation 4 to next-gen using the ability to play the PS4 games they have on their next-generation console. We think it’s incredibly important.”
SIE deputy president John Kodera also chimed in on cross-platform multiplayer: “Cross-generation the community can enjoy the games together.” While it is not an outright confirmation, at least we know it is being looked at and worked on.
This would also mean early adopters and those staying on the PlayStation 4 will not be locked out of playing with each other. Not only do you get a potentially bigger pool of players to play with, but also with the advantage of faster load times and other tech improvements on the next generation console.
For now, we will have to wait for further details as E3 2019 gets nearer, perhaps PlayStation and Sony will pull a surprise and announce something during that period, just like their partnership with Microsoft to pursue cloud gaming solutions.