PlayStation chief says it “doesn’t rule out PS4 versions of its games” after 2023

Well, there are over 117 million consoles out there.

Some PlayStation 5 owners who want more PS5 exclusives may be disappointed. While the number of games that are only available on the big white console is increasing, albeit slowly, it seems Sony isn’t ready to give up on the previous generation yet.

Talking to AxiosPlayStation Studios president Herman Hulst said PS4 versions of its games could continue to move into 2023 and even beyond. “We definitely don’t want to forget the millions of active players on PS4, and we want to ensure we have great games for them too,” he said in the newsletter. “We are evaluating it on a case-by-case basis.”

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This is in stark contrast to suggestions made by group boss Jim Ryan a few years ago, who seemed to suggest the PS5 would be a complete break from the previous generation when he said PlayStation “believes in generations.” Since then, the likes of Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West have crossed, and so will the upcoming God of War Ragnarok.

However, the PS4 install base is still huge, with the final count of the total number of console sold (as of March 2022) reaching 117.2 million units. This makes the PS4 one of the most successful consoles ever, with only its predecessor the PS2 (over 155 million). However, it does have the Nintendo Switch as a competitor, which has sold over 111 million units (yes, Game Boy and Game Boy Color together also beat PS4, but they’re not home consoles).

As it stands, the number of first-party exclusives on PS5 has yet to hit half a dozen games in the nearly two years since its release. It has some notable features though, in games like Returnal, Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart and Astro’s Playroom, but it’s quite a thin list. However, PS5 still isn’t that easy to get hold of, not to mention the cost, so the millions of PS4 owners out there could take some at Hulst’s words.

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