PS4 Still Has "A Ton Of Life" Despite PS5's Upcoming Launch, Sony Says

Just because the PlayStation 5 is on the horizon doesn't mean the PlayStation 4 is done.


The Game Awards show host Geoff Keighley, during his PlayStation 5 DualSense hands-on preview, sat down with PlayStation senior vice president Eric Lempel, where they briefly discussed both current-gen and next-gen games and hardware. It seems that, though the PS5 is still on track to launch this holiday season, the PS4's life cycle isn't over just yet.

When asked about "exclusive experiences" designed specifically for the PlayStation 5 and how that development pipeline might affect the PlayStation 4's gaming output, Lempel assured fans that the current-gen system still has "a ton of life" in it.

"PlayStation 4 is a big part of everything we do and it will continue to be a big part of everything we do," Lempel said. "There's a lot more to come on PlayStation 4. I think, most recently, we're seeing some of the greatest titles this generation have released in recent weeks, but that will continue. And, again, PlayStation 5 is the next-generation product, but again, we've got a lot to come for people on PlayStation 4. [There's] still a ton of life in that product."

You can check out the DualSense preview and Lempel interview below.

Two of the biggest games to have released recently were Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II and Sucker Punch Productions' Ghost of Tsushima, which just released today. It's unclear if either game will hit PlayStation 5 in the future.

While PlayStation hasn't clarified its cross-generation pollination, Microsoft's approach is looking substantially more player-friendly. According to Xbox boss Phill Spencer, the company's first-party studios can decide if they want to build Series X exclusives or not. Additionally, at least for the "next couple of years," there will be no Series X exclusives, meaning you won't have to upgrade to the next-gen console to play games like Halo Infinite or Senua's Saga: Hellblade II.

In other PlayStation 5 news, Sony has announced plans to ramp up production on the next-gen console, increasing manufacturing so that there are 9-10 million units ready to ship this holiday. You can check out our PlayStation 5 pre-order guide to make sure you're prepared for when Sony announces an official launch date and pricing info.

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