Sony Wants A Faster Shift From PS4 To PS5 Than In Previous Generations

Sony is aiming for "a scale and a pace that we've never delivered on before" for players adopting the PS5.

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The PlayStation 4 has been a huge seller for Sony, recently becoming the second-best selling console ever--only behind the PlayStation 2, which is unlikely to be overtaken. With the PS4 growing older, Sony is looking to segue that into success for its next generation and continue these high sales figures. New PlayStation boss Jim Ryan says the company's main goal is to move the community from the current generation to the PlayStation 5 more quickly than it has in the past.

Referencing the success of the PS4, Ryan told GI.biz about leveraging the strong brand to the next gen.

"These are gamers who are networked and sticky and engaged and passionate about PlayStation to an extent that we've not seen in previous generations," he said. "As we move towards the next-generation in 2020, one of our tasks--probably our main task--is to take that community and transition it from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, and at a scale and pace that we've never delivered on before."

It's unclear how Sony plans to move players along to the new console or if this will impact its stated plans of releasing games cross-platform. Ryan went on to point out that developers and publishers have given good feedback on the PS5's development tools, something that was a particular issue with the PS3.

"One thing that makes me particularly optimistic that what we're hearing from developers and publishers, is the ease in which they are able to get code running on PlayStation 5 is way beyond any experience they've had on any other PlayStation platform."

This comes as Sony reshuffles its management to prepare for the next generation, which includes a more globalized strategy. For more on Sony's next console, check out everything we know about the PlayStation 5.

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The easiest way to ensure early adoption would be to install some malware in the PS4 that would get remotely triggered and smoke all those units on the day PS5 releases. Otherwise the PS5's raw power with handling 4K and backwards compatibility with at least PS4, if not all generations, should be reasons enough.

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If they gave me the PS5 for free, I still wouldn’t trade in my PS4.

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@jsprunk: what would be your logic for that decision?

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@walbo: I still have all of my Playstation machines. Playing my library of games from each era on the actual console they were created for is a much more authentic and enjoyable experience to me than transferring them over to the newest hardware. I'd rather just wait until the PS5 is on sale than surrender my piece of Playstation history for a discount, even if that discount were 100%.

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@jsprunk: ah ok yea thats pretty cool. Wish i done the same with mine but i have moved around to much and stuff. If i ever become rich and have the free time that comes with it i would definitely build a collection.

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@walbo: Simple - he needs a weight to keep papers down when he opens the window.

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Wow, so they are going to give away free PS5s then, or at least a 50% trade in scheme. Nice one Sony!

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If they have to code differently that also tells me ps4 games won't work unless the game developer does it. Which is bad.

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This tells me ps5 games may not run on the ps4. This is why the Xbox One X is superior.

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Oh I bet they do. READ: "Give us your money faster this time!"

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Depends on pricing. If it's $399 out the gate then yea sure. But if it's anything higher than $400 than I'll be waiting a couple years before I purchase. I wasn't in any rush to buy the PS4 when it came out in 2013 and I won't be in a rush when it comes out next year. I didn't get my PS4 till almost 3 years later

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No one reporting that PS5 will not have discs

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@playstationzone: SMH a quick google search shows thats inaccurate. It will have a disc drive. Thats why nobody is reporting it wont....

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@playstationzone: I haven't heard anything concerning that, but I don't think they'll ditch them just yet. Maybe next cycle when everything becomes a streaming service o.o *shudders*

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Full backward compatibility with PS4 games and I'll buy as soon as I can!

Since I am still on standard PS4 and would appreciate a performance boost, and sharper PSVR games.

If not, I might wait a while.

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@meedokicky: I heard PS5 will not have disc try that going for switch got . Because could be true so

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@playstationzone: No big deal for me tbh, I buy most of my games digitally, cuz it is faster and cheaper for me.
I do miss physical copies though.

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The Best way to increase adoption to a new platform has always been the simplest way- release a killer must have app. This has proven true every generation. A 'must have game'. A Poor xbox one launch gave PS the lead, but it was great games and exclusives that sold 100million consoles and more importantly gave it one of the highest 'tie-in' ratios the gaming industry has ever seen.

So bring on the games. But here is the sad news, Sony needs to draw a line in the sand and make PS5 only games, THAT are not playable on the old 8th gen systems. Nothing wrong in releasing most games with 2 versions, a 8th gen one and a 9th gen one. But faster adoption to a next gen platform means, these games are gonna have to have some high end content, that the old gen simply cannot play.

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If your psplus account and games go with it...

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I’ll gladly jump to the PS5 at lunch if it does everything the PS4 does out of the box.

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Can see part of that plan in action right now, keeping the PS4 Pro at $399 so that no one buys it

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Sounds like they know it is not going to be fully compatible with PS4 so they are trying to ensure people don't have a PS4 and have to either buy one again or buy digital 'remastered' copies that work on PS5 at a higher price.

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Personally, a library of good launch games, true backwards compatability and cheaper cost of online (or free) are what will draw my attention immediately.

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To make the ps5 a must buy right away include backwards compatible. If it isn't at least backwards compatible with digital AND physical ps4 games it's a wait a couple years to buy. The backwards compatibility is huge deal maker of deal breaker for me, it means a lot more than a good launch line up. Generally a good launch line up, leaves the rest of yeR somewhat lacking, so being able to play games from prior generation is a huge plus.

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Fine then give me a credit on my PS4 when I buy the PS5, how about 200$ off the price?

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Ya think..well release it sooner, lower price, would help.

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It depends on the price of the system like if it's $499.99 then I'll wait till it drops in price to $199.99 before getting one.

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@pillarrocks: You may want to look at the Switch lite.

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@pillarrocks: Don't be silly, even the PS4 is not that cheap after all these years.

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Backwards compatibility and one killer game would make me buy one day one. I know its not common to have an actually really good game for launch, few exceptions (Mario 64, BOTW, Halo), but something like a Horizon Zero Dawn 2 would be amazing.

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@JEF8484: Gotta admit I still don't entirely trust that there version of Backwards compatibility won't be "well you can download your digital library, but not your physical games."

or worse. "its backwards compatible, all these games are available on PsNow, for a small additional fee"

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@kagatoac: yea we shall see. Hopefully discs work cause the Pro model has issues with the disc drive. I have to tap on the top of the console while its reading the disc to make it work, lol.

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"Our goal is to sell as many PS5s in as short a time as possible."
Well no duh. Not sure why it required an article or hundreds of responses. XD

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The ONLY way Sony would get me to buy a PS5 before a slim is released is if it's both FULLY BC with every game from EVERY region and every Sony device (PS1-4, PSP AND Vita) and $200 . Otherwise they can follow The Rock's advice from when he still wrestled about turning it sideways and sticking it somewhere. One small step they could take that'd change my opinion of their devices and gaming in general is to stop charging for P2P online play.

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@ThrillKillFan: You want them to give you 200$ on top of all that? XD

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@meedokicky: RIF. I said I would like a PS5 with full BC with every prior console from Sony (including the handhelds) AND for it to be priced at $200. Not that I want them to give me $200. But if they're so inclined I wouldn't refuse it. At least then I could use it to pay for the peer to peer (aka not costing them much) paid online nonsense they started this gen.

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@ThrillKillFan:

I would love to play PSP and Vita games on the PS5. Surprise Sony never did that on the PS4.

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Give me backwards compatibility and great exclusives like PS4 has and I am onboard.

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Quickest way to get people to do that is make it backward compatible withe PS4, PS3, PS2 and PS1.

Everyone will flock to it,

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@dragonsama: They did file a patent for emulation that is believed to be for BC. If this is true then depending on how the tech works will find out if we can use discs for BC games or not.

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@dragonsama: I feel like they'll make it so that PS4 games are accessible digitally and by disc, but PS3 and PS2 games will likely be only digital.

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@dragonsama: I can see the Ps4's on Ebay and Craigslist now...

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@dragonsama: it's funny how likely I am to get a day 1 purchase if all our games go forward. If not, I'd be waiting to see what Scarlet is offering. Sure Xbox was trash this gen but Xbox 360 was my console of choice for previous generation. The tide can turn

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@Sound_Demon: If only 360 was more reliable. Even my S model consoles have both died which is really annoying as both are limited edition models with one being Halo Reach and the Other being Starwars.

Xbox is in a very strong position with the best studios going forward. It will be way more interesting . Can't wait for the new Fable reveal for a start.

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@deviltaz35: That sucks to hear. I also had Reach edition. That was the last FPS with a great story. Titanfall 2 had a nice campaign but not as fleshed out.

Hopefully Xbox puts up more of a fight going forward for our consumer benefit. I really liked Fable 1.

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@dragonsama: Agreed

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Well i can see it happening, i mean the PS3>PS4 (Including the later addition which is the Pro) All only had Regular Blu Ray Players in. And the fact the PS5 is gonna have an actual 4K capable player in it, already makes it a better investment. My Playstation consoles have always been my multimedia center for gaming & for watching Movies on, and i've been slowly investing into the 4K movie scene with a bunch of movies, a 4K TV and a new sound Bar, Only thing i'm missing is a 4K player, which the PS5 is going to check that box.

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Well duh.

They'll get me on board sooner if the price is right, and the launch lineup is decent. PS+ offerings needs to be improved. Give me a controller with longer battery life. Doesn't need to be as long as dual shock 3's but at least twice as long as DS4.

If they do all the right things, I'll be in on day 1.

I don't care about BC but since it's just a more powerful PS4, PS4 BC will be thrown in basically for free and there's no reason not to.

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