PS5 will have exclusive games playable on next-gen hardware only, confirms Sony

By Sean Carey,
Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will have exclusive games that can only be played on next-gen hardware. Sony Interactive Entertainment's CEO, Jim Ryan, said that the company believes there should be a difference between generations and that this difference extends to games.

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Speaking to gamesindustry.biz, Ryan said, "We have always said that we believe in generations. We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include. And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features."

"We do believe in generations, and whether it's the DualSense controller, whether it's the 3D audio, whether it's the multiple ways that the SSD can be used... we are thinking that it is time to give the PlayStation community something new, something different, that can really only be enjoyed on PS5."

This approach is different from Microsoft's with the Xbox Series X. Head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, previously announced that there wouldn't be any first-party Xbox Series X exclusives for the next-gen console until around year after launch, meaning all first-party games will launch on both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X. This is accomplished via a feature called Smart Delivery — purchasing certain games on the Xbox One automatically entitles you to a next-gen Xbox Series X copy at no cost. Sony, so far, has not announced any such feature for the PS5.

Xbox's Aaron Greenberg also said that Xbox "believes in generations" in a tweet that was shortly posted after Ryan's comments went live.


In other PS5 news, a recent report by Eurogamer found that new PS4 games submitted for certification to Sony after mid-July must be forwards compatible with the PS5, and we are getting our first look at some PS5 games in a reveal event later this week.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!