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29 Oct 2020

PS4 will live on after PS5 launch according to PlayStation CEO

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The Future of PS4

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PS5 Launch

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Future of PS Plus

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PS5 pre-orders

The migration over to a new generation of consoles can be slow for some players.

Playstation is accounting for this according to its CEO, by pushing the PS4 community forward long after PS5 is released.

The Future of PS4

According to PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has revealed the company's plans for the future of the PS4, even after the release of the PS5.

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"Obviously, our eyes and our horizons have lifted with regards to what's possible with that PS4 community, based on what we've observed over the last six months," Ryan said in an interview with Gamesindustry.biz.

"...Because in 2021, 2022... that PS4 community that we've spoken about, they will be the vast majority of people on PlayStations during that time. It is crucial that we keep them engaged and happy. And the last six months have demonstrated that we could do that to an extent that we didn't think possible when we were setting our minds pre-COVID."

PS5 Launch

With PS4 remaining such a high priority for PlayStation, there's less pressure on fans to pick up the PS5 immediately.

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This is great news for gamers on a budget! It's also big for players who haven't yet secure their PS5 pre-order due to nagging stock issues.

Future of PS Plus

With PlayStation looking to engage PS4 gamers down the line, we expect some new innovation in this area.

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One thing we absolutely expect to see is a massive expansion of the PS Plus program. This program has already been a huge success according to Jim Ryan. Ryan used player feedback around reasons for engagement as support for this.

According to Ryan, engagement with PlayStation programs was first driven by wanting to play online with friends. Now, with PS Plus, its driven by the quality of free games offered in the program each month.

And while PS5 will receive the PS Plus Collection, we expect some other innovations for PS4.

PS5 pre-orders

Despite PlayStation claiming PS4 will receiving plenty more support down the line, there are still plenty of reasons to pick up the PS5.

For starters, next-gen hardware will be a massive upgrade to gaming across the board. Everything from processing power to graphical potential will be huge for PS5 - and it'll show from day one.

If you're still looking for your own PS5 pre-order, look no further!