When Sony starts to retake its next big console with PlayStation 5, the clock has started ticking on PS4. It's just a matter of time before game development changes completely from a PS4 focus or even a split-gene focus to completely PlayStation 5 products.
That's why players can be worried about upcoming Sony exclusive, and whether they can skip PS4 and launch to PS5. Fortunately, Sony has confirmed that games like The Last of Us 2 Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima will be PS4 titles.
During the quarterly Financial Report, Sony CEO Jim Ryan promised PlayStation 4 still has an "excellent list of exclusive AAA games still to come" and exhibited the three above titles. At present, they are truly the biggest PS4 exclusive in the works announced by Sony, with some successors such as Horizon Zero Dawn 2 and God of War 2 rumors of being in different phases of development.
It's actually surprising to hear that games like Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding are still targeting PS4. Both games are expected to be at least a year away, if not more. Death Stranding is especially mysterious as director Hideo Kojima loves to keep fans waiting as long as possible, and then some.
But while these games are in the works for PS4, it does not mean they will not release before the PS5 does. As the PS5 is supposedly backwards compatible with PS4, players can play any PS4 title on their PS5 and even reap the benefits of the boosted technology. Sony showed how much better a PS4 title could run on PS5 with a Spider-Man demo that was loaded 15 times faster and streamed the open world without delay.
Taking things one step further, it is also possible to play as The Last of Us 2 will have added bonuses on PS5 as better frame rate or higher resolution text. Think of it as a PS4 game running on a PS4 Pro, which offers support for HDR and modes such as "Performance" to increase the frame rate.