Sony have confirmed that three of the games previously assumed to be next-gen PlayStation 5 exclusives are also actually coming to PlayStation 4. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West will all be cross-gen releases, coming to PS4 as well as PS5.
All three will also offer free upgrades from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, whether you buy digitally or physically.
Sony write on their blog:
While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch. The PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.
It’s a major turn of events, with Sony having been shouting from the rooftops about the importance of their first party games being designed to fully take advantage of the next generation hardware, while Microsoft have been sticking to their guns about their first party games bridging the divide between platforms – much to the derision of many fans and pundits.
Still, this decision is a great move for consumers facing up to the high cost of joining the next generation. While the digital version of the PlayStation 5 is $399 and £359, that comes with needing to accept that digital games tend to stick to RRP for longer, and those RRPs are rising for the next generation. Sony’s own first party titles will now cost up to $69.99 / £69.99, including the Demon’s Souls remake and Destruction AllStars at launch. Potentially saving money in the long run with a more expensive console featuring a disc drive means that you’re paying $499 / £449 up front, something which a lot of people might struggle to do.
Games that bridge the generations will allow Sony to continue to sell millions of copies of their most highly anticipated titles, regardless of how the global economic situation and the rising cost of gaming affects next-gen adoption.
Source: PS Blog