Backwards compatibility coupled with multiplayer is Sony's secret recipe for PlayStation 5 successPlatforms: Sony PlayStation 5
Yesterday we reported on a behind-closed-doors demonstration of the speed improvements PlayStation 5 players can expect to experience when the console arrives. In the same meeting Sony also broached the subject of their plans for backwards compatibility - something which the company is playing catchup with given that Xbox One has had backwards compatibility for a growing number of titles for some time.
However Sony intend to use the ability to play PlayStation 4 games as a marketing channel by allowing players to continue to enjoy the benefits of online multiplayer whilst acting as erstwhile salespeople for the newer console.
During the demonstration, president and CEO of SIE Jim Ryan said, "because the gaming community is somewhat tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility gives us the opportunity to migrate that community from PlayStation 4 to next gen using the ability to play the PS4 games they have on their next generation console - groups of 10, 20, 50 gamers. So we see this, given the size of the community that we've been able to accumulate over all these years and hard work on PlayStation 4 as a really critical success factor for us. We think it's incredibly important."
Allowing cross-generation play is likely to be a big success. Deputy president John Kodera added, "cross-generation the community can enjoy the games together."