A new PlayStation teaser primarily features 2023 PS5 and PSVR 2 titles.

Sony has continued to produce major new exclusives on the 2013-released PlayStation 4, despite the fact that these old-gen ports feel obsolete or inferior. Now, though, it appears Sony is finally prepared to abandon the old PS4. So, almost prepared…

It is difficult to realise, but the PlayStation 5 was released on November 12, 2020, more than two years ago. Nonetheless, the most recent major Sony exclusives, Horizon: Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok, were published on both the PS5 and the ageing PS4. And while it was great that more people had the opportunity to play these massive games, it was unusual to see Sony still supporting this bizarre period of cross-generation games in 2023.

This was the same business whose CEO, Jim Ryan, infamously stated in 2020 that Sony had always believed in “generations” in response to Microsoft’s promise of long-term support for cross-gen games, implying that you can only exist in a single age.

In early 2023, when Microsoft failed to ship anything on any generation of Xbox in 2022, Sony published a few notable titles. The majority, though, appeared to go against Sony’s philosophy in separate, different generations by launching on both PS4 and PS5.

Nonetheless, a new PlayStation trailer suggests that this may be about to change. In the new video that was released yesterday, there is a montage of 23 games that will be released in 2023. And just eight will be available on both PS4 and PS5. In addition, none of Sony’s exclusive games, including Spider-Man 2 and the Horizon VR spin-off, will be available on PS4.

Here are all the games and DLC expansions shown in the video:

  1. Final Fantasy 16 – PS5 Only
  2. Horizon 2 DLC – PS5 Only
  3. Spider-Man 2 – PS5 Only
  4. Assassin’s Creed Mirage – PS5/PS4
  5. Resident Evil 4 (Remake) – PS5/PS4
  6. Forspoken – PS5 Only
  7. Suicide Squad – PS5 Only
  8. Dead Space – PS5 Only
  9. Stellar Blade – PS5 Only
  10. Street Fighter 6 – PS4/PS5
  11. Star Wars Jedi Survivor – PS5 Only
  12. Alone In The Dark – PS5 Only
  13. Firewall Ultra – PS5/PSVR 2 Only
  14. Pacific Drive – PS5 Only
  15. The Lords of the Fallen (2023) – PS5 Only
  16. Horizon VR: Call of the Mountain – PS5/PSVR Only
  17. Destiny 2: Lightfall – PS5/PS4
  18. Eternights – PS5/PS4
  19. Tchia – PS5/PS4
  20. Season A Letter To The Future – PS5/PS4
  21. SynDuality – PS5 Only
  22. Hogwarts Legacy – PS5/PS4
  23. Wildhearts – PS5 Only

If you’ve been paying attention over the past year, you’ve likely seen that many third-party publishers and developers are beginning to abandon the Xbox One and PS4 in favour of the current generation. Therefore, it’s not unexpected that Sony is as well.

However, it was just a few weeks ago when Sony released one of the most anticipated games of 2022, the new God of War, for both the PS5 and the PS4. Moreover, the PS4 port of the game was excellent.

In reality, it may be one of the most technically amazing games made on the old console, a fitting send-off for Sony’s system. However, after a few hours of play, it felt as though the PS4 (and its fans) were trying to keep up. Even though I am not surprised by Sony’s public announcement that it is finally abandoning the PS4, I am pleased by the news.

I have to imagine that many developers are also eager to move forward, without having to balance so many different console specifications among the PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, One X, One S, and Series X/S, and instead focusing on a few, larger, better-looking versions of games that are becoming increasingly difficult to create for a single platform.

Sony was likely hesitant to move forward with a PS5-only future when the system was unavailable to the majority of consumers. On this front, things are beginning to change, and it’s becoming easier to acquire a PS5. And as more individuals purchase the improved console, it becomes easier to finally anticipate the next generation of gaming.

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