Will PS5 Make PS4 Obsolete?


With the PlayStations worldwide release date on the 12th of November 2020 it is a super-powerful console market but does the PS5 improved SSD, better graphics and faster processing make the PS4 obsolete? Let’s discuss this.

PS5 will not make PS4 obsolete as PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said PS4 will be supported 3-4 years after the PS5 launch until 2023-2024. PS4 games will be supported for a similar time, Shakedown: Hawaii a PS3 came out on August 20, 2020, 7 years after the PS4 release date.

I will explain why PS5 does not make PS4 obselete, as well as if PS4 will be supported and evidence of how long it will be supported for. Read on to find out !

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Is PS4 Going To Be Obsolete?

PS4 games, consoles, and accessories will likely be released until seven years after the launch of the PS5, many games are announced for cross-platform releases like Cyberpunk 2077 and Spiderman Morales this will likely contiune for a a good few years unti the PS5 life span.

Other games are too deep into development cycles and intended for the PS4, or have too much money invested to make a PS5 release possible.

PS5 is the fourth most sold video console of all time, selling more than 111 million copies, making it an incredible success for Sony, it’s why it’s still expensive see my post here for more reasons.

The PS5 infamously had a terrible preorder fiasco where people couldn’t get their consoles on time so a lot of people didn’t have access to PS5, so most developers want to produce titles for the PS4 to ensure their games are accessible to the largest audience possible.

Whilst yes, certain games like Demon Souls are PS5 exclusive big developers will switch over to just producing PS5 titles when more people own a PS5, but smaller third party developers likely will continue publishing games just on the PS4

Even updates, downloadable content and micro transactions will still be added to PS4 games, as certain games still have dedicated fan bases and will still play their PS4 will years before upgrading to new hardware.

Sony confirmed PS5 players will be able to play with PS4 players, to see all the different cross-play games available check out this list.

History Of Sony Discontinuing Consoles

PlayStation consoles can last a long time, see my post here on if the PS4 is easily damaged. PS2 the most successful gaming console ever selling 157.68 million copies lasted 12 years from 2000 to 2012 before being discontinued.

PS3 released in 2006 lasted 11 years before being discontinued in 2017 it’s servers lasted longing with Sony shutting down in Jan 2019 with will give you hope as a PS4 owner!

See PlayStation SEO Jim Ryans interview with the Washington Post here for proof Sony will support the PS4 until 2023-2014 and I think it could be even longer.

Will PS4 Still Be Supported After PS5

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said in an interview with the Washington Post said PS4 will be supported 3-4 years after the PS5 launch until 2023-2024. Developers want to produce content for the biggest audience and the PS4 has sold more than 111 million copies, with millions of active gamers worldwide.

Most popular titles will be sold cross generation like Horizon Zero Dawn Forbidden West and Spiderman Miles Morales to appeal to a wide audience, so close to the PS5 lauch there is little incentive to buy a PS5.

See Business Insiders article here on why you should wait until 2021 to buy a PS5 as console launches typically have weak gaming lineups as the only true next-generation game for PS5 is Demon Souls, and early games often have bugs and technical problems.

PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility allows the majority of 4000 PS4 games to be played on PS5, so rest assured even if you buy tons of PS4 games when you choose to upgrade to PS5 all the content and progress will transfer with you.

To see how easy it is to transfer your PS4 data to PS5 over check out my post, also is 825GB even enough for the PS5 as game files are SO big now? Take a look at my post here to find out.

How Long Will PS4 Be supported?

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said in an interview with the Washington Post said PS4 will be supported 3-4 years after the PS5 launch until 2023-2024. Developers want to produce content for the biggest audience and the PS4 has sold more than 111 million copies, with millions of active gamers worldwide.

Despite the PS5 being an improvement to the PS4 in every single way, the super-fast SSD in particular PS5 likely would not replace the PS4 until around 3 years.

How do I know? Well, I sold my PS4 to someone with an old copy of Fifa 18 and 2 controllers (one broken) on the Facebook marketplace for $168 7 years after the PS4 release! Rest assured your PS4 will not be obsolete for a very long time.

Unlike technology such as laptops or phones gaming consoles have far longer lifespans, the amount of PS4 games still in development and cross platform between PS4 and PS5 being confirmed by Sony should set you at ease, just know the PS4 will be supported for a very long time in the future .

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