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Rumor – First-Party PS5 Launch Games Won’t Be Cross-Gen

Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has claimed that a large chunk of the first-party PS5 launch games lineup will not be cross-generation releases. In other words, you’ll only be able to play them on Sony’s next-generation console.

Most PS5 First-Party Launch Games Will Not Be Cross-Gen

Speaking during the latest Kotaku Splitscreen podcast Schreier, who is often a reliable source when it comes to pretty much anything in the video games industry, commented:

I’ve heard some of the PS5 launch titles — I won’t say them yet as I’m probably going to do a report on that stuff in the future — but those will be PS5-only. Some of the stuff I’ve heard about that is PS5-only.

Something like Assassin’s Creed Kingdom, the Viking Assassin’s Creed, is definitely going to be On PS4, Xbox One, Scarlett, PS5, like, everything.

Sony hasn’t announced anything about the PS5 launch games yet, but we’ve got an idea of what we’d like to see on day one. However, a recent rumor has claimed that Gran Turismo 7 will be among the title available on launch day.

The PS5 is due for release in holiday 2020 alongside the Xbox Scarlett from Microsoft, which Schreier also claims is coming in two flavours: the Anaconda model and the Lockhart.

It’s also been suggested that Sony will be releasing a PS5 Pro alongside the regular version of the system and we’ve heard chatter about a mid-cycle refresh, too.

Jack Tretton, the former head of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), reckons that Sony will face ‘exponentially more competition‘ during the next hardware cycle compared to what it experienced during the PS4-era.

One of the biggest selling points of the PS5 will be backwards compatibility, which is rumored to extend to older PlayStation titles in addition to playing PS4 games. If true, then this will put Sony on equal stomping grounds with Microsoft.