PlayStation 5 is expected to launch on Thursday the 12th of November in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea; worldwide release on Thursday the 19th of November.
Bloodborne is among the many powerhouse PS4 titles featured in the just-announced PlayStation Plus Collection, so if you happen to have a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition lined up and you're in the mood to relive some of your PS4 favorites (that you potentially own on disc, not digitally), you'll still be covered. In the latter's case, Xbox put all of its games onto the subscription service on the day they are released.
"We keep in mind the engineering specialized for the PS5, as we produced the device", Interactive Entertainment's CEO Jim Ryan told a Japanese video game publication when asked about backward compatibility. "For us, having a catalog of games is not something that defines a platform", Ryan says in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. "Our pitch, as you've heard, is 'new games, great games.' We have had this conversation before - we are not going to go down the road of putting new releases titles into a subscription model". We've also seen reports of retailers cancelling orders.
Ryan added that Sony's ambition is to make games "bigger and better, and hopefully at some stage more persistent". "We have also considered such an approach, but I also know that other operators have tried and had problems". It's possible, but Sony's focus is clearly on new games for a new system for now. "In the midst of that, the PS4 already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well indeed, so we included compatibility with the PS4. We think that's really exciting and we hope that people were surprised and delighted by that", he said at the showcase event.