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Will Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart be on PS4?

Players eager for Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart are concerned about if it will be on the PS4.
Players eager for Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart are concerned about if it will be on the PS4. / Insomniac Games

Will Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart be on PS4?

Players eager for Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart are concerned about if it will be on the PS4.

Since the release of Sony's next-generation console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5), an increasing amount of titles have started to skew toward exclusively next-gen releases. Some view this as a step in the right direction—toward the future. However, for those who haven't been able to secure a PS5 console due to its notoriously limited supply, this could be a source of anxiety. How can they play new games if they cease being made for the prior-generation machines?

Will Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart be on PS4?

Unfortunately, no. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will not be coming to the PlayStation 4 (PS4). According to both Insomniac Games and Sony, the title will be exclusive to the PS5.

This was originally confirmed in early November 2020 during a Twitter exchange between Insomniac and one of its fans. The fan asked the exact question of whether or not Ratchet and Clank would be coming to the PS4, to which Insomniac replied, "It’s a PS5 exclusive."

The brief back and forth has since been the last word on where players will be able to find the game. Insomniac neglected to explain any reasoning why they wouldn't follow the same pattern as their other recent release, Spiderman: Miles Morales.

Sony has discussed PS5 exclusive releases in the past and the transition from one device to the other. Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment President, explained it as a matter of "believing in generations," according to an interview in May 2020.

"We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include. And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features," he said.

Ryan went on to say he wanted to give the community an experience that was "new" and "different" to what they had seen before. He wanted it to be something "that can really only be enjoyed on PS5."

Whether this same rational will affect other releases has yet to be seen.