In an interview with CNET, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan mentioned that the new PS5 systems, which were recently showcased during the PS5 reveal event, are essentially the same console aside from one SKU not having a disc-drive.
“As you saw, there is a small difference in the form factor of the two consoles,” said Ryan during his interview with CNET. “I’m sure you also observed, the basic design aesthetic is consistent between them. So there is that and the fact that the digital edition does not have a disk drive. That is it. Other than that, they are identical products.”
During this particular response Ryan also mentions that “two thirds of new games purchased” during this year’s first quarter were downloaded digitally.
Among other things mentioned within the interview, Ryan was asked about backwards compatibility on PS5 and offered the following:
“We said that the PS5 has been designed to play PS4 games. We’re going through the process with the publishers and developers testing that rather exhaustive library of over 4,000 games. We’re happy with the progress that’s been made.”
A variety of games were announced during the PS5 reveal event. For instance, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will hit the PS5 later this year and Capcom officially revealed the eighth installment in the Resident Evil series, Village.