Here whe go again with the same meme, it is so old and not what sony ment with that steatment. But it is a remark thats been trowing to the wall in the hope that it sticks, for people that misread that steatment, and for people that dont like Sony it sticks like glue...
I'm a Sony fan, and I'm well aware of PS Plus. I'm also not a cross-gen hater (which surprises even myself...), as I'm aware of development circumstances and global issues which have made maximizing these new boxes hard as well as the surprising flexibility of software scaling approaches to target games for a variety of platforms.
And I'm also aware of the context of the original "We believe in generations
" statement. If you honestly took that to just mean, "We believe that PS5 games should be played with a PS5 controller, with superduper rumble and like bow-and-arrow triggers and sound that whizzes around you, and it doesn't matter if they're cross-gen games like our competitor is promising because our new hardware generation has cool extra shit
," then okay.
...But most people did not take it that way. And specifically in the context of the article (which might be the writer's fault, although I am certain that the writer pointedly asked about Xbox's original cross-gen continuity plans,) it's established what he was referring to before he went into the hardware features of Tempest Audio and DualSense controls. (BTW, Sony could have just released a DualSense controller on PS4 and not started a whole new console generation if that was the radical generation-defining revolution he was excited about with the launch of the powerful new PS5.)
It's a meme, maybe an unfair or a mean one, but when gamers hear Sony explain what it believes, they have fair reason IMO to scoff at the conviction of that belief.
And they're not going to live down that meme by explaining it away. Make games, make people happy, make people forget the meme. Because as things are now, it stuck.