The new generation of consoles is due to arrive in this year’s holiday season. And at Sony’s Road to PS5 presentation Mark Cerny revealed the plans for Playstation 5’s backward-compatibility.
Rather disappointingly, Cerny said that almost all of the 100 most-played PS4 games will be available to play on the PS5. Cerny talked about how the PlayStation 5 has the internal logic for the PS4, which makes backward compatibility possible. However, he did not, mention PS5 backward compatibility with older-generation PlayStation games. That is a steep contrast compared to Microsoft’s plans to support the Xbox Series X with full backward compatibility.
A couple of days post the PS5-presentation, Sony’s Hideaki Nishino clarified the previous statement on the Playstation Blog. Hideaki said:
“We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.”
Hideaki also stated that the top 100 games was just a “snapshot” of how development is proceeding.
Sony has said that they expect backward-compatible games to run at a “boosted frequency” on the PS5. This means that the PS5 will provide “higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions.”
Sony is currently evaluating all PS4 games on a “title-by-title basis” to ensure compatibility with the PS5. Already they have tested hundreds of games. And will test a whole lot more as the PS5’s release date draws near.
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