Sony and Microsoft have been drip feeding more and more information on their next-gen consoles over the last few months. However, the aspect of backwards compatibility still remains to be fully revealed. In a recent financial call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot may have let this information slip. He claimed that next-gen consoles will support almost all of the previous consoles’ back catalogue.
Those consoles will be running almost all the back catalogue of the previous consoles. It will be something new in the industry. It will help the old generations to continue to be big consoles on the market for years to come.Yves Guillemot, CEO Ubisoft
There hasn’t been much further elaboration on this point from Guillemot, but what he has said should give hope to those wanting to play a wider selection of previous game generations. Having said that, Microsoft have been fairly transparent about their intentions for cross generation availability. Sony meanwhile, is keeping its cards close to its chest.
One Stop Shop?
Information from Sony and Microsoft so far has suggested that we would at least be able to play this generation’s games on PS5 and Xbox Series X. However this new information leads us to believe we may see games as far back as PS1 and Original Xbox.
There has been no official confirmation of this though. Guillemot’s reference to “consoles” could simply refer to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, rather than all the previous iterations. Though the phrase “almost all” does seem to suggest a wider selection than just that of PS4 and XB1.
How backwards compatibility would work on these consoles still remains to be seen too. Whether the new consoles will support the physical media of these previous console generations, or something closer to PS Now by streaming older games.
Current State of Backwards Compatibility
It would be fairly safe to say of the current generation that PS4’s backwards compatibility is somewhat lacking, since they’re only available through PS Now or digital means. Whereas Xbox One features a fairly strong selection of older titles via digital or physical copies of these older games.
Arguably this means Xbox Series X will only really have to expand their selection, while PS5 has to overhaul their system entirely. Either way backwards compatibility will certainly be a feature fans look for.
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