Sony Clarifies PS5 Backwards Compatibility For ‘Overwhelming Majority” Of PS4 Games

With Sony and PlayStation finally giving us the details about the hardware powering the PS5/PlayStation 5, there remain plenty of questions about the console. How it will look like, the controller, and of course, the games are key to deciding the next console purchase for many. One of the biggest point of contention after Mark Cerny’s presentation was backwards compatibility, and Sony has issued an update regarding that.

The upcoming PS5 will support an “overwhelming majority” of the 4,000-plus existing PS4 games. Many were confused by Cerny’s statement that the console would support “almost all” of the top 100 PS4 titles.

A quick update on backward compatibility — With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalog, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.

The key point lies in that some older games will run better on the new console as well. “We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions,” Sony added. “We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.”

Rather than just the top 100 most-played PS4 titles, Sony has been testing games after games to ensure backwards compatibility is an actual feature. Of course, once that is clear, players would be asking for support for the PS3, PS2, and the original PlayStation, but that’s a question for another day.


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