PS5 will eventually play ‘majority of the 4,000-plus PS4 titles’

UPDATE: 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.

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. We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.

Sony also says those older titles may run better on the newer system, too. “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,” the company adds. “We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.”

Sony says Cerny “provided a snapshot into the Top 100 most-played PS4 titles” simply as demonstration of the company’s current backwards compatibility efforts. “We have already tested hundreds of titles and are preparing to test thousands more as we move toward launch,” the company says. “We will provide updates on backward compatibility, along with much more PS5 news, in the months ahead.”

This should hopefully clear up some confusion as to the extent of Sony’s backwards compatibility commitment. Some fans were concerned the PS5 would not have the same level of last-gen compatibility as Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X. Considering the heated competition between the two devices — fans of both are already vigorously debating which is going to be the better purchase and more successful platform — Xbox fans started taking a bit of a victory lap with regard to the Series X’s support for older games.

So…when’s my favorite game coming?

The original run of PS3 consoles famously included an emulator – essentially PS2 hardware – within the new console to play the older system’s games, which drove up the price. Later models dropped that tech and capability to save cost, and the PS4 abandoned the idea entirely, opting instead to upload older games digitally over PSN.

So it’s impressive that Sony is claiming backward compatibility out the gate for the PS5. In the presentation, Cerny asserted they won’t strip this capability out of the console to save money like they did with the PS3: “Once backwards compatibility is in the console, it’s in,” he said.

But how long it will take to make your favorite niche PS4 game compatible on the PS5 is unclear. Microsoft spent years slowly adding more Xbox 360 titles to the backward compatibility list of the Xbox One, and it might be the same with the PS5 – a few games here and there for years. 

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