PS5 Will be Backward Compatible but Only Select PS4 Games are Confirmed as of Now
The PS5 will indeed have backward compatibility, but it doesn't sound like the full PlayStation library will be making the transition to next-gen.
During today’s “The Road to PS5” live stream, Sony’s Mark Cerny touched on backward compatibility when it comes to the PlayStation 5. While it was previously confirmed that the next-gen console would feature backward compatibility, the extent of the platform’s functionality wasn’t really clear.
Now, based on what Mark Cerny has stated, it seems as though only PS4 games will be available to play on the PS5. For those holding out hopes to see games from the PS1, PS2, or PS3 generation made available to play on PS5, Cerny and Sony haven’t confirmed as much just yet.
Furthermore, Cerny also said that at the launch of the PS5 later this year, only a select number of PS4 games will be made available for play on the next-gen platform. Cerny made clear that around 100 of the most popular games on the PS4 will be the first to be added to the PS5’s list of backward compatible titles. It’s then safe to assume that more titles will then start being made available for play on the platform as time goes on.
Largely, this seems to be the same sort of backward compatibility plan that Microsoft began instituting years ago on the Xbox One. The biggest difference, though, is that Microsoft has been slowly adding games from not only the Xbox 360 era, but also titles from the original Xbox, too. By comparison, to see Sony still struggling to find ways to make games from the PS1-PS3 generations playable on the upcoming console. Hopefully, that ends up changing over time.
For more on the PS5, you can check out the console’s entire list of official specs right here.