PS5 Will Feature Backward Compatibility with PS4

Sony has confirmed that their recently revealed next generation console will be backwards compatible with PS4.

April 16, 2019

Almost out of nowhere, a next-generation PlayStation console was confirmed by Sony today via Wired. It’s set to be a powerful console with an AMD CPU based on the Ryzen line, so it’s exciting to think about what will be possible on the PS5. Fortunately, PS4 owners who would like to play their games on this new console won’t be left in the dust as the PS5 is poised to be backwards compatible with the PS4.

This feature was confirmed in Wired’s article revealing the console. The PS4’s lack of backwards compatibility, excluding PlayStation Now, was a sore spot for many gamers, especially those who traded in a PS3 for Sony’s latest console. It also helped encourage the birth of the “next-gen” or now “current-gen” remaster of games from the previous generation.

While details on how exactly backwards compatibility will work are still scarce, Wired’s article explicitly states that “because it’s based in part on the PS4’s architecture, it will also be backward-compatible with games for that console.” Considering that over 90 million people own a PS4 and its plethora of great games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War, this is a very smart decision on Sony’s part that will likely encourage more people to pick up their next gen console.

Mark Cerny confirmed to Wired that the technically still unnamed PS5 will not be releasing in 2019. That being said, you can be sure that DualShockers will let you know when any more details about Sony’s next-generation console emerge in the future.

Tomas Franzese

Tomas Franzese is a News Editor at DualShockers, writing a variety of reviews and shedding light on upcoming games for both PC and consoles. While he has been a gamer most of his life, he began writing for DualShockers in 2016 and has almost never put his computer or a controller down since.

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