PS5's Backward Compatibility Clarified by Sony, Should Allow the "Majority" of PS4 Titles to be Played

The PS5 will be able to play most PS4 games after all, with some games being boosted to run at higher frequencies on the next-gen console.

By Logan Moore

March 20, 2020

Sony’s messaging on backward compatibility with PS5 has been quite confusing in recent days. During the reveal presentation of the platform, it seemed as though Sony’s lead architect of the PS5, Mark Cerny, stated that the next-gen console would be able to play most PS4 games once it arrived. However, this statement from Cerny did not line up with a write-up on Sony’s PlayStation Blog website, which seemed to say that only 100 PS4 titles would be functional on the PS5 at launch.

Now, in an updated message on the PlayStation Blog, Sony made clear that the PS5 should be able to play nearly all games that have released on the PS4 over the years. “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,” said the statement from Hideaki Nishino, Sony’s Senior VP of Platform Planning & Management. “We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.”

This updated explanation went on to say that the 100 games that Cerny mentioned in “The Road to PS5” presentation only comes in the way of games that have been tested so far to perform better on the PlayStation 5. “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,” the statement read.

“In his presentation, Mark Cerny provided a snapshot into the Top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well our backward compatibility efforts are going. We have already tested hundreds of titles and are preparing to test thousands more as we move toward launch,” the message from Sony continued to read. To wrap things up, it was said that more information on backward compatibility with PS5 will continue to come about in the nearing months.

This is obviously a huge sigh of relief given that Sony’s initial verbiage seemed to indicate that this wouldn’t necessarily be the case. While this revised statement still makes it clear that not all 4,000+ games from the PS4 catalog will potentially be playable on PS5 right at launch, the message implies that more titles will likely be added over time. All in all, this sounds very similar to how Microsoft has slowly brought the majority of the Xbox 360 catalog to the Xbox One platform over the past few years. All I know is that as long as Bloodborne ends up getting boosted treatment for the PS5, I’ll be more than happy.

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The PS5 is set to release at an undetermined date and price later this holiday season. Stay tuned in the coming months as we should start to learn a whole lot more about the platform.

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