Ever since the announcement that Sony was working on the PlayStation 5, one of the biggest questions fans had was whether the next-gen console would be backwards compatible and allow fans to play PS4 games. It seemed likely, thanks to hints from Sony and all the rumours floating around the internet. Now finally, backwards compatibility has been officially confirmed via the PlayStation Blog.
The Playstation Blog article that contains information on the PlayStation 5 has been updated with more information, including that Sony’s next-gen console will have access to over 4000 PlayStation 4 titles.
I have to be honest, I wasn’t even aware that there were so many PlayStation 4 games available. However, Sony does admit that each of these games would need to be individually tested to see if they can benefit from the more powerful hardware.
Sony does, however, expect that most of these titles will run at a boosted frequency on the new console, which would result in higher, or at least more stable, frame rates.
“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.
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. We will provide updates on backward compatibility, along with much more PS5 news, in the months ahead. Stay tuned!”
This is great news for PlayStation fans. Backwards compatibility was sorely lacking when it came to the PlayStation 4. It’s great to see that Sony has been listening to fans and finally giving them what they have asked for, for so long.
Backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 5 also means that there is much more of an incentive for fans to buy the new system as they will still be able to play their older games.