PS5 Backward Compatibility Explained

PlayStation decided to clarify what they meant by backward compatibility

The Road to PS5 livestream yielded some interesting information about the PlayStation 5, but there’s a lot that we still don’t know, including what the PS5 looks like or what gameplay will even look like. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should see everything we learned about the PS5, and in that article you’ll see some vague references to backward compatibility that says you’ll be able to play some PS4, but nothing in depth.

Now an updated post on the PlayStation Blog has clarified what backward compatibility means for the PS5 and, apparently, there will be backward compatibility for an “overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games.” This work comes from Hideaki Nishino, who also wrote,

“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.”

- Advertisement -

At the same time, we should also remind you that during the PS5 talk, Mark Cerny, the Lead Architect of the PS5, explained that running PS4 software and PS4 titles at the higher frequencies delivered by the PS5 makes things even more difficult. In short, some game code just can’t handle it.

“The boost [in hardware frequency] is truly massive this time around and some game code can’t handle it. Testing has to be done on a title-by-title basis. Results are excellent, though. We recently took a look at the top 100 PlayStation 4 titles as ranked by playtime, and we’re expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5.”

On that now, Nishino also confirmed that Sony is taking backward compatibility seriously, by saying that the PS5 team has “tested hundreds of titles and are preparing to test thousands more.” For now, we don’t know much about what specific titles will be supported or which titles just won’t be compatible, but Sony has promised to deliver more updates closer to the launch of the PS5.

Trending Articles

Robert Moore
Robert is an automotive expert and gaming fanatic that somehow manages to split his time between doing both and blending in some family time as well. His gaming history goes all the way back to Atari, the Commodore 64, and the original Nintendo, and he can proudly say that he’s owned every single mainstream console since, including duds like the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii. He currently owns a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a custom-built gaming PC. His all-time favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies, specifically), League of Legends, Diablo 3, and even a little World of Warcraft. Robert has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, primarily in the automotive segment and now in the gaming segment.

Latest News

Latest Guides