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Sony Still Working On PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatibility

Gaming article by Joseph Allen on October 9, 2019 at 4:21 AM
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Yesterday, Sony dropped a surprise announcement on us regarding the PlayStation 5's release window. Now, courtesy of DualShockers and Famitsu (the latter source is in Japanese), we have a little more information about the console's purported backward compatibility.

In an interview with Famitsu, Sony discussed the upcoming console and the features it will have. According to DualShockers' translation of that article, when asked about backward compatibility, a Sony representative said that the PlayStation 5's development team "is currently hard at work" to make every PlayStation 4 game playable on PlayStation 5. Sony goes on to say that fans should "wait for further information". Sounds like they're not 100% there with backward compatibility yet.

 

Back in April, lead system architect Mark Cerny shared a few details about the PS5. Cerny said that the PlayStation 5 would be based in part on PS4 architecture and thus would be able to play PS4 games. It does sound like Sony is working hard towards making this a reality, but that the feature isn't finished yet. Perhaps we should expect that; it's not launching until holiday 2020, after all. Still, there's a small chance the PlayStation 5 won't be able to play every PS4 game after all, or that backward compatibility won't be finished in time for the console's launch. There's still plenty of time though, so watch this space.

The PlayStation 5 is Sony's next major entry into the console market. It's launching in time for holiday season 2020. New features include haptic feedback in the new controller, a solid-state drive, and a 4K Blu-ray disc drive. If you're still in love with your PS4, don't worry. The Last of Us Part IIDeath Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima will all still launch on Sony's current-gen console.

Would you miss backward compatibility on the PlayStation 5? Let us know in the comments below!

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