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Sony Confirms PS5 Will Be Backwards Compatible With Almost 4000 PS4 Games After Facing Backlash



Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation will be backwards compatible with almost 4,000 PlayStation 4 games at launch and will even run better on the next-gen console. Sony had to clarify the backwards compatibility of the console, thanks to an ambiguous statement by Mark Cerny which suggested the console would support the top 100 PS4 games at launch. Sony has now clarified after fan backlash that the console will be able to run almost 4000+ PlayStation 4 games.

Sony Confirms PS5 Will Be Backwards Compatible With Almost 4000 PS4 Games After Facing Backlash © YouTube/Sony PlayStation

Sony updated a post on its PlayStation blog with more information about the backwards compatibility feature of the PlayStation 5. While the blogpost does confirm that almost every game will be able to run on the console, they still need to be tested individually to optimise the game for the PlayStation 5. In the blogpost update, Sony said: âA quick update on backward compatibility â With all of the amazing games in PS4âs catalogue, weâve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favourites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5."

Weâre expecting backwards 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. Weâre 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 of the top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well backward compatibility efforts are going. He said, "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!â

Sony Confirms PS5 Will Be Backwards Compatible With Almost 4000 PS4 Games After Facing Backlash © BCCL

While the update is quite reassuring, it comes at a time when Sony was met with criticisms from fans. In comparison, the Xbox Series X will support every Xbox One game at launch including titles from Xbox 360 and the original Xbox if the game is playable on the Xbox One console. Sony also faced criticism from fans as the event did not show the console or how it would work. The video presentation by Mark Cerny was supposed to be for game developers and a proper reveal for fans is scheduled sometime later this year. 

Disappointed with #PS5Reveal

The MOST REQUESTED FEATURE is not as great as most wanted, #PlayStation5 will not be backward compatible with PS1, PS2, PS3 & only 100 PS4 games will work at launch

We may never again experience the Glory days of PS2, best FIFA Career Mode Era pic.twitter.com/5GwqJLLpEq

â Career Mode Insider (@CareerModeInsid) March 18, 2020

#PlayStation5 will be backwards compatible...

...with only about 100 PS4 games. Not backwards compatible with PS1-3. pic.twitter.com/m1uxE3JX5q

â Oliver Jia (ãªãªãã¼Â·ã¸ã¢) (@OliverJia1014) March 18, 2020

Having said that, the PlayStation 5 being compatible with over 4,000 games means players will be able to bring most of their game library with them. It will also remove the need for users to buy their favourite games again on the PlayStation 5. Additionally, we can expect some of the older games to run smoother and at higher frame rates which was not possible on the current generation consoles. If the PlayStation 5 can run games like PUBG, Call of Duty Warzone at higher frame rates, it will give these games a new life amongst its users. If previous games like God of War, Uncharted , The Last of US, Bloodborne and other exclusives will run better on the new console, itâs a good reason to buy the console on its own. 

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