PlayStation VP now says PS5 is compatible with the 'overwhelming majority' of PS4 games

Cal Jeffrey

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On Monday, PlayStation updated its keynote recap, explicitly addressing the concerns over backward compatibility. According to Sony’s Senior Vice President of Platform Planning & Management Hideaki Nishino, the PS5 should support “the overwhelming majority” of PlayStation 4 games.

“We’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5,” said the VP. “We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.”

Nishino-san also said that PlayStation 4 titles should run better on the next-gen console. Back-compatible titles should benefit from the boosted frequencies of the PS5, which will provide higher and more stable frame rates, as well as the possibility for higher resolutions. Sony is currently in the process of testing PS4 titles on the new hardware, which is what led to Mark Cerny's misunderstood statement.

“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.”

So it appears fans can rest assured that most, if not all, of their current PS4 library, will carry over and even run better on the new system. The clarification was important considering that a failure to implement backward compatibility on the PlayStation 5 would put Sony at a significant disadvantage against Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.

The Series X already has a leg up on the PS5 since Microsoft has been promising that it would not just be back-compatible with Xbox One titles, but would support four generations of software. Sony does not plan on making the PlayStation 5 fully cross-generational, except through its PlayStation Now service. Of course, since PS Now is by subscription only, Microsoft could play that card to its advantage.

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m4a4

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Wait, people took that initial statement as ONLY supporting the top 100?
I assumed it was always going to be an ongoing support, just that launch wouldn't have thousands of games supported (like XSX).
“We’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5,” said the VP. “We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.”
As for this statement, it doesn't technically clarify it. It's still a question of "when" (beyond the top 100 at launch).
 
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dangh

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"Last week, PS5 architect Mark Cerny stated that the PlayStation 5 would be backward compatible with “almost all of the top 100” PS4 games on launch."

nope, he actually said they tested 100 games and most of them were working flawlessly and will be available day one, never said that those were all games which are going to be available, or all games they are going to test in 6 months.
 

Cal Jeffrey

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"Last week, PS5 architect Mark Cerny stated that the PlayStation 5 would be backward compatible with “almost all of the top 100” PS4 games on launch."

nope, he actually said they tested 100 games and most of them were working flawlessly and will be available day one, never said that those were all games which are going to be available, or all games they are going to test in 6 months.
The actual quote was:

"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 play time, and we're expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5."