PS5 backwards compatibility clarification: “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games will work

During the week, Mark Cerny gave a deep dive into technical specs of the PS5, and one of the things spoken about was backwards compatibility. During the talk Mark Cerny spoke about backwards compatibility in the context of the top 100 played games on PS4 and how they had been tested to work on the PS5. While this was interesting news it did sow some confusion regarding whether all PS4 games would be backwards compatible or not. To clear up the confusion Sony has released a new statement that you can read below.

UPDATE: 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!

As you can see in the statement, Sony states a majority of PS4 games will be playable on PS5. That may be the company giving itself a little leeway in case certain games are not compatible for whatever reason, or there may be other issues in getting the full library across. If you want to know more about the PS5 and, indeed, the Xbox Series X you can check out a comparison article here.

Source: PS Blog 

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