Sony post then remove the news that a “system update” is needed for backwards compatibility on PS5

Bit of an odd one here, the official PlayStation 5 website was updated and under the heading “Stunning games” the following text was posted.

Marvel at incredible graphics and experience new PS5™ features. Play a back catalog of supported PS4™ games with system update.

Up until this point Sony had not mentioned anything about system updates to run backwards compatible games, it was assumed this was an out-of-the-box feature. The page was quickly updated and the text has been removed but you can see a cached version of the page here.


However, the wording may be an little obtuse and actually refer to an update to the games themselves rather than the PlayStation 5 firmware.

When 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.

 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!

So, probably nothing to worry about.


Source: PSU

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  1. Cerny’s comments about it didn’t really sow confusion, did they? Some people just deliberately took it the wrong way. It was quite clear what he was saying.

    They seem to be doing it again with the news that all PS4 games submitted to Sony from July 13 have to be PS5 compatible. Which really just seems to mean “the PS5 will run PS4 games, it’s obviously not going to be 100% perfect, but we’re making sure anything new will definitely run”. Which is probably exactly the same situation with the Series X, except MS aren’t being so honest about it.

    Of course, some people have already taken it to mean “only new games will be compatible, and MS have it 100% perfect”. When really, both will have close to 100% BC, and the few cases that aren’t will most likely get patched, or there’ll be a work around, or it’s something so obscure that the publishers went tits up because their shit game sold 3 copies.

    • I did sow confusion. He only talked about having looked at the top 100, and that they’ll “expand backwards compatibility coverage over time.” The wording deliberately plays it safe, it sounded unsure, even if the hope and expectation is that the vast majority will work just fine. That’s why Sony needed to clarify.

    • I think for Sony to have released a new statement to clarify on what Cerny was talking about qualifies as confusion.

  2. I’m disappointed they haven’t gone for full back-compat with all previous playstation consoles. They could have at least done PS1 & PS2 since we know they already have working emulators for those.

    I hope all the great work Xbox is doing for backwards compatibility prompts Sony to follow suit.

    • PlayStation Now. There you go.

      • Isn’t there only like 20 PS2 games on PS Now? And No PS1 games at all?
        Renting a small curated list of classics is not backwards compatability in any way shape or form

      • Downloading a few hundred games that they could be bothered to make compatible isn’t that much better either.

        A quick Googling says it’s 28% of 360 games and 4% of original XBox games that work on the XBone.

      • “Bothered”? Come on. All those games had to go through the same testing process that next-gen games have to go through, and it’s more involved from 360 to XBO than it is from XBO to XSX or PS4 to PS5 because of architecture and software differences.

        As for the percentages of what’s been made available, there’s needing/wanting to have approval from the rights holders to consider, there’s also just the availability of these games. For original Xbox in particular, none of these games existed on the digital store, there’s a deeper tangle of rights surrounding defunct publishers and music to pick apart. Oh, and with so many remasters out there, some things simply won’t be worth the effort.

        No, it’s not universal on previous generations and they want to make a few quid off the efforts, but if you do have those games on disc, BC is free and not tied to a subscription.

      • Sony shipped a fully functioning PS1 emulator with the PSP in 2005, and homebrew developers working on the PS3 found that re-released PS2 classics actually included a fully functioning PS2 emulator that can be used to play most PS2 games without major bugs. (and it even works on jailbroken PS4s as well).

        Maybe PS3 would be outside the realm of possibility due to the architectural differences and the development effort needed, but we already know that Sony has working PS1 & PS2 emulators, so it’s a real shame they haven’t put the effort in to include them with PS5.

  3. What is it with all this BC for old generations (PS1, PS2, PS3)? Too many games to actually go back and spend time on them and they look crappy.

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