Sony Clarifies Backwards Compatibility Confusion; Majority of 4,000+ PS4 Titles Will Be Playable on PS5

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Sony Clarifies Backwards Compatibility Confusion;  Majority of 4,000+ PS4 Titles Will Be Playable on PS5

During Wednesday's PlayStation 5 presentation, Mark Cerny — lead system architect for the next-gen console — said that the new machine would support "almost all" of the top 100 PS4 games (ranked by playtime) at launch via its backwards compatibility feature.

Shortly after the conference's end, some players (purposefully or not) started spreading misinformation (mostly on Twitter) that PS5 would support only a hundred games that originally debuted on PS4.

Today, Sony finally decided to clarify this "confusion." "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," SIE Senior Vice President at Hideaki Nishino explained in an update on the PlayStation Blog. "We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5." Nishino then added:

"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!"

Unfortunately for fans of classic games, it seems that PS5 won't support any titles from the PS1-PS3 era.