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PS5 backwards compatibility won't support all PS4 games at launch

Not all PS4 games are created equal as Mark Cerny confirmed today that the PS5 won't support all PS4 games with backwards compatibility at launch, but that could change later.

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Backwards compatibility is a huge feature and the center of a lot of conversations when you talk about the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Those looking to be able to play their favorite PlayStation 4 games on the PS5 will be sad to know that the PS5 won’t support all PS4 games with backwards compatibility at launch.

The news came during the Road to PS5 video presentation with Mark Cerny earlier today. In the video, Cerny talks about the importance of backwards compatibility, how Sony is approaching it with the PlayStation 5, and then touches on the fact that unfortunately, not all the PS4 games out there will be available with backwards compatibility on the PS5 at launch. Of course, this is always something that can change over time, and we’ve seen a great example of this with how the fine folks at Xbox constantly delivered new titles to the backwards compatibility catalogue on the Xbox One.

When talking about the PlayStation 5 in today's presentation, Cerny stated that, "running PS4 and PS4 titles at boosted frequencies has also added complexity." He continued, "the boost is truly massive this time around and some game code just can't handle it. Testing has to be done on a title by title basis." It sounds like the developers have their work cut out for them, but Cerny seemed positive that things would work out in the end.

While this might seem more doom and gloom than many want, Cerny later states that, "results are excellent, though." and that Sony tested the top 100 PlayStation 4 games as ranked by playtime, and the company is expecting "almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5." Of course, the full results remain to be seen. Sony still has plenty of time ahead of the PS5's holiday release window, so we'll be keeping an eye out for any additional updates on the topic.

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    March 18, 2020 9:45 AM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, PS5 backwards compatibility won't support all PS4 games at launch

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      March 18, 2020 9:50 AM

      Awesome, can't wait to buy an XBox Series X at launch.

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      March 18, 2020 10:24 AM

      that fuckin sucks, man. can't believe sony saw the 360's half-baked backwards compat and said "yeah that looks alright"

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        March 18, 2020 11:49 AM

        The majority of it will be playable, but the problem is Sony hasn't put in the OS design on backwards compatibility like MS has. The Xbox One uses virtualization tech in all its OS's I believe, allowing much greater control over what is presented as the OS to the game (and, more importantly, what hardware is available to said OS) than every other instance of backwards compatibility that hasn't literally been a separate boot OS (see most preexisting nearly 100% compatible backwards compatibility examples in consoles, save like the Virtual Console emulation).

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      March 18, 2020 2:18 PM

      Thats one way to put it, everyone else: "PS5 will support ‘almost all’ of the top 100 PS4 games at launch"

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      March 18, 2020 7:05 PM

      That's because it's too powerful.

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