During Mark Cerny’s incredibly dull and underwhelming PlayStation 5 deep dive, folks freaked out when he stated that the PS5 will play the 100 most-played PS4 titles. Sony would like a redo please.
What Cerny should have said was the the PS5 will play the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games. Maybe he was distracted talking about how awesome the PS5’s SSD is?
Anyway, Sony clarified in an official blog post:
“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!“Sony
Big difference and good on Sony on clarifying this.
Still, we’re only (only?) talking about one generation of backwards compatibility. Microsoft has spoiled gamers with what they have been able to accomplish with their catalog of backwards compatible titles. To confirm, making old games work on new hardware is hard.