Backwards compatibility has been a large talking point for the PlayStation 5 since official talk from Sony regarding the console started last year, and now we have a better idea of what exactly that will entail.
In an update to a PlayStation.Blog post that accompanied “The Road to PS5” video presentation, in which lead architect Mark Cerny broke down some of the specifics of the systems hardware, it was revealed that Sony believed the “overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5”.
While it isn’t an exact list of all of the titles that will be playable, Sony seems to be casting a wide net, which will likely include all of the first-party PlayStation 4 titles, alongside a large array of the most popular third-party titles. The statement also talked about improved performance, claiming:
“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.”
This is undoubtedly good news for certain PlayStation 4 titles such as Bloodborne and The Last Guardian, which have garnered criticism for their arguably inadequate technical performances on PlayStation 4.
The PlayStation 5 is set to release in Winter 2020.