PS5 backwards compatibility works with "99 percent" of the thousands of PS4 games, SIE CEO says

PS Plus Collection also announced.

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2020年09月19日, 午前 11:52 in egmt

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Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has said that of the thousands of games tested for PS4 backwards compatibility, “99 percent” can be played on PlayStation 5.

Sony's explanation of PS4 backwards compatibility for the PS5 was initially described as "almost all of the top 100 most popular PS4 games" and was later supplemented with "the majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5". The term "majority" was open to interpretation, but even with the caveat that it was "tested" rather than all PS4 games, the guarantee was confirmed to run close to 100 percent.

The PS5's backward compatibility was stated to have been achieved by including PS4 and PS4 Pro "legacy modes" in the main processor's GPU itself, a reflection on the PS3's PS2 compatibility, which was physically loaded with PS2 chips.

However, because the PS5 has a much higher processor clock count and other features, each title had to be tested one by one, and as of March of this year, that was limited to the "top 100 most popular PS4 games". Six months later, that number has grown to thousands, most of which have probably worked successfully on ps5.

In addition, the possibility of backwards compatibility with the original PS to PS3 has been increased to "no" due to an unintentional mention by a third party. This should not be seen as a particular problem, as Sony has never publicly promised this.

Sony also announced the PS Plus Collection at a video event on September 16, along with the release date and price of the PS5. This is a new perk of the PlayStation Plus service for paid subscribers, which allows select PS4 titles to be downloaded and played on the PS5. God of War, Bloodborne, Batman: Arkham Knight and Persona 5 are among the titles that will be available for download to PS5.

However, the rollout of the service will vary by country and region. There's no word on how to use the service or how much it will cost, so we'll have to wait for more announcements in the future.

Source: The Washington Post

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


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