PlayStation clarifies backwards compatibility for the PS5

By Heidi Nicholas,
Sony's recent Road to PS5 livestream had lead system architect Mark Cerny detail the full PS5 specs, but the presentation also caused some confusion about the backwards compatibility of the next-gen console. Sony has now provided an update to clear this up, stating that "the overwhelming majority" of PS4 titles will be playable on the PS5.


On the PlayStation blog, senior VP Hideaki Nishino says that "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", Nishino continues, adding that they're looking at games on a "title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers."

Nishino clarifies that in the presentation, Cerny was discussing "a snapshot into the Top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well our backward compatibility efforts are going." Sony has, it seems, already tested "hundreds of titles" and "are preparing to test thousands more" as the launch date for the PS5 approaches.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!