New PS4 games must be forwards compatible with the PS5 from mid-July - report

By Sean Carey,
New Playstation 4 games submitted to Sony for certification after July 13th must be PlayStation 5 compatible according to a new report from Eurogamer. This means that all PS4 Sony receives after this date must work on the PS5.


Eurogamer says its seen developer documentation released on PlayStation's internal partner website that shows developers must confirm if their game has been tested and is compatible with the PS5. This option was added to a new version of Sony's PS4 software developer kit in April.

Developers will be contacted by Sony individually on how to test if their game is compatible with the PlayStation 5. A game is only considered compatible if it runs on the next-gen hardware without any issues and provides the same features as it does on the PS4.

The developer notes also cover existing game patches and remasters. If a game was submitted for certification before July 13th, remasters do not have to be compatible with the PS5, but Sony has "strongly recommended" it. If a game is submitted after the cutoff date, any future patches or remasters need to keep PS5 compatibility.

Eurogamer's report goes on to say that Sony exclusives, Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us: Part II will be forwards compatible with the PS5.

In more PS5 news, Sony has announced a PS5 game reveal event for next week.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!