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Sony details PlayStation 5's backwards compatibility - It's a mixed bag

'errors or unexpected behaviour' are expected in some games

Sony details PlayStation 5's backwards compatibility - It's a mixed bag

Sony details PlayStation 5's backwards compatibility - It's a mixed bag

In a new blog post, Sony has confirmed that an "overwhelming majority" of PlayStation 4 games will be playable on PlayStation 5, revealing that only ten known games are incompatible with the company's next-generation gaming system. 

With the PlayStation 4 s library being over 4,000 titles strong, PlayStation 5's playability factor for PS4 games sits at over 99%, which is excellent news for users of Sony's latest console. 

That said, Sony's statements about backwards compatibility are concerning. Sony has stated that PlayStation 4 titles may "exhibit errors or unexpected behaviour", and that DualShock 4 (PS4) controllers are recommended over the PS5's DualSense gamepad. Worse still is the fact that Sony says that players should "try to boot and play your PS4 games on your PS5 console to see if you are happy with the play experience" before purchasing DLC. 

Sony doesn't promise perfect backwards compatibility for PS4 titles on PS5/ Players will need to jump through some hoops to have the best possible experience. PS5 owners will need to own a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 gamepad to prevent potential compatibility issues, even though this gamepad will be unable to play PlayStation 5 games. In addition to this, only selected PlayStation 4 games will benefit from PlayStation 5's "Game Boost" mode. 

Sony details PlayStation 5's backwards compatibility - It's a mixed bag

When compared to Microsoft's Xbox Series X/S systems, Sony's backwards compatibility with PlayStation 5 is weak. Microsoft's new consoles offer backwards compatibility with all Xbox One titles and selected Xbox and Xbox 360 releases, all of which can benefit from the increased performance of Microsoft's new hardware. Microsoft users will also no need to downgrade to an Xbox One controller to play these games without any issues. 

Below is a list of games which are known to not work on PlayStation 5. Sony says that this list is subject to change and excludes game demos. Games may be removed from this list as Sony updates the firmware of their PlayStation 5 consoles. We how that no games will be added to this list when gamers start running their existing games libraries on PlayStation 5. 

- DWVR
- Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One
- TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge 2
- Just Deal With It!
- Shadow Complex Remastered
- Robinson: The Journey
- We Sing
- Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
- Shadwen
- Joe's Diner


PlayStation 4 games will lose support for features like PS4 Tournaments, In-Game Live and PlayStation 4 Second Screen app/ game companion app support. 

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10-10-2020, 11:48:24

Digikid
That's a bit messed up for sure.... Quote

10-10-2020, 12:04:59

Greenback
errors or unexpected behaviour? how many games will experience these, what is the base line between playable and not playable? are random crashes classed as unexpected behaviour or does it make the game an unplayable 1Quote

10-10-2020, 13:02:57

NeverBackDown
I mean really not a big deal. After 6-12 months everybody will have moved on anyways. The games that are still played will be patched for next gen with the free upgrade.

They said 99% of games work, so it's probably only for the 1% that doesn't. Only annoying thing is the use of a DS4.Quote
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