Sony revealed the PlayStation 5’s price and release date ($399 for the all-digital variation, and $499 for the one with a disc drive, both out on November 12 th), as well as the company’s six launch titles that will be readily available at release. That’s not a big lineup, and you may be questioning if you can play some of your PS4 collection on your brand-new PS5 as more games become available– and luckily, it looks like there’s a good chance you will.
The new console is “99 percent” backwards compatible with the PS4 games the company has actually evaluated on it so far, Sony PlayStation manager Jim Ryan stated in an interview with The Washington Post In March, Sony said it believed the “frustrating majority” of PS4 video games would be backward compatible with the PS5, so hearing that “99 percent” should deal with the new console is assuring, if unspecific.
And while Sony hasn’t shared a precise list of which video games will be backwards compatible, we do know that PS5 owners will be able to download and play a traditional collection of PS4 games with simply a PlayStation Plus membership, consisting of God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
But even though we do not understand all the information about PS5’s backwards compatibility, the scenario currently sounds a lot better than what was readily available throughout the PS4’s 2013 launch, where you were able to play precisely absolutely no PS3 games. That didn’t alter up until the launch of PlayStation Now, Sony’s game streaming service, a year later on, however the service only provides a curated list of PS3 video games (and now, PS2 and PS1 video games).
The Xbox One likewise didn’t have backwards compatibility throughout its 2013 launch, but added the capability to play some Xbox 360 video games in 2015 and broadening that to the initial Xbox in 2017— though in both cases, Microsoft needed to separately make each game work on Xbox One gradually. However Microsoft assures that the approaching Xbox Series X/ S will be able to play “thousands” of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games.