Sony clarifies PS5 backward compatibility, says ‘majority’ of PS4 games will be playable

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When Sony announced the PlayStation 5 specs earlier this week, it said that it’d been testing the top 100 PlayStation 4 games for backward compatibility on the new console and that almost all of those should be playable at the PS5 launch. Now Sony has clarified the matter a bit.

Sony said today that it expects “the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.” It explains that backward compatible games will likely run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and possibly higher resolutions.

As a result, Sony is testing these games on a title-by-title basis to check for any issues that might need fixed by developers.

Sony goes on to say that when Mark Cerny talked about testing the top 100 PS4 games on PS5 earlier this week, he was “demonstrating how well our backward compatibility efforts are going.” Sony has already tested hundreds of games, the company explains, and it’s getting ready to test thousands more as we get closer to the PlayStation 5’s launch.

Backward compatibility is a major feature of new consoles. Not only does it ensure that previous generation games that a person might own won’t just be useless when they move to a new console, but someone who might have missed out on the previous gen console will have a huge library of games to play on the new system.

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