Most PlayStation 4 Games Will Run On The PlayStation 5, Too

If you don’t want to upgrade just yet, Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) provided a relaxing statement.

We have heard before that the PlayStation 5 will include backwards compatibility for many PlayStation 4 titles (but not for the first three generations, even though the new hardware should run the PS1 and PS2 games without the hassle…). Regarding the subject, Ryan told Washington Post that the PlayStation 5 will be 99% backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4 library. The PlayStation Plus subscribers can also gain access to 18 of some of the best PS4 titles via the PlayStation Plus Collection from day one.

Ryan also told the publication that he expects the PlayStation 4 to be supported for the next three, four years, meaning the PS4 won’t be immediately killed after the arrival of the PlayStation 5, and the old console can still live on until 2024 at the latest. It’s going to benefit those who don’t want to or can’t upgrade to the next generation (and since we’re highly likely to face a global recession due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people will stay on the current console…).

Perhaps this is why SIE made the announcement that says: „To support the PlayStation 4 community as they transition to the next generation when they’re ready, SIE will launch PlayStation 4 versions of a few exclusive titles: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West.” However, this goes against what Ryan previously said (something along the lines of „it’s time to give the players an experience they can only access on PlayStation 5”). That’s what you call a 180° turn. Oh, the PlayStation 4 > PlayStation 5 upgrade will be free, too!

The PlayStation 5 Standard Edition and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will launch on November 12/19, depending on your region.

Source: Gematsu, PSU, WCCFTech

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