PlayStation 5: Functions And Backward Compatibility Detailed In A Site’s Source Code

The Internet version of the PlayStation Store already lists a few details about Sony‘s next-gen PlayStation console.

On Reddit and the ResetEra forums, we found several details about the source code of the PlayStation Store, and while there are no massive surprises, we can see what Sony is trying to do. For example, „Playing PlayStation 4 games on PlayStation 5, some functionalities available on PlayStation 4 may not be available.” – this seems obvious, and there’s also a webpage in the error message, but since it doesn’t work, we’re not including that.

„This PlayStation 4 game isn’t supported with your PlayStation 5’s current system software. We’re continuing to make more PlayStation 4 games playable on PlayStation 5. Update your PS5, and then try playing the game.” This one is interesting because Sony has previously said that 99% of the PlayStation 4’s library is going to be supported on the PlayStation 5. The next one is intriguing: „PlayStation 5 boost mode enabled.” It looks like certain PlayStation 4 titles will get extra frame rate and resolution on the new PlayStation.

The DualSense is also included in the source code. One example is „msgid_ps5_controller_trigger_effect” meaning „Trigger effect required,” and „msgid_ps5_controller_vibration” meaning „Vibration function required.” And there’s some new information about console sharing: „If the ‘Console Sharing and Offline Play’ setting is enabled for your PlayStation 5, players aged 18+ who aren’t PlayStation Now subscribers will be able to play PS Now games from the game’s shortcut icon (displayed on the PS5 home screen) as well as in the PS Now app.” There’s also some details about a cross-gen party chat: „Message and voice chat with friends across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation App.” However, we have yet to see if it only applies to certain games or if it’s a general function. There are also references to a wishlist on PlayStation 5 (think of Steam). The parties can also have a maximum of a hundred members, and the users can share video clips, albums, artists, playlists, and tracks on the console. Naming and setting an icon of the group is also possible.

It’s not official yet, but these references have to be in the source code for a good reason.

Source: PSL

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