Jim Ryan, CEO and president of Sony, anticipates that compatibility with PlayStation 4 games on PS5 will be guaranteed. Official statement.
PS5 will be backward compatible with “99%” of PlayStation 4 video games, said Jim Ryan, CEO and president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, in a meeting with The Washington Post. The Japanese company, which revealed on Wednesday night the launch catalog of the console along with the price and date of departure of the two models, has sent a message of calm about backward compatibility; which seems definitely limited to PS4.
Almost all PS4 games can be played on PS5
The statement has been brief and has not gone into assessing many details. When asked about the “thousands of video games” that claimed that they would end up being compatible with PS5, the answer has been basically “99%”, which leaves a margin of error for those titles that, for whatever circumstance, require a peripheral or component not compatible with the fifth generation of brand consoles.
Sony confirmed backward compatibility in “Legacy Mode” back in March 2020. There are no more specific details.
It has also been at the PlayStation Showcase where a new subscription modality has been presented within PS Plus called PS Plus Collection, a collection of 18 video games (both first party and third party) available for download from the first day just for being subscribed ; yes, the price has not transcended, presumably higher than the current standard subscription modality of PlayStation Plus. To highlight, Persona 5, The Last of Us Remastered, Resident Evil 7, Mortal Kombat X, Monster Hunter World, Until Down, Infamous Second Son, Battlefield 1… You can check the complete list here.
Something that is guaranteed is that a multitude of games that will be released from now on for PS4 will update for free to PS5; including PlayStation Studios titles. In fact, at the event held this September 16 it was confirmed that works such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon: Forbidden West and Sackboy: A Big Adventure will be intergenerational, so there will be a version for PS4 and PS5 (with free update for those who decide to take the leap).
PlayStation 5 and PS5 All Digital will go on sale November 19 in Europe; November 12 in Japan and North America for 499 euros and 399 euros, respectively. In countries like Spain, reservations are already open.