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PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Not All PS4 Games to Work at Launch

Sony’s PS5 specs reveal is still streaming at the time of writing, but the lead architect for the PS5, Mark Cerny, has dropped some information about how the console will handle backwards compatibility with PS4 games. It’s not good news.

Cerny said: “Running PS4 and PS4 Pro titles at boosted frequencies has also added complexity. The boost is truly massive this time around but some game code just can’t handle it,” continuing with “testing has to be done on a title-by-title basis.”

So what does this mean for PS5 backwards compatibility? It means that not all of your PS4 games will be natively playable on PS5, and even less of them will benefit from the PS5’s ‘boost mode’, though there is a workaround: PlayStation Now, Sony’s subscription streaming service that currently works on PC and PS4, and allows players to play PS4 and PS3 games via streaming, or download PS4 games to play natively.

Of the games that will work out of the gate, Cerny said “we recently took a look at the top 100 PS4 titles as ranked by playtime and we’re expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5.”

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