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PS5 Will Play “99%” of PS4 Games, Says Sony Boss

Backwards compatibility is a big deal these days. As more and more of us buy our games digitally, we want the comfort of knowing that they don’t have a shelf life and can be carried between console generations.

Sony hasn’t been shy about PS5 backwards compatibility, but the platform holder hasn’t been as forward as Microsoft has around the issue.

Sony’s Jim Ryan may have set the record straight with his latest interview with Washington Post, with the PlayStation chief stating that “99%” of PS4 games will run on PS5. Hopefully, that means we can stop wondering. But… It does still leave a few questions open. Like, will all of those games that do run, run from day one? What games make up the 1% that don’t work? Surely, given the PS4’s massive library, at least one or two games of note will be within that tiny 1% bracket.

As with all thing, time will tell. We’re just a couple of months away from release, so expect more clarity as we get closer to launch day. Or don’t. We never really know with Sony, do we?

Sony didn’t talk about PS5 and PS4 backwards compatibility during the PS5 showcase, but it did show a lot of cool stuff.. The big one that had many gasping for air as the show hit its final notes was the tease for God of War: Ragnarok. We also had our first look at the long-rumoured Harry Potter RPG, Hogwarts Legacy. Sony also announced that Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales would be available on PS4 as well as PS5, a sharp turnaround from the previously held line of “next-gen only.” Not only that, but Horizon Forbidden West will also be losing its PS5 exclusivity.

Of course, we also got the good news that PS5 players who have an active PS Plus subscription would be treated to some free games available on day one. This has been dubbed The PS Plus Collection, and it carries with it a selection of the best PS4 games, including The Last of Us Remastered, God of War, and Battlefield 1. We also got a new Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8) trailer that’ll scare your socks off and confirmation that Fortnite will be a launch game on PS5.

Source: Washington Post

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