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Sony: “Overwhelming Majority” of PS4 Games Will Work on PS5

Sony’s messaging around PS5 backwards compatibility with PS4 games wasn’t very clear during Mark Cerny’s deep dive spec breakdown earlier this week, and it has led to some confusion about which PS4 games will be playable on PS5, and which won’t.

To clear the air, Sony has posted a brief update on the PlayStation Blog, assuring fans that the “overwhelming majority” of the PS4’s library will be playable on PS5. The reason for the confusion came from Mark Cerny’s explanation about playing PS4 games on PS5 with the next-gen console’s “boost” mode. Cerny stated that the company has tested around 100 of the top-played games with the PS5’s boost mode, and that they mostly work, but games using PS5 boost mode would need to be tested on a case-by-case basis.

In other words, most PS4 games will work on PS5, but not all of them will make use of the PS5’s boost mode which would potentially deliver higher frame rates and resolutions. Thankfully Sony has cleared this up, so any fears about not being able to carry your PS4 digital library over to PS5 should be quashed with this statement. What’s a little odd is that it has taken Sony two full days to communicate this important information to fans, leaving two days of uncertainty to spread.

The full statement is down below:

A quick update on backward compatibility – With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalog, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.

We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions. We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.

In his presentation, Mark Cerny provided a snapshot into the Top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well our backward compatibility efforts are going. We have already tested hundreds of titles and are preparing to test thousands more as we move toward launch. We will provide updates on backward compatibility, along with much more PS5 news, in the months ahead. Stay tuned!

Source: PlayStation Blog

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