PS5 will run ‘overwhelming majority’ of PS4 games insists Sony

Sony has been forced to hit back over the increasingly delicate subject of backwards compatibility, promising around 4,000 games for the PS5.

The next gen console wars are finally starting to heat up, as Sony has deemed it necessary to clarify its position over backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 5.

Earlier, Microsoft had confirmed that all Xbox One games, and all other games that are currently backwards compatible, would run on the Xbox Series X – far more than the 100 initially promised by Sony for the PlayStation 5.

And so a few hours later Sony updated its blog with a clearer statement about exactly how many PlayStation 4 games would run on their new console. Here’s the text in full:

With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalogue, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favourites 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!

Considering how little Sony has said about the PlayStation 5 in the last year or so, that sort of rushed update seems to be tacit proof that they’re aware how badly the first PlayStation 5 livestream went down with some fans.

It doesn’t necessarily represent any kind of change in policy though, as Mark Cerny never said there wouldn’t be more than 100 backwards compatible games at launch – just that they were concentrating on the most popular games at first.

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