Sony to Support Backward Compatibility in PlayStation 5

Tajammul Pangarkar
Tajammul Pangarkar

Updated · Apr 17, 2019

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Sony is not much famous for the backward compatibility with its gaming consoles from PlayStation series. But now, Sony announced that they include the backward compatibility for PlayStation 4 games on PlayStation 5 gaming console. Sony is getting ready to launch the PlayStation 5 gaming console, and the announcement of Backward compatibility is one of the best feature updates that the PlayStation users were waiting. Mark Cerny, Lead System Architect said that the new PlayStation 5 devices are capable of playing the older generation PlayStation 4 games without any hiccups.

Although the upcoming PlayStation is not officially named as PlayStation 5, it is a commonly used name as it is next in the series. Unlike Microsoft Upcoming Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, the upcoming PlayStation will use the Discs to load the games. According to many sources, the new PlayStation will have the Solid State Drives, instead of the Hard Disk Drives. So, the PlayStation 4 games will run faster on PlayStation 5 as the backward compatibility is enabled. Also, Mark Cerny expects more games to release for PS5 with the console. With more games to play from the first day, it will be good for everyone to enjoy the PS5.

As the games made for PS4 will play just smoothly on upcoming PS5, there is no need for users to purchase new games. Gamers can reuse old games and buying new games only if they are a PS5 exclusive. According to the numbers shared by Mark Cerny, a game which took 15 seconds to load on PlayStation 4 took less than one second on the latest iteration. With the addition of Backward compatibility, the users can upgrade the hardware and still play the PS4 games, saving some bucks spent on Games. As of now, Sony did not share the information about the exact launch date of the device, but we are expecting it anytime next year.

Tajammul Pangarkar

Tajammul Pangarkar

Tajammul Pangarkar is a CMO at Prudour Pvt Ltd. Tajammul longstanding experience in the fields of mobile technology and industry research is often reflected in his insightful body of work. His interest lies in understanding tech trends, dissecting mobile applications, and raising general awareness of technical know-how. He frequently contributes to numerous industry-specific magazines and forums. When he’s not ruminating about various happenings in the tech world, he can usually be found indulging in his next favorite interest - table tennis.