Sony released a deep dive into its PS5 console today, and regarding backwards compatibility there’s both good news and bad news.
Let’s get the bad news over with first: PS5 will not play your old PS3, PS2 and PS1 games. The full backwards compatibility dream is over. So, the good news? It will play your PS4 games. Or at least some of them.
The PS5 is just too fast when it comes to playing PS4 games, apparently. Running PS4 games in boost mode automatically, the result is that issues arise in some titles, so they will need to be tested on a case-by-case basis. Disappointingly, it seems that some games will have to run in Legacy Mode without any improvements.
Sony is currently testing the top 100 PS4 titles, and plans to have the majority if not all of those available to play on PS5 at launch. So, expect to be able to play the likes of Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Fortnite. But if you have niche titles that you like to play, you might be waiting a while until you can play them on PS5.
Hopefully Sony will reveal the list of games it expects the PS5 to support via backwards compatibility at launch soon. You can watch the Road to PS5 deep dive below.