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PS5 will be ‘99 percent’ backward compatible with PS4 games

Sony revealed the PlayStation 5’s worth and launch date ($399 for the all-digital version, and $499 for the one with a disc drive, each out on November 12th), in addition to the corporate’s six launch titles that will be out there at launch. That’s not an enormous lineup, and also you may be questioning in the event you can play a few of your PS4 assortment in your new PS5 as extra games develop into out there — and happily, it looks like there’s an excellent probability you will.

The new console is “99 percent” backward compatible with the PS4 games the corporate has examined on it to date, Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan mentioned in an interview with The Washington Post. In March, Sony said it believed the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games would be backward compatible with the PS5, so listening to that “99 percent” ought to work on the brand new console is assuring, if unspecific.

And whereas Sony hasn’t shared a precise listing of which games will be backward compatible, we do know that PS5 house owners will be in a position to obtain and play a basic assortment of PS4 games with just a PlayStation Plus subscription, together with God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

But despite the fact that we don’t know all the small print about PS5’s backward compatibility, the state of affairs already sounds loads higher than what was out there throughout the PS4’s 2013 launch, the place you have been in a position to play precisely zero PS3 games. That didn’t change till the launch of PlayStation Now, Sony’s recreation streaming service, a year later, however the service solely gives a curated listing of PS3 games (and now, PS2 and PS1 games). And PlayStation Now doesn’t allow you to play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games you already personal — you’re solely in a position to play what’s out there on the service.

The Xbox One additionally didn’t have backward compatibility throughout its 2013 launch, however added the flexibility to play some Xbox 360 games in 2015 and increasing that to the unique Xbox in 2017 — although in each circumstances, Microsoft needed to individually make every recreation work on Xbox One over time. But Microsoft guarantees that the upcoming Xbox Series X / S will be in a position to play “thousands” of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and authentic Xbox games.

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