Yes, you will be able to play some of your PS4 games on a PS5. You will not be able to play anything from previous generations like PS3 and PS2.
What is backward compatibility and why is it so important?
Backward compatibility is a process that supports older legacy games in new generation systems. Basically, for PlayStation and Xbox, you can insert a disc designed for an older console into your new system and it will just work. We have seen this work between Xbox 360 and Xbox One due to the Xbox emulation process, but it would be something new for PlayStation.
Almost everyone has favorite games that they go back to over and over again. Some stories you just want to play multiple times. With backward compatibility, you can keep playing your favorite games no need to pay for a remastered copy (if one is offered). Of course, you can always choose a remaster to support your favorite developers and enjoy the updated graphics, but it should be your choice.
PS5 will have backward compatibility for select titles
Based on the latest published specifications for the PS5, both the standard edition and the digital edition will be compatible with a «PS4 game catalog». It’s currently unclear how big that catalog will be, but Sony promises that some PS4 and PSVR games will be played on the PS5 with faster speeds and smoother frame rates.
Sony has also unveiled a new PS Plus collection, giving PS Plus subscribers the ability to download some PS4 titles for free. The service, which will launch with the new console, is similar to Xbox Game Pass. The initial list of included games spans a wide range of genres with some big hits like God of War, Persona 5 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
PS4 game publishers also have the option to upgrade their titles to make them digital PS5 games. On the other hand, some of the games that will be released for the PS5 will also have PS4 versions so that you can play them even if you haven’t updated your console yet.
Why would the PS5 offer backward compatibility when the PS4 doesn’t?
One of the key reasons the PS4 failed to offer backward compatibility the way the Xbox One had was a notable change in the way the PS4 was built. The leap from the PS3 architecture to the PS4 did not allow for backward compatibility as it will between the PS4 and PS5.
The main architect of the PS5 console, Mark Cerny, said it will be compatible because the next-generation console is based, in part, on the architecture of the PS4. This means that the games you love for the PS4 should still be playable when the PS5 goes on sale in November.
Save those discs and feel free to create your game library in 2020; PlayStation should be entering this next generation on the right foot this time.
The PS5 is now available to pre-order. It is scheduled for release from November 12 in select countries and November 19 in other parts of the world. The standard version is available for € 499 while the digital version will cost € 399.