PS5 will be 99 percent backward compatible with PS4 games  09/17/2020 00:48:22   Jay Peters
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Sony revealed the PlayStation 5s price and release date ($399 for the all-digital version, and $499 for the one with a disc drive, both out on November 12th), as well as the companys six launch titles that will be available at release. Thats not a huge lineup, and you might be wondering if you can play some of your PS4 collection on your new PS5 as more games become available  and fortunately, it seems like theres a good chance you will.

The new console is 99 percent backward compatible with the PS4 games the company has tested on it so far, Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said 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 hearing that 99 percent should work on the new console is assuring, if unspecific.

And while Sony hasnt shared an exact list of which games will be backward compatible, we do know that PS5 owners will be able to download and play a classic collection of PS4 games with just a PlayStation Plus subscription, including God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End.

But even though we dont know all the details about PS5s backward compatibility, the situation already sounds a lot better than what was available during the PS4s 2013 launch, where you were able to play exactly zero PS3 games. That didnt change until the launch of PlayStation Now, Sonys game streaming service, a year later, but the service only offers a curated list of PS3 games (and now, PS2 and PS1 games). And PlayStation Now doesnt let you play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games you already own  youre only able to play whats available on the service.

The Xbox One also didnt have backward compatibility during its 2013 launch, but added the ability to play some Xbox 360 games in 2015 and expanding that to the original Xbox in 2017  though in both cases, Microsoft had to individually make each game work on Xbox One over time. But Microsoft promises that the upcoming Xbox Series X / S will be able to play thousands of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games.

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