Backward compatibility: Xbox advantage
Just a few days ago, Microsoft explained in detail how backward compatibility works on its future Xbox Series X. The American giant indicated in particular that thousands of games (Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) will be playable on Xbox Series X, from the launch of the console. Indeed, on the PS4 / Xbox One generation, Microsoft has clearly taken the advantage over Sony at the level of the now precious backward compatibility.
On the side of the Japanese giant, if the PS2 had offered full backward compatibility with the PSOne game library, things got a little complicated with the PS3, first compatible with PSOne and PS2 (with the 60 GB model at € 599), before Sony does not decide to draw a line under the PS2 generation, the PS3 then being able to read only PSOne games. With the PS4, Sony could not have been more radical, by deciding not to offer the slightest backward compatibility, or even the slightest DVD medium…
PS5 backward compatibility in question
With the PS5, the question of backward compatibility is still very vague, and Sony would have decided to offer only a selection of PS4 games, playable on PS5. No PSOne games, nor PS2 or PS3. According to Eurogamer, Sony has reportedly recently demanded from development studios to make sure their games are up to running on PS5. Thus, the titles published after July 13 must imperatively be compatible with the PS5.
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It remains to be seen now what will happen to the very many titles already available on PS4 … We already know that The Last of Us Part 2 will be playable on PS5, just like (certainly) the next Ghost of Tsushima. We also imagine that Sony has taken the necessary steps to make its exclusives (GT Sport, Bloodborne, God of War, Uncharted, etc.) compatible with its future machine.
This Thursday at 10 p.m. Sony will present "The future of video games", with an appointment of about an hour, which will allow you to discover the first PS5 games, and (perhaps) a first overview of the console. It remains to be seen now whether the issue of backward compatibility will be quickly resolved. Remember that at one time, certain rumors evoked a "Full backward compatibility" for the PS5, a console capable of reading PSOne, PS2, PS3 and PS4 discs…