Backward compatibility is a giant matter for avid gamers and the upcoming next-gen methods. Sony hasn’t publicly talked about this matter as a lot as Microsoft has for its Xbox Series X, however Eurogamer has seen developer paperwork which state that builders of PlayStation four video games that are submitted for certification with Sony on or after July 13 should make these titles “technically” playable on the PlayStation 5.
The report’s qualifier of “technically” playable on the PS5 implies that it is as much as every developer to ensure that is the case, though Sony is working with its companions on the method.
Also, submitted is totally different than launched, as corporations should flip of their titles to Sony for approval months earlier than they arrive out. This implies that PS4 video games releasing this summer season could fall exterior the July 13 begin level – though Eurogamer believes that high-profile first-party summer season titles Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II will certainly play on the PS5.
The report additionally reveals that PS4 titles should include the identical options between the methods, and any replace or remaster of the title after the July 13 cutoff must retain compatibility. Updates or remasters submitted earlier than that date could be “strongly recommended” to maintain compatibility.
Sony has beforehand talked about backward compatibility for the PS5, but it surely’s unknown what number of PS4 titles will likely be playable on the PS5’s launch later this yr. In March, system architect Mark Cerny stated that just about all the prime 100 PS4 titles based mostly on playtime the place playable on the time on the PS5.
Sony is hosing a stay stream on June four specializing in PS5 video games, so maybe we’ll hear extra about backward compatibility at the moment.