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Sony Clarifies PS5 Backwards Compatability

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Sony Clarifies PS5 Backwards Compatability

Sony has clarified the backwards compatibility of the PS5 console following fan backlash.

Earlier this week, Sony unveiled the official specs for its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. The specs were revealed in a digital event hosted by the console’s Lead Architect Mark Cerny who provided an in-depth look into the technology of the console.

During the event, Cerny revealed that the new console will be backwards compatible with PS4 games. However, Cerny explained that only 100 or so of the best PS4 games will be compatible with the new console, sparking concern and anger from fans.

To combat the backlash, Sony issued a statement yesterday on the PlayStation Blog clarifying the console’s backwards compatibility. The full statement reads:

“A quick update on backwards compatibility – With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalogue, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favourites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.

“We’re expecting backwards compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions. We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.”

The statement concluded: “In his presentation, Mark Cerny provided a snapshot into the Top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well our backwards compatibility efforts are going. We have already tested hundreds of titles and are preparing to test thousands more as we move toward launch. We will provide updates on backwards compatibility, along with much more PS5 news, in the months ahead. Stay tuned!”

This has since calmed a majority of Sony’s fans who were initially disappointed over the lack of backwards compatible games.

PS5 Specs

In the presentation, which was originally planned for the cancelled Game Developers Conference, Mark Cerny revealed that the console’s SSD will significantly reduce loading times and will be able to load up 5.5GB of data within a second.

What’s more, the console will feature enhanced 3D audio via a custom-built engine that Cerny says will offer a “compelling audio experience for all users”.

The official specs, meanwhile, have revealed that the console will have 10.28 teraflops, a 3.5GHz CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an 825GB SSD. What’s more, the PS5 will support 4K visuals at a 120Hz refresh rate.

Sony’s official reveal came days after Microsoft revealed the specs of its Xbox Series X console in a series of blog posts, leading console and tech fans to compare the two systems. The specs suggest that the new Xbox console will be somewhat more powerful than the PS5 but that Sony’s console is much faster.

Both consoles are set to release this Holiday season and neither Microsoft or Sony have revealed the price of their consoles. With upcoming game industry events cancelled or postponed, it’s unclear when we’ll receive more information about the next generation of home consoles. Stay tuned.

Image credit: PlayStation YouTube

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