Let’s talk PS5 backwards compatibility.
As soon as the PS4 launched in 2013, my PS3 was put aside and has been gathering dust ever since.
Without backwards compatibility, playing some of my favorite PS3 games was too much hassle. It meant disconnecting and moving my PS4 from the small stand underneath my TV. Taking half the stuff out of the cupboard under the stairs to find the PS3, and then setting it up. Consequently, the only PS3 games I've played since 2013 have been remasters that have been released digitally on the PlayStation Store.
As time has gone on, I don't see PS4 backwards compatibility as a big thing. I don't miss the games in my PS3 collection. They’ve been replaced by some fantastic titles that push the power of Sony's latest console, and play and look a lot better than most PS3 games.
However, the difference between the PS3 and PS4 was worlds apart, with a new architecture that is 10 times more powerful than its last console, and far less complex to work with. Quite simply, playing PS3 games on PS4 is akin to playing Nintendo DS games on a Nintendo Switch - why would anyone want to do that? With the PS5, however, the upgrade will be much more subtle, and PS4 games should stand the test of time in terms of performance and visuals.
PS5 backwards compatibility – Playing PS4 games on your new console
Though we're yet to hear anything of substance about the PS5, it's clear we're moving quickly towards an era where physical discs will become a distant memory. The PlayStation 5 could be the first console that takes that step, with players downloading all titles from the PlayStation Store. I'd expect to see much larger hard-drives and extra cloud storage space to accommodate the new era of digital gaming, and I'm certain that PS5 backwards compatibility will be a thing.
Right now, I buy all my PS4 games digitally because it's convenient, but also because I firmly believe that all digital titles that you download now on PS4 will be backwards compatible on PS5. With an era of fantastic games, such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and brilliant multiplayer experiences, players will want to dip back into those games. Sony would be foolish not to let them.
Of course, PS5 backwards compatibility comes with its downsides for Sony. They'll want players to buy the new games to make more profit. However, I believe Sony will make the PS5 backwards compatibility feature part of its PlayStation Plus subscription - you'll pay more in order to play your favorite PS4 games.
Right now, we don't even know PS5 release date, yet alone any of its new features, but backwards compatibility is a certainty.
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