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PS5 Backwards Compatibility With PS4 Games Looking Likely

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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 They’ve been replaced by some fantastic titles that push the power of Sony’s latest console, and play and look a lot better than most PS3 games.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

In a new patent registered by Sony a while back, and now updated on October 2, 2018, it looks like that we’ll get backwards compatibility with PS4 games. It also appears that could extend to PS3, PS2 and PSOne games. Check out the wording from the patent, which is titled “Remastering by emulation”.

Each asset such as a texture called for by legacy software such as a legacy computer game software has a unique identifier associated with it. The unique identifier can be rendered by imposing a hash on the asset, and then the asset stored with its identifier in a data structure. An artist remasters the textures for presentation on a higher resolution display than envisioned in the original software, and stores them back in the data structure with their identifiers. The original software is then played on the higher resolution display, with asset (such as texture) calls being intercepted, identified, and the data structure entered to retrieve the remastered asset having a matching identifier. The remastered asset is then inserted on the fly into the game presentation.

The last sentence seems to suggest that the numerous remasters of PS3 games that we’ve seen on PS4 won’t be happening on PS5.

Though we’re yet to hear anything of substance about the PS5 from Sony, 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.

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Digital PS4 games playable on PS5?

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.

Do you want to be able to play PS4 games on PS5? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • tk11

    i hope they’ll add ps3 backwards compatibility too

  • Wanooknox

    They’d better not remove the disc drive! Otherwise they’ll lose the one big value prop that a console has. Tons of people have hundreds of DVDs and Blu-rays and to the technically illiterate it’s just easier to pop in a DVD than figure out Google Play or Apple TV. My family is filled with people like this. If they take out the disc drive, they will l sell a lot fewer consoles because it would mean giving up the dvd player for mom or dad whoo don’t understand streaming.

    On top of that, if they really want to offer backwards compatibility there’s still hundreds of disc media games in the wild that loads of people still want to have. Discs are the only way to facilitate reselling. I suppose if they want to kill off the reseller market, they could, but they’d lose a lot of players in the process.

    • hski333

      Im with you on that. You can lend, borrow or give/ re-sell discs bot to mention 4k blue ray drive. The majority of games sold are still physical copies because of the flexibility and choice in owning them, not to mention poor quality internet and low quality streaming can’t even show true 4k, we are 20-30 years away from digital only. In fact we will probably never see digital only for the reasons above.

    • Al Buns

      Don’t listen to the media bs about no disc drive. There are countries who don’t have high speed internet so they need TV he disc drive and Sony makes money off blu ray so a disc drive will be used for both games and movies. It is a benefit for Sony to sell discs as their blu ray player is in the Xbox One.

  • Beasley2K

    This article is full of so much wrong.

    First of all, the headline is misleading: it suggests that backwards compatibility has been confirmed, when the full body text makes it clear that this is speculation. Saying that backwards compatibility comes with a downside for Sony as people are less likely to buy new games is also a lie: no-one will buy a PS5 to play their PS4 games, just as no-one bought a PS4 to play their PS3 games, and so on. So while backwards compatibility provides extra options for us gamers in playing our old games, it hardly makes us any less likely to buy new ones. And finally, the belief that Sony will make backwards compatibility a part of PlayStation Plus is ridiculous: I am fairly certain they are not stupid enough to provide a console with the architecture to play old games, but charge people to do so. Can you imagine the uproar from people being charged to play games they already own? That will be suicide and is something I expect of Microsoft and Xbox. A silly speculation article is what this is.

    With regards to backwards compatibility itself, it’s something I’d like to see, but isn’t a deciding feature to me. I’ll be buying a PS5 to play PS5 games, as will everyone else, and as I already have both a PS3 and a PS4 to play their respective games, the only benefit this will provide is convenience. While a good feature to include, it’s an incredibly over-rated and over-stated one, as evident by the lack of people actually using the Xbox One to play 360 games. The only real benefit will be for people that didn’t own a PS4, but that’s what PlayStation Now is for. It has its uses, but I can do without it if it leads to any more than a mild increase in price. I don’t really want to pay an extra £50 to be able to play games I can already play, nor does any other sane person.

    TL;DR – The article is misleading and wrong, and personally backwards compatibility is a welcome bonus, but not essential.

    • Al Buns

      People didn’t care when PS3 and Wii U had bc. Suddenly its hyped now that M$ finally added the feature.

  • Russia Good

    What a stupid article of some moronic buffoon. If consoles are digital only bye bye, then there is no reason anymore to not just going full PC where i have total control over my download purchases. You must the biggest spastic gamer to still play on consoles if that happens.

    • Gamelore

      Agreed. Consoles’ only strong point now is its DRM-free discs since PC eliminated ownership. If forced to go digital, I will obviously go to PC DRM-free routes rather than PSN DRM, so I at least have control (if not ownership). Meanwhile, I’ll laugh at PS5 like a PSPGO.

      • Al Buns

        You cant play exclusives on PC so PC still isnt worth it. God of War 2, Spidrr-Man 2, HZD will nog be on PC.

    • leonffs

      That’s a big reason why I prefer PC, backwards compatible for decades now. I can still play my DOS games if I want to.

  • mgec

    I think I’ve already skipped PS4 generation, so this backward compatibility would be just brilliant.

    • Beasley2K

      Well we’re only about halfway through.

      • mgec

        We could easily get PS5 by 2019. I’m not sure.

  • Ok, but what about PS1 titles on the PS5? Thats what I want.

    • freddy_uk

      ps1 games work on ps3 and two and one

      • yes, all playstation consoles have, up to the ps4, supported ps1 titles.
        a large lot of which I bought on the PS store. I feel utterly backstabbed that I can’t download them to the ps4, even if I had to rebuy them.

        • freddy_uk

          because there only a small merge of people would use it everyone big AAA 60FPP games

          • i honestly doubt it’s costly to implement Classics support

  • Nikolas K

    Game discs are here to stay, stop with your nonsense! I Don’t want to live in a world where i can’t use my game discs

    • freddy_uk

      aggreed !

    • bizkut

      Agree. The same reason why vinyl record still exist.

    • Al Buns

      Exactly. They still put movies on disc and they sell. Video games are not music and the size of games are huge.

  • marc fletcher

    I have PS4 game so yes I would like to play PS4 games on the ps5

  • freddy_uk

    I think your right, sony will use same hardware tricks as this gen as it work so well. being same line of chips they would be a fall not to have backward compat! maybe even upscare aswell (?)

    If ps5 double power or ps4 they could have it you have two games(ps4) running at same time and you can switch when your mates come online ?

    we see

  • Brandon Christiance

    I think it should be backwards compatible to at least the PS3 and why do I say that?

    This is why…

  • lolcatz6657

    I’d love for it to be backwards compatible. I really want to play games like xillia 2/Graces F again, but don’t want to have to buy a ps3 to do that.

  • WakeforFakeCake

    The Playstation Plus idea is complete crap. Don’t give them any stupid ideas. They should not be forcing anyone to pay more to play a game they already own. That is NOT the same as the free games through PS+, which have not been paid for by the consumer and so are not actually owned unless bought separately.

  • i agree
    Ps4 has sold about 70 million consoles in the worldwide market and now the sony company is moving a step forward in the gaming console market as they are willing to launch PlayStation 5 in the market.
    With this new, the other gaming company are also making their mind to release new consoles in the market and so that give they can give a tough fight to the Sony PlayStation console.
    The companies who are giving a fight are Xbox and Nintendo.
    As Xbox is the product of Microsoft and Nintendo is the Japanese company and these two companies are consistently focusing on the graphics and new innovation for the gaming consoles that one make a mind clear to buy these consoles
    On the regular basis x box consistently released a console in the market as Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox s and Nintendo has released a good console like Nintendo with and Nintendo wi-U and affect the Sony PlayStation consoles on the regular basis.
    One basic draw back of choosing sony playstation consoles are the online gaming as we have to pay for the online gaming and sony playstation accessories are much expensive than the xbox and nintendo means if we wanna buy a remote for the ps4 it will cost you around 80$ and same case is with game if you wanna buy a new game the rates are always at the peak so that is also the reason that people want a console which is pockets friendly for every person who loves gaming and I definately know that sony playstation 5, when released the rates of its accessories and gaming console, will also be much more that no one can easily buy it for thier child and for himself too.
    Ps4 is still dominating the market because of its user-friendly features and the graphics of the games are also so real.
    But as Sony announces the new PlayStation console as PlayStation 5 all aged game loving persons have an eye on the launch.
    And as we are all human being in our mind we have a lot of question that what will be the cost of ps5?
    Is it easily affordable for persons?
    What changes have been done as ps4 is also perfect console?
    What will be the graphics quality of ps 5?
    Does it break all the sales records of gaming consoles?
    And which company will release its competitors?

  • nathan

    the only problem i have and many more people like me is you cant sell a used digital copy of a game. if they lower the price of new digital copy’s from $60 to $40 or allow us to sell our digital copy’s it would be worth it to buy digital. but until then digital copy’s are not worth it.

  • nathan

    i’ll drop some knowledge to you guy’s so remember you read it here and it came from me. sony for sure and probably xbox both have a contract with AMD for there apu’s. so knowing this it’s more than likely to be a 4k hdr raven ridge apu. with it being a 4k apu and ddr4 memory being cheap were looking at 16 gigabytes of memory. they will also use a 4k blue ray player for the drive as the prices are down to acceptable levels. knowing that current gen is and next gen will be a pc platform you can expect Sony and Microsoft to just upgrade the operating system rather than build one from scratch to save money. with all this info there is no excuse for the ps5 or the xbox two not to be backwards compatible.
    ps5/xbox two
    apu: AMD 4K Raven Ridge apu
    memory: 16gb of DDR4
    disc drive: 4k blue ray
    hard drive: 1tb minimum
    price: release this year $499 with no profit release next year $399 marginal profit.
    release date: expect it in q4 2019

  • nathan

    now here is something i wish would happen with ps5/xbox two. everybody knows you can use a keyboard and mouse on current gen consoles so if google made chrome for the next gen consoles with keyboard/mouse support it would crush the pc market. you would have a gaming system capable of 4k and the ability to surf the net at ease that’s everything a pc gamer wants in there pc.

    • Al Buns

      Consoles are not PCs though so nobody wants that.

      • nathan

        YOUR AN IDIOT.

  • Kuldeep Pal

    yes I think it should be compulsory to ps5 backward compatibility and I think we all should be able to play all the games of ps4 in ps5

  • Mattewis Kat

    Backward compatibility for me is an imperative. Not including it will be an unquestionable deal-breaker. I’ve invested way too much in my games portfolio! If the BluRay drive isn’t included, they should also include the option for a separately purchasable USB add-on accessory optical drive.

  • Al Buns

    Physical discs are not going anywhere. The media nedds to stop spreading that none sense. The general public buys discs. Thats was why Black Friday is so big.

  • C Davis

    A New generation of Blu-ray disks might come in handy……..200-500GB….mouth watering….

  • Gamelore

    Download? That’s not how backwards compatibility works.

    • Dakota Hoffman

      What are you basing that on? Its a means to a solution. Of course theyre not going to redistribute physical copies. Look at how Microsoft adds 360 backwards compatibility to the XBOX One …..downloading…patches…..

  • Mt Allen

    I hate Sony anyway, I’m an Xbox guy, however, if I had the loot I’d buy a PS4, 2 controllers and a copy of Street Fighter 5, the only PS4 exclusive I want to play.