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PS5 Will Be 99% Backward Compatible With PS4 Games, CEO Reveals

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Sony PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has made the announcement most gamers using the console want to hear. The CEO revealed that the PS5 will be 99% backward compatible with PS4 games.


Ryan said in an interview with The Washington Post that the new console is ’99 percent’ backward compatible with the PS4 games the company has tested on it so far. Sony said it believed the ‘overwhelming majority’ of PS4 games would be backward compatible with the PS5 in March 2020.


Although we still do not know the exact games that will be backward compatible, PS5 owners can download and play a classic collection of PS4 games with just a PlayStation Plus subscription. The games include God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

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PS5’s backward compatibility situation is now more reassuring than during the PS4’s 2013 launch, where none of the PS3 games were backward compatible. However at the launch of PlayStation Now, Sony’s game streaming service, in 2014, that changed.


The service only offers a curated list of PS3 games (more recently PS2 and PS1 games). Also, PlayStation Now doesn’t allow users to play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games they already own, they can only play what’s available on the service.


Sony revealed the PlayStation 5’s price and release date with two variants which will be available by 12th November 2020. An all-digital version of the console will retail $399 and the one with a disc drive will retail for $499 plus Sony’s six launch titles will be available at release.


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