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Sony: 'Overwhelming Majority' of PS4 Games Will be Playable on PS5

Sony: 'Overwhelming Majority' of PS4 Games Will be Playable on PS5 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 September 2020 / 4,527 Views

It was reported earlier this week that most of the top 100 most played PlayStation 4 games will work on the PlayStation 5 on launch day. However, Sony Interactive Entertainment has provided an update saying that the majority of PS4 games will be playable on PS5. 

"With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalog, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5," said Sony. "We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.

"We’re expecting backward 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.

"In his presentation, Mark Cerny provided a snapshot into the Top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well our backward 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 backward compatibility, along with much more PS5 news, in the months ahead. Stay tuned!"


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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50 Comments
Hiku (on 20 March 2020)

No hope for Life of Black Tiger?

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Azzanation Hiku (on 20 March 2020)

Oh god, well you never know, it might slide in there.

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Hiku Hiku (on 20 March 2020)

Actually now that I think about it, maybe it's highly likely that it will? Because it was a mystery how that was approved for the PSN store in the first place. Conspiracy theories suggest the owner of the game knows a Sony higher up. lol Now I'm going to keep an eye out for this game on the BC list.

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Tridrakious (on 20 March 2020)

Full PlayStation backwards compatibility needs to be the focus

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V-r0cK Tridrakious (on 20 March 2020)

Why focus on the past when we should be focusing on the future :P

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Bandorr Tridrakious (on 20 March 2020)

It clearly is the focus. "we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5."

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Tridrakious Tridrakious (on 20 March 2020)

Full BC for all PlayStation platforms

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V-r0cK Tridrakious (on 20 March 2020)

@Bandorr ...they devoted significant efforts on BWC sure, but you're mistaken if you think they didn't devote even more significant effort to the PS5 and its future.

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Bandorr Tridrakious (on 20 March 2020)

Don't quite know what you mean V-rock. is BWC backwards compatibility? Never seen it with the W. And yeah probably.
They probably started at the top and then started supporting the PS4.

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DonFerrari Tridrakious (on 20 March 2020)

Not really, there isn't enough demand to justify the cost.

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Mystro-Sama (on 20 March 2020)

Why not all though?

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Radek Mystro-Sama (on 20 March 2020)

Because it takes time and we don't know what solution they are taking.

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Bandorr Mystro-Sama (on 20 March 2020)

No one is doing all. Even Xbox put out a correction explaining that.

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DonFerrari Mystro-Sama (on 20 March 2020)

Because sometime sw just don't work and possibly some of those will be game barely anyone cares.

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JRPGfan (on 21 March 2020)

Good they clarified its not just the top100 most played titles.
Now get to the PS3/PS2/PS1 titles as well :)

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coolbeans JRPGfan (on 21 March 2020)

Sorry, but that's incredibly unlikely if PSNow continues existing.

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Eric2048 (on 20 March 2020)

It's a little strange that they say this right after the xbox announcement. But whatever. The more games the better.

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Bandorr Eric2048 (on 20 March 2020)

They did it to clarify to the people that there will be more than 100 BC.
Same reason Xbox had to post a clarification that they aren't 100% BC.

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Eric2048 Eric2048 (on 20 March 2020)

I didn't see that. so xbox one games are not 100% BC?

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Bandorr Eric2048 (on 20 March 2020)

https://www.vgchartz.com/article/442837/all-xbox-one-games-will-work-on-xbox-series-x-updated/
You can see the update.
They tweeted something. When asked for clarification they deleted that tweet and added the one in the tweet.
Sounds very much like what Sony is doing.
They are "testing" what games will work and expect to have thousands when it releases.

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Bandorr Eric2048 (on 20 March 2020)

My reply didn't show up. Maybe it will later and this is a duplicate? Go look at the other article on the front page. It talks about the Xbox. It got a correction. Xbox is testing their games and expect thousands to be there at launch. So not full BC but who knows how close.

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DonFerrari Eric2048 (on 20 March 2020)

They did it because a lot of publications were confused about PS5 BC.

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DonFerrari (on 20 March 2020)

That was obvious, I said it.

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Mr Puggsly DonFerrari (on 22 March 2020)

The problem is Sony was being too vague. Their top 100 games comment suggested they're really just focusing on a relatively small number of popular games. It still seems a tad concerning they've only tested hundreds of games at this point for example.

MS hasn't really confirmed how many games will be supported at launch. But Sony's bad messaging encouraged MS to boast thousands of games will work at launch.

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DonFerrari DonFerrari (on 22 March 2020)

Just for people with comprehension problems. Cerny said they took years on putting the logic of PS4 inside the silicon (to never be removed) and that they TESTED the top 100 most played and almost all worked perfectly. Then whoever that wanted to create problems run with only 100 games being BC at launch.

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Mr Puggsly DonFerrari (on 22 March 2020)

Here's a thought. Why didn't Sony simply say, "We hope to get the entire library working and thousands could work at launch. Among them are virtually all the most played games"

You will defend Sony and neglect the messaging was terrible.

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DonFerrari DonFerrari (on 22 March 2020)

Because they are hoping, they tested and know most games will work fine. You want to say they could message it better sure that is ok, but that wasn't what you were coming from.

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Bandorr DonFerrari (on 22 March 2020)

Why did Xbox tweet out "All Xbox One Games Will Work on Xbox Series X" only to then have to shamefully delete it and post an updated tweet with a correction?

Not to mention we already have people in this thread complaining about "believe" do you think hope would have gone over any better?

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Mr Puggsly DonFerrari (on 22 March 2020)

@Bandorr - It was the opposite with MS. They accidentally said everything will work. But even the update clarifying only thousamds will work at launch was still better than Sony's original statement.

Most important, Sony clarified they tested hundreds of games. Unfortunately, they only tested hundreds of games.

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pikashoe (on 22 March 2020)

This is great and all, but I'd love to see some new games.

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starcraft (on 20 March 2020)

'We believe.' Sounds like 'one day, hope this blows over'.

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Bandorr starcraft (on 21 March 2020)

I thought it sounds like "at a minimum this console isn't coming out for another 8 months." Otherwise you get the same people going 'but but but but you said, YOU SAID' etc.

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Dante9 (on 23 March 2020)

Why would you buy a new console to play old games? People are weird.

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Mr Puggsly (on 22 March 2020)

I may have been too harsh on Sony in their previous statements about BC. The way Sony presents it though, it sounds like the compatibility list could be disappointing at launch.

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Jumpin (on 21 March 2020)

Hey Sony, could you confirm whether or not most PS5 games be playable on PS5? I need some more obvious information =)

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Ashadelo (on 20 March 2020)

why two different statements in the same week?

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Bandorr Ashadelo (on 20 March 2020)

Because people are overly simple. They actually though the BC was limited to just 100 games. So they had to clarify for the easily confused.

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DonFerrari Ashadelo (on 20 March 2020)

They aren't different. This is a clarification for who didn't understand that 100 was the test for boosting, but that BC logic was on the chip of PS5 so most games would work fine anyway.

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Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

This looks like damage control after the Xbox announcement. Not sure why they didn't design the machine with full backwards compatibility with the PS4 in mind.

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Hiku Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

They actually had AMD build the custom chipset with PS4 logic in mind. This took AMD years to do.
But each game has to be tested individually. It's the same thing with Xbox. Only Xbox have a 5-6 year head start on making games compatible.

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Bandorr Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

"While we are still in the process of validating, we can confirm thousands of games will be playable at launch."
"we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5."

The first one was Xbox. The second was Cerny.
Xbox is in the process of validating. So is Sony.
Xbox is confirming "thousands of games". Sony is claiming 4k+ titles.

Neither are doing full BC. They are both doing the testing.

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Zenos Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

@Bandorr You know perfectly well that I was referring to the original Xbox tweet saying that all Xbox One games will be backwards compatible.

Even ignoring that, the difference is quite obvious - thousands of Xbox One games playable at launch vs a 100 of the most popular on the PS4. The difference is obvious.

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Bandorr Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

Zenos you seem confused - on multiple fronts.
I will start with the most obvious one.
"We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5."

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DonFerrari Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

Never missing a chance to say something very wrong to take a dig at playstation.

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Zenos Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

@Bandorr Did you somehow missed the words AT LAUNCH in my post? I capitalised them this time so hopefully it helps.

You can post that vague quote 4000+ more times and it doesn't change anything I said, but do keep damage controlling even when it's not necessary.

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Zenos Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

@DonFerrari Or really now? What's the "very wrong" thing I've said here? This should be fun.

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DonFerrari Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

You are plenty wrong on PS5 not being designed with PS4 BC in mind. But you keep refusing to admit.

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Zenos Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

@DonFerrari Hm, so much like Bandorr up there, you didn't read what I wrote. Let's try the above strategy again. From my original post - "with FULL BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY with the PS4 in mind". Hopefully this stop you from misrepresenting me, but I somehow doubt it since you jump on every one of my posts criticising Sony. You must be some sort of a console partisan.

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Hiku Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

What Bandorr seems to be referring to is that both PS5 and XSX were designed with full BC capability in mind. They'll just have to test and patch them on a game by game basis. Some game here and there may not be feasible, but you should have the vast majority of titles available in the end for both systems. Microsoft rather seems to have a head start in testing games for BC, which is likely due to them already having the BC solution invented 5+ years ago. While Sony had to wait for AMD for a few years to come up with a solution for them, before they could begin testing.

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Zenos Zenos (on 20 March 2020)

@Hiku, no that's what you were saying and I agree that's the case. What Bandorr was doing was misrepresenting what I was saying and trying to divert the conversation in a direction saying that eventually both consoles will be backwards compatible, while I specifically mentioned the launch window in my initial post.

One could argue that if both consoles were designed with full BC in mind then the architectural solution should've made it possible on day 1 similar to PS2 with PS1 games. Of course there would be the odd one that wouldn't work, but when BC was mentioned this is what the general public perceived. The new solution is more akin to a fusion of emulation and porting.

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