If PS4 was not backwards compatible, what makes you think that PS5 will?

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krg

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Oct 27, 2017
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You don't really need a power house to emulate PS1 and PS2 games, so all of a sudden people expect PS5 to be backwards compatible with most previous generations. In fact some people are taking advantage of current sales and are currently praying to the Gods so they become useful purchases at some point.

So what do you think?
In my opinion Sony doesn't give a f*ck and only a select group of PS4 games will be compatible.
 

Vertpin

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Oct 27, 2017
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I’m pretty sure Sony already confirmed it was backwards compatible with PS4. No clues about PS1, PS2, or PS3.
 

skeezx

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it's been confirmed

situation with ps3 --> ps4 is totally unrelated, technically and commercially.
 
Nov 4, 2017
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PS4 not having backwards compatibility and PS5 not having it are two very different situations. While I see your point about PS1/PS2 games, I think when we talk about PS5 BC we're mostly talking about it within the context of being able to play PS4 games on PS5, and given how similar the architecture will be, there's really no reason for it not to be there. I think MS going all in on BC has also put Sony in a position where they kinda have to as well.

If the PS5 has BC for every previous Playstation console really remains to be seen, but I personally think PS4 BC is what will happen at an absolute bare minimum.
 

Sargerus

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The fact that Sony said PS5 would be compatible with ALL PS4 games is not enough for you OP?
 

SnakeXs

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Wildly different landscape? Hardware not changing drastically, not coming from exotic architecture a la PS3 and having a cohesive ecosystem being necessary going forward.

Not commuting to BC and a growing, evolving ecosystem would be a massive misstep. Would pretty much guarantee I start the gen with series X and consider Sony when VR gets its time to shine.
 

Scottoest

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I mean, for one, x86 architecture makes it painfully simple to do.

The only question for me, is whether they do PS3 BC.
 

Iichter

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Oct 29, 2017
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Their similar architecture and the fact that people invest money more than ever on their PSN Account (not respecting those purchases could become an issue especially if their competitor does it) makes it a no-brainer.
 

Betelgeuse

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  • They announced BC
  • A bunch of the biggest games are GaaS
  • Increasing shift from physical to digital
  • Pressure from Microsoft to provide BC
PS5 will be BC with PS4 - at least 95% of the library, if not 100%.

It doesn't matter whether or not you think Sony "gives a fuck" about BC. There is enormous market pressure to provide the feature.
 

chandoog

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Oct 27, 2017
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It will be compatible because Cerny said it will be:


Cerny also confirmed the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, as the two consoles are built upon similar internal architectures. This will be welcome news for those who were disappointed by the PS4's lack of backwards compatibility with PS3, PS2, and PS1 games.
 

chrisPjelly

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Oct 29, 2017
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Because they said it will. Going back on their word would be a massive oof moment. But you're right in not expecting for PS1/2 compatibility outside the PSN releases.
 

ScottyJayMan

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Nov 1, 2017
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PS4 yes it will be backwards compatible. Though I could see them charging again for the PS2 classics to be compatible with PS5
 

Dogui

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PS3 was really weird as a hardware compared with all the other PS consoles. PS4 not being backwards compatible was an exception rather than the rule.
 

Lord Azrael

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Oct 25, 2017
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For an enthusiast forum, I am constantly surprised by just how uninformed many people are regarding what was already announced backwards compatibility wise, both on the PlayStation and Xbox side
 

TaySan

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Sony already confirmed it will with at least PS4 games. All other consoles are still up in the air.
 

Jobbs

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Oct 25, 2017
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PS4 and Xbox One are basically PCs. Previous consoles had unique architecture that made such a thing harder.
 
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