If you’re a Playstation 4 owner and were one of those ones who got salty over the console not having backwards compatibility functionality like the Xbox One did, then your worries might be over. Playstation 5 backwards compatibility is apparently a certainty when the console releases, according to ex-Gameblog writer Julien Chièze.
While the Playstation 4 does have a lot of really good games on its roster, such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, Nier Automata, Persona 5, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, and the near-release God of War, it’s still lacking something that even the Xbox One, which is seen by many as an inferior console, has: backwards compatibility.
The closest thing that we’re getting currently to Playstation backwards compatibility is the Playstation Now service, where players can pay a monthly fee to be able to stream older games from previous Playstation consoles. However, Xbox One’s backwards compatibility system allows you to only have to pay for an older game once and own it forever.
While there hasn’t been any official confirmation from Sony about Playstation 5 backwards compatibility, developers that have been told about the console have in turn told Chièze that they are 100% certain that the console will have backwards compatibility.
Since the Playstation 5 is only a small stride forward rather than a huge leap like the Playstation 4 was, there’s likely much more room for backwards compatibility this time around, so if you ever feel like you want to play Horizon: Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, Persona 5, or any other one of the Playstation 4’s great games, you’ll still be able to without having to keep your Playstation 4 around.
Hopefully the same will apply to other Playstation games, such as Playstation 3 or Playstation 2, both of which have had a number of very good games and classic Playstation series of their own.
Either way, hopefully Playstation will show off more of the Playstation 5 and possible Playstation 5 backwards compatibility later, possibly around E3.