PS5 Will Be Backwards Compatible With Almost All PS4 Games At Launch

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When buying the next-generation of consoles, an important feature that players expect is that the new consoles will be compatible with older games. Backwards compatibility allows players to seamlessly transition to an upgrade without worrying about losing all their games. With that in mind, PlayStation fans will be excited to know that the upcoming PS5 will be backwards compatible with 99% of PS4 games.

Sony previously stated that most PS4 games will be compatible with the upcoming PS5 and more backwards compatible games will be added in the future. Now, the company has confirmed that almost all PS4 titles will be playable on the PS5 at launch.

Earlier, Ubisoft had stated that the PlayStation 5 will not be backwards compatible with older PlayStation consoles. However, that statement can no longer be found on the company's website, which is increasing the hopes in players that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with not only the PS4, but also PS3, PS2, and the original PlayStation console.

Some fans expect backwards compatibility to be an important feature that all next-gen consoles should strive towards. The absence of such an important feature harms game preservation, making it inconvenient for players to seamlessly switch from an old generation console to the next generation. Moreover, older consoles are just like any other tech and can decay over time, making it difficult to run older games.

Even though we aren't sure what games will and will not be backwards compatible with the PS5, fans can expect that a majority of popular PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.

On a similar note, Microsoft also confirmed that the Xbox Series X/S will be backwards compatible with all previous Xbox consoles including the Xbox One, Xbox 360, the original Xbox, as well as with games that require a Kinect sensor. Keep in mind that backwards compatibility is limited to only the games already supported. This means that the Xbox Series X/S will not be able to run every single original Xbox and Xbox 360 game.

The PlayStation 5 is launching on November 12.

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