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PS5 Backwards Compatibility Confirmed

The current console generation is nearing its end, and while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have brought smiles to many gamers' faces, many have begun looking to the future. However, it appears part of that future will involve older games, as the PS5 will be backward compatible with PS4 games.

Mike Cerny, Sony's lead system architect, recently went into detail about what fans can expect from the next generation of PlayStation hardware. While the first PS5 specs have revealed a surprising amount of information about the next generation, the detail of backward compatibility coming to the system may seem minor to some. However, its one of the most requested features out there for the console. Sony adding it to the system is a good sign that the company is listening to fans.

The PS5 and PS4 consoles share similar architecture, which is why the former is able to support the latter's games with relative ease. Cerny didn't confirm whether or not older generations will also be supported, but it seems likely that Sony would at least look into supporting the feature more broadly. The similar system architecture will also result in more cross-platform games early in the system's lifespan, which may lead to Death Stranding being a PS4 and PS5 release.

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Sony won't be at E3, so fans probably still have quite some time before the PS5 is completely revealed. It's possible that Sony could make an announcement at PSX this year, but even that may be wishful thinking. There's still a lot we don't know about the console, though we do have a rumored price point of $499.99 for the PS5 that recently leaked online. It's a higher price than what the PS4 released at, but it may be worth the additional investment considering the increase in power if the rumor does turn out to be true.

There's still plenty of time before gamers can get their hands on Sony's PS5, but it will interesting see how Microsoft handles its next console, too. More details will emerge as time progresses, but it's certainly exciting to see the future of games already taking shape. Soon, it will be up to developers to take advantage of the newer hardware with systems such as the PS5.

Source: Wired

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