The exact details of PS5’s backwards compatibility have been murky for a long time now, but Sony is doing its best to clear the air with everything short of a major preview program like Microsoft has been running with the Xbox Series X. At the end of the week, an info page on Sony’s support site went into more detail than we’ve ever had before, with one funny little section. While the “overwhelming majority” of PS4’s 4.000+ games will run on PS5, some won’t. And Sony released a little list:
- Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One
- TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2
- Just Deal With It!
- Shadow Complex Remastered
- Robinson: The Journey
- We Sing
- Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
- Joe’s Diner
It’s a fun strategy: by acknowledging that no, not all PS4 games will work on PS5, Sony actually underlines just how little that will theoretically matter if the list looks like this. There are two games here that I know about, and they’re actually both great: Shadow Complex Remastered and Hitman GO: Definitive Edition, but all in all the list is obscure and specific enough that it should assuage people’s fears that their favorite games won’t work on the new machine. Unless your favorite games include Just Deal With It! I suppose. Sony acknowledges that this list might change, of course.
I’m cautiously optimistic about backwards compatibility given this recent information. There’s still this one line on Sony’s support page that gives me pause, however: “In addition, some PS4 games may exhibit errors or unexpected behavior when played on PS5 consoles.” That line is general enough that we don’t know how many games it might apply to, and it’s the sort of language you put in a page like this to acknowledge that unexpected problems are going to occur.
Still, like I said, cautiously optimistic. In a broad, philosophical sense, Xbox still has a much more robust backwards compatibility program than PlayStation this time around, but I have a feeling that we’re not going to notice this nearly so much when consoles actually start shipping. So long as the majority of big games work on the new consoles, things will be more or less fine.