PS5 to Only be Backwards Compatible with the PS4?

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Despite concerns over the Coronavirus Outbreak, Sony has decided to make its big reveal for the PlayStation 5 today. With the console boasting backward compatibility, it's been revealed that the PS5 will only be compatible with PS4 games.

This was confirmed in the PS5 announcement video with PlayStation's Mark Cerny. It was apparently deemed too expensive to make the system backward compatible with PS2 and PS3 games, but on the launch, the PS5 will be backward compatible with the PS4.

While a lot of people are visibly angry at the notion that games from older iterations of the console won't be playable, it seems that the new system will be more malleable going forward, and it's possible that backward compatibility for older gens could come to PS5–just not on launch.

If anything, the PS5 will launch with 100 of the top PS4 games. Cerny explained, "We recently took a look at the top hundred PlayStation 4 titles as ranked by playtime, and we're expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5."Personally, I have my fingers crossed that the console will be linked to everyone's PS account, so the PS4 games you own will carry over to your library for the PS5. I just think it would be a massive inconvenience to suddenly have to restock my library all over again if I ever got a PS5.

For now, we still don't have a release date for the PS5, but the console is expected to come out this holiday season.

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